Introducing: Yannis Fotopoulos

I am Yannis Fotopoulos, a PhD student in the department of Philosophy and History of Science at the National Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA), Greece. I graduated from the European (ESST) programme in Sociology of Science and Technology (MA) and from the Philosophy and History of Science and Technology (M.Sc.) of NKUA. My research project is ‘Critical Technological Networks in Greece, from 1950s to the present days’.

The postgraduate diploma-thesis concerned the natural gas transition in the post-war Greece, from the perspective of governance and power. Currently, I am particularly interested in researching deep socio-technical transitions in different socio-technical settings and embeded in different network materialities. My interests are also extended in which terms transnational standards were negotiated or contested with national priorities of the state mechanism and local technical and bureaucratic communities.
My current research focuses on the telecommunication transition(s) in Greece from 1950s to the present days. So far it is clear to me through my research that the transnational dimension is crucial. I want to explore how the transitional pressures and aspects co-produced with national priorities for the appropriation of the telecommunication technologies, the technological systems the networks in Greece. How have the challenges from ‘analogue’ to ‘digital’ telecommunications been effected and co-produced with national and international priorities about standardisation. In relation to the transition from ‘digital’ to internet telephony (VoIP), which is part of my recent study and part of the in-hand proposal, I have studied so far the transition through technical and engineering articles as well as interviews with key regime actors from the national telecommunication company (OTE) of Greece and the telecommunication regime. The transition, due to European priorities, has a transnational character that is related to the network interconnections, the issue of network securitisation as well as the management of technological risks relevant to interoperability.

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