Dr Natasha Tusikov

Associate Senior Fellow

Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research
Schifferstraße 44
47059 Duisburg
Deutschland

Phone: +49 (0)203 379-5258
Fax: +49 (0)203 379-5276

Fellowship

Dr Natasha Tusikov joint the Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research as a Research Fellow from May to July 2019. She conducted her research in the Research Unit "Global Cooperation and Polycentric Governance".

 

Research Project

Mapping the Knowledge Structure: The Global Political Economy of Knowledge in the Digital Age

The spread of the internet and its related digital technologies into all facets of social, economic and political life, has made control over knowledge a key driver of economic and political power in the global political economy. Knowledge – rather, the control of knowledge and information – stands to become as important as production was previously and finance is now. Given that internet firms like Google, which were not even around 20 years ago, are now some of the world’s most valuable corporations, it is likely that knowledge brokers like Google and firms that control key patents, trademarks and copyrights stand to play a decisive role in global politics, economics and society. In a digital economy and society, in which the distinction between “online” and “offline” is increasingly meaningless, understanding the nature of internet governance is an essential task.

This project, undertaken with Dr. Blayne Haggart, whose tenure at the Centre is from September 2018-August 2019, explores the nature, limits and possibilities of global governance of what Susan Strange called the “knowledge structure” – that part of the political economy involving control over “the production, possession, control, communication, and ... legitimization of knowledge” (Tooze 2000). It focuses on two key and related aspects of the knowledge structure: internet governance; and intellectual property (IP) and data governance. In other words, our research focuses on the means by which information (in the colloquial sense) is communicated, and the means by which information is turned into economically and socially valuable commodities. While these issues are usually examined in isolation, in practice they are intimately related, with IP governing the content flowing over the network and internet governance setting the terms of access and use of the network itself. They need to be considered together to understand fully the contours and effects of knowledge regulation.

Our in-progress manuscript, Information Wars: Internet Governance, Intellectual Property and the Exercise of Power in the 21st Century, which addresses these issues, will serve as the focal point of our activities at the Centre.

Research Interest

  • Internet governance/Internet of Things
  • Technology, law, crime, and regulation
  • Private security industry
  • Surveillance and privacy
  • Qualitative research methods/digital methods
  • Regulatory theory

Vita

07/2017

Assistant Professor, Criminology

Department of Social Science

York University

2017 – 2020

Visiting Scholar

School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet)

Australian National University

Canberra, Australia

2016 – 2019

Adjunct Professor

Department of Sociology

Brock University

2015 – 2016

Assistant Professor

Department of Sociology

Brock University

2014

PhD in Sociology

School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet)

The Australian National University

Canberra, Australia

2014 – 2015

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Baldy Centre for Law and Social Policy

State University of New York

Buffalo, US

2012

Visiting Scholar

Centre for Criminology

University of Oxford

Oxford, UK

Publications

2019

Haggart, Blayne, Henne, Kathryn, and Natasha Tusikov, eds. Information, Technology and Control in a Changing World: Understanding Power Structures in the 21st Century. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. Pp. 121-148.

2019

Tusikov, N. Defunding Hate: PayPal’s Regulation of Hate Groups. Surveillance & Society 17 (1/2): 46-53.

2019

Tusikov, N. Precarious Ownership of the Internet of Things in the Age of Data. In Information, Technology and Control in a Changing World: Understanding Power Structures in the 21st Century. Haggart, Blayne, Henne, Kathryn, and Tusikov, N., eds. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

2019

Haggart, B., Henne, Kathryn, and N. Tusikov. Introduction. In Information, Technology and Control in a Changing World: Understanding Power Structures in the 21st Century. Haggart, Blayne, Henne, Kathryn, and Tusikov, N., eds. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

2019

Tusikov, N., Haggart, B., and Kathryn Henne. Conclusion: Looking Back, Looking Forward. In Information, Technology and Control in a Changing World: Understanding Power Structures in the 21st Century. Haggart, Blayne, Henne, Kathryn, and Tusikov, N., eds. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

2018

Tusikov, N and Blayne Haggart. Implementing a National Data Strategy: The Need for Innovative Public Consultations. Commissioned by the Centre for International Governance Innovation. Waterloo, Ontario. October 23, www.cigionline.org/publications/implementing-national-data-strategy-need-innovative-public-consultations

2017

Tusikov, N. Revenue Chokepoints: Global Regulation by Payment Intermediaries. In Luca Belli and Nicolo Zingales, eds. Platform Regulations: How They are Regulated and How They Regulate Us. Official Outcome of the United Nations Internet Governance Forum Dynamic Coalition on Platform Responsibility. Internet Governance Forum.

2017

Tusikov, N. Transnational Non-State Regulatory Regimes. In Peter Drahos, ed. Regulatory Theory: Foundations and Applications. Canberra: Australian National University Press.

2016

Tusikov, N. Chokepoints: Global Private Regulation on the Internet. Oakland: University of California Press

2012

Tusikov, N. Measuring Organized Crime-Related Harms: Exploring Five Policing Methods. Crime, Law and Social Change 57(1): 99-115

2011

Tusikov, N. The Godfather is Dead: A Hybrid Model of Organized Crime. In Graciela Martinez-Zalace, Susana Vargas Cervantes and Will Straw, eds. Aprehendiendo al delincuente. Crimen y medios en América del Norte. (Apprehending the Offender: Crime and Media in North America). Media@McGill University/National Autonomous University of Mexico, 143-159

2009

Tusikov, N and Fahlman R. Threat and Risk Assessments: A Common Framework. In Jerry Ratcliffe (ed.), Strategic Thinking in Criminal Intelligence 2nd Edition, Sydney: The Federation Press, 147-164