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

Name Title Phone E-mail
Helles, Rasmus Associate Professor +4535329187 E-mail
Jensen, Klaus Bruhn Professor +4535328104 E-mail
Lai, Signe Sophus Assistant Professor - Tenure Track +4560223455 E-mail
Liu, Jun Associate Professor +4535328416 E-mail
Ørmen, Jacob Assistant Professor - Tenure Track +4535328874 E-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.



Carlsberg Foundation
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


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

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