The Peoples' Internet (PIN)

Digital networks are among the most flexible and universally applicable technologies ever invented by humans. But the many significant variations in the social uses of the internet around the world remain poorly understood. The PIN project compares the current state and future potential of the internet in three centers of the global economy and world politics – China, Europe, and the United States. The internet represents the global communication infrastructure of the twenty-first century – a resource for the peoples of the world to monitor and address established political and economic powers.















































Copenhagen core group

Brändle, Verena KatharinaPostdoc +45 353-28424E-mail
Helles, RasmusAssociate professor +45 353-29187E-mail
Jensen, Klaus BruhnProfessor +45 353-28104E-mail
Lai, Signe SophusPhD fellow +45 60 22 34 55E-mail
Liu, JunAssociate professor +45 353-28416E-mail
Pagh, JesperPhD fellow +45 353-37297E-mail
Sandjo Tchatchoua, NadineResearch assistant +45 353-32424E-mail
Su, ChrisPostdoc +45 353-32402E-mail
Zeng, Fiona HuijiePhD fellow +45 353-34049E-mail
Ørmen, JacobAssistant professor +45 353-28874E-mail


The Chinese partner is Baohua ZHOU at Fudan University in Shanghai.

The American collaborators are James G. Webster at Northwestern University in Chicago, Harsh Taneja at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Angela Xiao Wu at New York University.

The German partners – Uwe Hasebrink and Sascha Hölig are both affiliated with the Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institut in Hamburg.

Covering Hungary in the PIN project is Miklós Sükösd who is affiliated with the University of Copenhagen.

The Italian collaborators come from two different universities: Nicoletta Vittadini and Piermarco Aroldi belong to the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan, and Francesca Pasquali is affiliated with the University of Bergamo.

United Kingdom
The British partners - John Downey, Adrian Leguina, and Sabina Mihelj are all affiliated with Loughborough University.



The PIN project is funded by the Carlsberg Foundation and coordinated by the University of Copenhagen. Read about the project at the Carlsberg Foundation's website.

Project period: 2016-2019


Future events

Concluding conference, Carlsberg Academy, Copenhagen, 5-6 December 2019, marking the 50th anniversary of the internet: ARPANET, 1969

Past events

The opening conference of the PIN project – Always on. Always in? – 6 December 2016 in the Ceremonial Hall of the University of Copenhagen.

Regional conference, Northwestern University, Chicago - 29-30 November 2018

Regional conference, Peking University, Beijing - 29-30 June 2019