14th December 2017 USI - Università della Svizzera italiana 

First session Room 354 (USI main building)


8:15 Registration

8.45 / 9:00 Introduction speech


9:00 / 10:00 Keynote Speaker - Hu Yong, Peking University

The metaphoric Chinese Cyberspace: The highway, the wall and the cloud


10:30 / 12:00 Panel 1 / Focus on China - Chair: Hu Yong, Peking University

Bo An, Yale University           

Infrastructure, amateurism, and radical Networking: FidoNet in China (1995-1998)

Liu Jinhe, Tsinghua University

Regime evolution of China's regulation on transborder flow of dataFrom 1994 to 2017

Clément Renaud, École Polytechnique de Lausanne            

Grégory Bahde, Université Jean Monnet St Etienne          

From Davos to Beijing : the historical trajectory of the concept of sovereignty in Internet territories


12:00 / 13:00 Lunch


Second session Room 355 (USI main building)


13:00 / 14:30 Panel 2 / The legacy of the 1980s’ - Chair: Enrico Natale,

Camille Paloque-Berges, CNAM - Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers                           

Gerard Alberts, University of Amsterdam                             

Beyond the protocol wars: 1980s user cultures in Dutch inter-net nodes

Valérie Schafer, ISCC – Institut des Sciences de la Communication                                     

Benjamin Thierry, Université Paris Sorbonne     

The Internet and the Web as a “Super Minitel”

Kevin Driscoll, University of Virginia        

Thou shalt love thy BBS: a framework for the moderation of online communities


15:00 / 16:30 Panel 3 / European Histories - Chair: Christiane Sibille, Geschichte und Informatik

Mato Brautovic, University of Dubrovnik

Origins and development of Internet in Croatia: times of transition from communism to democracy and war for independence

Félix Tréguer, ISCC - Institut des Sciences de la Communication                                     

Dominique Trudel, Concordia University

From internet access provider to political advocacy: the history of the French data network

Luciano Lenzini, Fabio Gadducci, Giuseppe Lettieri, University of Pisa

On the Italian pioneering network projects: issues and challenges


17:00 / 18:30 Visit at the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS)


20:00 Conference Dinner at San Maurizio 1619 Truffle Bistrot Restaurant (address)



15th December 2017 – USI - Università della Svizzera italiana

First session Room 354 (USI main building)


9:00 / 10:00

Keynote Speaker - Benjamin Peters, University of Tulsa

The network and the historian: opportunities, challenges, surprises, disobedience


10:30 / 12:00 Panel 4 / Infrastructures – Chair: Simone Natale, Loughborough Univ.

Christian Henrich-Franke, University of Siegen 

Computer networks on copper cables

Paolo Magaudda, University of Padova     

The rising of Tor and the history of a network “in the dark”

Sebastian Gieβmann, University of Siegen             

Networking with/out computing? Remarks on the longue durée of networking practices


12:00 / 13:00 Lunch


Second session Room 354 (USI main building)


13:00/14:30 Panel 5 / A taste of BRICS’ histories - Chair: Benjamin Peters, University of Tulsa

Sophie Toupin, McGill University  

Hacking Apartheid

Marcelo Savio de Carvalho, IBM Brazil                       

Henrique Luiz Cukierman, Federal University of Rio      

The dawn of the internet in Brazil

Manushi, Indian Institute of Mass Communication           

Towards Digital India: Internet in India


15:00 / 16:30 Panel 6 / Networking Memories - Chair: Marco Colombetti, USI

Raúl Carnota, FCEN Argentina

Lucas de Almeida Pereira, UNESP Brazil   

SHIALC: History and memory of computer science in Latin America

Guido Koller, Swiss Federal Archives        

Of men and register. The foreigner’s central register in Switzerland – An early digital federal administrative network

Benedetta Campanile, University of Bari 

Robert Fano, an Italian computer scientist from Project Mac to Internet


16:30 / 17:00 Closing Remarks


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