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Uta Meier-Hahn

Uta Meier-Hahn is a doctoral researcher at the Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society in Berlin. In her work she focusses on informal regulation of internet infrastructure with specific interest in internet interconnection arrangements. As academic editor for the institute's Internet Policy Review (, Uta contributes to establishing a hybrid form of publication at the crossroads of journalism and academia. Before joining the institute, Uta worked as an online journalist for the public broadcasting company Norddeutscher Rundfunk. She studied Cultural Studies at the University of Lüneburg and at the Marmara University in Istanbul.

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What Do Network Operators Sell to Each Other?
Uta Meier-Hahn — 20 Sep 2016

Comparisons rarely work. They never fit properly; they almost always lead away from the topic. And the audience‘s attention is lost in unimportant details. Therefore, writers do themselves few favours when they use comparisons as stylistic tools. I once read that in a book about speech writing (Franz, 2015). But there is one exception: the remote comparison. The further away the object of comparison, the better. The remote comparison is intended to show how absurd a situation is. The market at the core of the Internet is like a movie without a title.… Read more

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The Regulatory Conditions of IP Interconnection
The Regulatory Conditions of IP Interconnection
Uta Meier-Hahn — 14 Mar 2016

Internet interconnection has often been described as an unregulated field. However, local public regulation is starting to emerge – be it through disclosure regulations, mandatory peering or licensing terms. Due to the networked nature of the internet, local rules may acquire a global scope.… Read more

Internet Interconnection: Networking in Uncertain Terrain
Uta Meier-Hahn — 05 Feb 2015

The Internet today consists of more than 49,000 networks. Network interconnection is the Internet’s central feature. Yet, there is little qualitative research on the junctions between networks – about why networks interconnect where they do, or about how network engineers create, maintain or shut down relationships with other networks. Given our current dependence on the Internet, this lack of exploration comes as a surprise.… Read more