The Advisory Council has been installed for consulting and reviewing the scientific development as well as to support the establishment and growth of an international network. It consists of some of the leading scientists in the research field of the Internet and society worldwide with regard to the setting of the research agenda of the institute.

The Council Members


WB_Cheung_HIIG.jpgProf. Anne Cheung, Ph. D.

Associate professor Anne Shann-yue Cheung LLB (HKU), JD (Toronto), LLM (London), JSM, JSD (Stanford) has been with the Faculty of the University of Hong Kong since 1995. In 1998-2001, she pursued her studies at Stanford University, where she was an Asia-Pacific scholar and a fellow of the Stanford Center on Conflict and Negotiation. The research project for her doctorate degree was on self-censorship and freedom of the press during Hong Kong’s transitional period. Her major focus is on socio-legal matters and anything that is »above the law mainstream”. Currently, she is the co-director of the Law and Technology Centre Hong Kong.


WB_william_dutton_HIIGProf. William H. Dutton, Ph.D.

Professor William H. Dutton is professor of Internet Studies at the University of Oxford and he was the director of the Oxford Internet Institute OII from 2002-2011. Before coming to Oxford in 2002, he was a Professor at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California. Dutton is the director and principal investigator of the Oxford e-Social Science Project (OeSS), a node within the UK’s National Centre for e-Social Science, and principal investigator of the Oxford Internet Surveys (OxIS), a key resource on the use and impact of the Internet in Britain, that is linked to the World Internet Project, comprising over 20 nations.


WB_eckert_HIIGProf. Dr. Claudia Eckert

Claudia Eckert is director of the department «Security in Computer Science» at the Technical University of Munich and head of the Fraunhofer AIESEC (Fraunhofer Research Institution for Applied and Integrated Security).
After graduating from the University of Bonn she received her PhD in 1993 and qualified as a professor in 1999 at the Technical University of Munich. The focus of her research and teaching activities is on the areas of operating systems, middleware, communication networks and information security. In 2008 she founded the Center for Advanced Security Research Darmstadt (CASED), where she was deputy director until 2010. Eckert is vice-president of the society for computer science (GI) and a member of several scientific advisory boards.


WB_Niva-Koren_HIIG.jpgProf. Niva Elkin-Koren, Ph.D.

Niva Elkin-Koren is the dean of the University of Haifa Faculty of Law and the founding director of the Haifa Center for Law & Technology (HCLT). She received her LL.B from the Tel-Aviv University Faculty of Law in 1989, her LL.M from the Harvard Law School in 1991, and her S.J.D from the Stanford Law School in 1995. Her research focuses on the legal institutions that facilitate private and public control over the production and dissemination of information. She has written and spoken extensively about the privatisation of information policy, copyright law and democratic theory and the effects of cyberspace on the economic analysis of law.


WB_frau_meigs_HIIGProf. Dr. Divina Frau-Meigs

Divina Frau-Meigs is a American studies and media sociology professor at the University of Paris 3-Sorbonne. She has held the UNESCO chair for information- communication at the Universidad Autonoma in Barcelona. Her other research interests deal with issues of media regulation and self-regulation, for which she is an expert with UNESCO, the European Union, the Council of Europe and a variety of governmental agencies. She has served as vice-president for international affairs on the boards of Société Française des Sciences de l’Information et de la Communication (SFSIC) and has been vice-president of the International Association for Media and Communications Research (IAMCR), as well as a founding member of ECCR which has become ECREA (the European Communications Research and Education Association). In 2006 she was awarded the »E-Toile d’Or” of the l’Internet for her work on the research and promotion of new information technologies.


WB_Gasser_HIIGProf. Dr. Urs Gasser

Urs Gasser is the executive director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at the Harvard University and visiting professor at the Keiō-University in Japan. He graduated from the University of St. Gallen and Harvard Law School in Boston. His research focuses on information law and policy issues. Current projects – several of them in collaboration with leading research institutions in the U.S., Europe, and Asia – explore policy and educational challenges for the future generation of digital natives, the regulation of digital media and technology, the institutional settings for fostering entrepreneurship, and the law’s impact on innovation and risk in the information and communication technology space. Gasser’s publications of the past two years included articles on search engine regulations, comparative legal study on anti-circumvention legislation and he is co-author of »Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives” which he published in collaboration with John Palfrey.


