Our Research

Computer networks enable every person to interact and exchange information with any other person at any time. We consider it likely that this will change the way humans agree on binding rules and norms. The interdisciplinary research group „Internet-Mediated Cooperative Normsetting" (www.normsetting.org) and the NRW Graduate School „Online-Participation“ (www.fortschrittskolleg) investigate technical, political, social and juridical aspects of a self-organizing society. In this context the members of the chair for computer networks are particularly interested in two issues: how should distributed systems for the self-organizating societies work, in order to robust against failure or attacks? And: how can we provide functionality for distributed collaborative work that enables hundreds, thousands, millions or even billions of persons to participate in the discussion and creation of norms and rules?

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