In mid-2010 Circuit editors Madeline Carr and Sarah Logan saw a gap in online content examining the impact of the Internet on international politics. It seemed that commentary was either commercially oriented, infected with the zeal of either side of the cyber-utopian debate, or focused on cyber security to the exclusion of other issues. Nor was there space for serious discussion of the impact of the Internet on international politics in the context of the academic discipline of International Relations. This blog aims to fill those gaps with concise, informed and wide-ranging coverage. Aimed at generalists, it highlights emerging issues, raises questions and attempts to link academia with policy and politics.
Department of International Relations
School of International, Political & Strategic Studies
ANU College of Asia & the Pacific
The Australian National University
Canberra ACT 0200 AUSTRALIA
Sarah is a PhD candidate in the Department of International Relations at the Australian National University (ANU), and was previously a visiting scholar at Columbia University and the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her thesis analyses counter-radicalisation policies in the United Kingdom and the United States and focuses on online counter-radicalisation. Sarah’s broader research interests revolve around the the impact of the internet on international politics, especially the evolution of political community in international relations and the impact of ICT on political institutions in fragile states . She blogs at www.ircircuit.com and is tweets as @circt. Her work has been published by the Canadian International Council and on the Lowy Institute’s Interpreter blog and Open Democracy as well as by ANU’s State, Society and Governance in Melanesia program. She presented on both viral hate speech and online counter-radicalisation at the UN Internet Governance Forum in 2012.
Dr Madeline Carr
Madeline has a background in new media and communications technology having worked at the forefront of print, film and web design in the private sector for many years. She received her PhD from the Australian National University’s Department of International Relations and is now a lecturer in International Politics and the Cyber Dimension at Aberystwyth University. Madeline’s past research has looked at the political history of the Internet, conceptions of power and cyber security, Internet governance and the global politics of network neutrality. Her PhD thesis, ‘The Irony of the Information Age: US Power and the Internet in International Relations’, engaged with core issues of state power, emerging technology and political decision making. She is now focusing on the promotion of norms in and through the politics of Internet governance and the problem of state cooperation on cyber security.