Ashwin studies the governance of the Internet through a blend of sociological and technological analysis, focusing on the intrinsic qualities of interdependence which characterize Internet infrastructure. He employs qualitative methods to study the practices, communities and institutions of the technical personnel responsible for building and operating the interconnected, interdependent technological systems of Internet infrastructure.
He won the 2016 iConference Doctoral Dissertation Award for his dissertation, in which he studied the role of social trust relationships in the practice of interconnecting the thousands of networks which make up the global Internet. In ongoing research, funded by the UC Berkeley Center for Long Term Cybersecurity, he is extending his doctoral work to study trust relationships in the practices of network security professionals.
In addition to his fellowship at the Slow Science Institute, Ashwin is a Visiting Scholar at the UC Berkeley School of Information, and a researcher at Packet Clearing House. He graduated with a Ph.D. from the UC Berkeley School of Information in 2014. Prior to his doctoral studies, he spent a decade as a programmer and technical architect in companies such as Adobe Systems and Sun Microsystems.
You can find out more about Ashwin at his website.