WB_Gassmann_HIIGProf. Dr. Oliver Gassmann

Professor Dr. Oliver Gassmann is the director of the Institute for Technology Management of the University of St. Gallen (ITEM-HSG). His research focuses on success factors for innovation, especially within open innovation and global innovation processes. In 1998 he received the RADMA-prize in Manchester. He was elected to take his place among the world’s 50 top researchers by the International Association for Management of Technology (IAMOT) in 2009. Gassmann, who is HSG professor of Innovation Management, has received this award for the sum of his publications over the last five years. Thus, Oliver Gassmann is one of the world’s most active researchers in the field of innovation management. Furthermore, Oliver Gassmann is the Chairman of the HSG Research Committee and the main teacher in several executive MBA programmes.


WB_hesse_HIIGProf. Dr. Dr. Friedrich W. Hesse

Friedrich W. Hesse received his doctorate at the University of Aachen (1979) and qualified as professor for psychology (1989) at the University of Goettingen. Since 1990 up to the present he has been professor in Tuebingen, from 1993 until 2000 beeing Head of the Department of Applied Cognitive Science and Media Psychology at the German Institute of Research for Distance Education (DIFF). Since 1999 he has been holding the chair of applied cognitive psychology and media psychology at the University of Tuebingen. Since 2001 he has been executive director of the Knowledge Media Research Center. Together with his lab he works on fundamental principles of individual and cooperative knowledge acquisition and knowledge exchange with new media and the practical implementation of concepts of virtual learning and teaching. Prof. Hesse is also initiator and spokesman of the ScienceCampus Tuebingen «Informational Environments». Since November 2010 Friedrich W. Hesse has also been scientific vice-president of the German Leibniz Association.


WB_KimLane Scheppele_HIIGProf. Dr. Kim Lane Scheppele, Ph.D.

Kim Lane Scheppele joined the Princeton University’s Program in Law and Public Affairs in 2005 after she had spent nearly a decade at the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, where she was the John J. O’Brien Professor of comparative law, as well as professor of sociology. She is a former LAPA fellow (2004-2005), a former fellow at the Internationales Forschungszentrum Kulturwissenschaften (Vienna, 1995), a senior fellow at the National Constitution Center (1998-1999), a faculty fellow at the Michigan Institute for the Humanities (1991-1992) and the recipient of multiple grants from the American National Science Foundation for residential field work abroad. After 1989, she focused her attention on the transformation of the countries under Soviet domination into constitutional rule-of-law states. Since 9/11, Scheppele has researched the effects of the international «war on terror» on constitutional protections around the world.


WB_Suchman_HIIGProf. Lucy Suchman, Ph. D.

Lucy Suchman is a Professor of Anthropology of Science and Technology in the Department of Sociology and Co-Director of the Center for Science Studies (CSS) at Lancaster University (UK). She obtained her B.A., M.A., Ph.D. at the Anthropology University of California, Berkeley. Suchman has been Principal Scientist and Manager of the Work Practice and Technology laboratory at Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center, where she has worked for 22 years.
Her research focus is on ethnographies behind technology and how technology has led to re-thinking the relationship between feminist theory, anthropology and science.


WB_Towse_HIIGProf. Dr. h.c. Ruth Towse, Ph. D.

Ruth Towse is a Professor of Economics in the Creative Industries and Co-Director of the CIPPM at Bournemouth University. Her main area of expertise is in cultural economics with special reference to the economics artists’ labour markets and copyright in the cultural industries. Ruth Towse was joint editor of the Journal of Cultural Economics from 1993–2002 and now serves on the editorial board. She was President of the Association for Cultural Economics International (2006–2008) and President of the Society for Economic Research on Copyright Issues (2004-2006). She is on the editorial board of the Review Economic Research on Copyright Issues.


WB_JHHWeiler_HIIGProf. Dr. h.c. Joseph H. H. Weiler, Ph.D.

Joseph Halevi Horowitz Weiler has been University professor and holder of the Jean Monnet Chair at the New York University (NYU) School of Law since 2001. He serves as the chairman of the NYU Global Law School Programme and is the director of the Jean Monnet Center for International and Regional Economic Law & Justice. He is also an honorary professor at London University and the University of Copenhagen. He is a founding editor of the European Journal of International Law, of the European Law Journal and of the World Trade Review. Prof. Weiler writes in the fields of international law, the law of the European Union, and comparative constitutional law.