Dr. Hans Klein


Associate Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology, School of Public Policy


Hans K. Klein is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Policy at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). He has published articles on Internet governance, Internet and democracy, social movements, U.S. technology policy, and community media. Klein formerly chaired the board of Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility (CPSR) and led its activities in Internet governance. His research is grounded in institutional theory, social constructionism, global governance theory, and large technical systems.

Klein received a Ph.D. in 1996 in political science at MIT, an M.S. in 1993 in Technology and Policy at MIT, and a B.S.E. in 1983 from Princeton University’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He has also studied at the Technical University of Munich and been a visiting researcher at the Ecole des Mines in Paris. Klein worked in the European software industry for Siemens (Munich), Schlumberger (Paris), and Olivetti (Milan). He has consulted for the U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Academy of Engineering.

Some publications include:

· “Understanding WSIS: An Institutional Analysis of the UN World Summit on the Information Society,” Information Technology and International Development, “Special Issue on WSIS.” MIT Press, Vol.1, No. 3-4, Spring-Summer 2005, pp. 3-13.

· “The social construction of technology: Structural considerations,” Science, Technology, & Human Values 27 (1), 28-52.

· “ICANN and Internet governance: Leveraging technical coordination to realize global public policy,” The Information Society 18 (3), 193-207. With Daniel Kleinman.