079 Francesca Musiani and the decentralized web

Francesca Musiani (PhD, socio-economics of innovation, MINES ParisTech, 2012), is Associate Research Professor at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) since 2014. She is Deputy Director of the Center for Internet and Society of CNRS, which she co-founded with Mélanie Dulong de Rosnay in 2019. She is also an associate researcher at the Center for the sociology of innovation (i3/MINES ParisTech) and a Global Fellow at the Internet Governance Lab, American University in Washington, DC.

Since 2006, Francesca’s research work focuses on Internet governance, in an interdisciplinary perspective merging information and communication sciences, science and technology studies (STS) and international law. Her most recent research explores, or has explored, the development and use of encryption technologies in secure messaging, “digital resistances” to censorship and surveillance in the Russian Internet and the governance of Web archives.

Citizen D advice:

  • We need political solutions in the field of information society
  • Regulatory measures are needed, since self-regulatory model does not work
  • Critical mass of users and citizens is needed in the field of decentralized tech

More information:

  • Resistance in Ukraine is also digital – blog post
  • Privacy as Invisibility: Pervasive Surveillance and the Privatization of Peer-to-Peer Systems – article
  • Infrastructuring digital sovereignty: a research agenda for an infrastructure-based sociology of digital self-determination practices – article

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