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


Prof. 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.


Prof. William H. Dutton, Ph.D.

Professor William H. Dutton is Quello Professor for Media and Information Policy at the College of Communication Arts and Sciences at Michigan State University where he also serves as direcotr of the Quello Center. Before that he was Professor of Internet Studies at the University of Oxford. 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 AISEC (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_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 is Executive Director of the Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien, is Scientific Vice-President of the German Leibniz Association and is holding the Chair of the Department for Applied Cognitive Psychology and Media Psychology at the University of Tuebingen. Since 1990 up to the present he has been professor in Tuebingen. From 1995 until 1997 he was also Director at the Laboratoire Europeén de Recherche sur les Apprentissages et les Nouvelles Technologies (LERANT). He studied psychology at the Universities of Marburg and Düsseldorf, received his doctorate at the RWTH Aachen and qualified as Professor of Psychology at the University of Goettingen. Friedrich W. Hesse has been the initiator of and speaker for several large projects and research associations, for example, the first Virtual Ph.D Program funded by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Society, DFG), the DFG-Priority Programme “Net-based Knowledge Communication” and currently the first Leibniz-ScienceCampus “Informational Environments” in Germany and also the DFG-Research Group “Analysis and Promotion of Effective Process of Learning and Instruction”.

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

Kim Lane Scheppele is Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Sociology and International Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School and in the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University. She 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_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.

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