Jeanette Hofmann

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Country: Germany
Email: jeanette [at]

UnderConstruction.png Jeanette Hofmann is the Senior Internet Governance researcher as well as the head of the Innovation Department organizer and the Social Sciences Center for Research head. Ms. Hofmann is also an ESRC Research officer at Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation of London School of Economics and Political Science.

She has been part of the ICANN community for many years now serving as a nominating committee. Her research interests include Uncertainty and risk, Risk governance, Transnational regulation and private authority, Standard setting for information and communication technologies, Domain interests: Internet governance, regulation of knowledge (copyright law)

Personal Development

She was a born leader; she would take control of the IG (Internet Governance) association which was essentially a cornerstone of Social Science Research in Berlin. During the years of 1995-2000, Dr. Hoffman worked on a project called the “The Internet Cultural Area” going into in-depth details of the Internet and how it has effected our cultural as a whole since it was brought into existence and how it has changed over the years and how it will continue to change as the years go on.

She has also been:

  • Member of the Enquete Commission of the German Parliament on Internet and Digital Society.
  • UNESCO, German Chapter, Member of the Committee 'Communication and Information', 2003-2009.
  • Internet Governance Project, Partner, 2005-2008.
  • GigaNet, Network of Internet researchers, Vice Chair of steering committee, 2007.
  • The Netherlands' Ministry of Economic Affairs in preparation for the OECD 2008 Ministerial Conference in South Korea on the Future of the Digital Economy. Input to a study on the 'future of the Internet' and participation in two workshops on 'Internet infrastructure' and 'Internet Governance' in The Hague on 18 October 2007.

Selected Publications

  • 'Et in Arcadia Ego: From Techno-Utopia to Cybercrime' published in Hood, Christopher, Margetts, Helen and Perri 6 (eds), Paradoxes of Modernization: Unintended Consequences of Public Policy Reforms, Oxford University Press, pp 81-100. (2010)
  • 'The Libertarian Origins of Cybercrime: Unintended Side-Effects of a Political Utopia', CARR Discussion Paper 62. (2010)
  • 'Transnational governance spirals: the transformation of rule-making authority in Internet regulation and corporate financial reporting' in Critical Policy Studies 4 (1): 18-37. (2010)
  • Discussion Paper SP III 2007-107, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung, 67 S.
  • 'ICANN, in: Global Information Society Watch 2007.' S. 39-47.
  • "Governing the Internet: The Quest for Legitimate and Effective Rules", in: Achim Hurrelmann, Stephan Leibfried, Kerstin Martens, Peter Mayer (Hg.), Transforming the Golden Age Nation State, Basingstoke: Palgrave, S. 130-151. (2007)
  • (Trans-)Formations of Civil Society in Global Governance Contexts - Two case studies on the problem of self-organization. (2005)
  • Internet Governance: A Regulative Idea in Flux. (2005)