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Robert J. Domanski

Hi there! I am a Professor of Computer Science and Political Science for the City University of New York. My current research focuses on Internet Governance, Hacktivism, and the Politics of Algorithms.

Who Governs the Internet? A Political Architecture

There remains a widespread perception among both the public and elements of academia that the Internet is “ungovernable”. However, this idea, as well as the notion that the Internet has become some type of cyber-libertarian utopia, is wholly inaccurate. Governments may certainly encounter tremendous difficulty in attempting to regulate the Internet, but numerous types of authority have nevertheless become pervasive. So who, then, governs the Internet? This book will contend that the Internet is, in fact, being governed, that it is being governed by specific and identifiable networks of policy actors, and that an argument can be made as to how it is being governed.

This book will present a new conceptual framework for analysis that deconstructs the Internet into four policy “layers” with the aim of formulating a new political architecture that accurately maps out and depicts authority on the Internet today. Foremost, it will seek to draw a distinction between those actors who have a demonstrable policymaking authority versus those who merely wield influence. The book will then apply this four-layer model to an analysis of U.S. national cybersecurity policy, post-9/11. Ultimately, it will seek to determine the consequences of these political arrangements and governance policies.


Conferred 2014


Years of college teaching experience



I have had the privilege to work at these fine institutions:

2003 - 2017

College of Staten Island

Computer Science, Business


Macaulay Honors College

Computer Science

2007 - 2009

City College of New York

Political Science

2008 - 2010

City College of New York

Writing Fellow

2005 - 2006, 2011 - 2012

City College of New York

Graduate Teaching Fellow

Publications / Conferences:

Who Governs the Internet? A Political Architecture. Peer-reviewed book published by Lexington Books, 2015.


“The Ethics of Algorithmic Governance”. Included on the panel, "Toward an Ethics of Digital Government: A First Discussion". To be presented at the Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research. May 2018.

“Hacktivism and Distributed Hashtag Spoiling: Tales of the #IranTalks”. Accepted for publication in First Monday. Co-authored with Mahdi M. Najafabadi. April 2018.

Organizing Co-Chair for the Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research, organized by the Digital Government Society. June 2017.

Book Review for Binary Bullets: The Ethics of Cyberwarfare in P.S.: Political Science and Politics. May 2017.

“WiTNY: A Programmatic Approach Driving Gender Equity in Computer Science”. Discussant Panelist. CUNY Information Technology Conference. December 2, 2016.

“When Bitcoin Begets BitLicense: The New Challenges of Regulatory Policymaking when ‘Code is Law’”. Presented at the American Political Science Association (APSA) Annual Conference. September 2016.

“Game-Maker Games and Their Discontents”. Presented at the Annual Conference of the Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC). May 27, 2015.

"'The Permanent Professor': How the Long-Term Use of Social Media Transforms the Professor-Student Relationship”. Presented at the American Political Science Association Teaching & Learning Conference (APSA-TLC). January 17, 2015.

“Isn’t Anything Private Anymore?”. Discussant Panelist. Annual Conference of the American Political Science Association (APSA). September 4, 2011.

“Defining the Public Interest: The Communications Act of 1934 and Its Effect on the Net Neutrality Debate”. Presented at the conference, 1935: The Reality and the Promise. Hofstra University. April 7, 2011.

“It's Cloud's Illusions I Recall, I Really Don't Know Clouds At All”. Presented at the Annual Conference of the Computer Measurement Group (CMG). December 7, 2009.

“Hacktivism! The Convergence of Political Activism and Computer Hacking”. Presented at the Graduate Student Political Science Conference. December 4, 2009.

“Writing Right: Teaching Writing Conventions Specific to a Discipline”. Presented at the conference, WAC Professional Development Day: Writing in the Disciplines. November 20, 2009.

“Trust Me, It's Good for You: Identifying and Addressing Writing Needs and Forming Course Partnerships”. Presented at the conference, Tracing Connections: Writing Across the Curriculum. April 24, 2009.

“Who Governs the Internet? The Policies, Institutions, and Governance of Cyberspace”. Presented at the CUNY Graduate Student Political Science Conference. March 2008.

“Directing the Stream: Using Web 2.0 Technologies for Marketing and Performance”. Presented at the Annual Conference of the Computer Measurement Group (CMG). December 2007.

"Personal Technologies: What's Applicable in the Workspace?" Presented at the Annual Conference of the Computer Measurement Group (CMG). December 2006.

“The Configuration and Deployment of Residential Web Servers”. Presented at the Annual Conference of the Computer Measurement Group (CMG). December 2004.

Other Projects:

  • The Nerfherder Blog
    • Editorials on the cross-section where politics and culture meet cyberspace

  • The Women in Technology and Entrepreneurship in New York Initiative
  • ROBBINS1 Satellite Project
    • Faculty mentor on a research grant designing the software interface for a satellite launched into Lower-Earth Orbit in 2017 with the mission of tracking space debris and telemetric data.

  • Twitter Sentiment Analysis on Political Candidates (code sample)
    • A software application I developed in Python that pulls filtered data from Twitter's Live API and uses IBM's Alchemy Artificial Intelligence Engine to analyze whether aggregated tweets about a specific political candidate are positive, negative, or neutral.

  • View my Reddit AMA
    • In January 2016, just before the New Hamphire primaries, I hosted an "Ask-Me-Anything" discussion on Reddit on the subject of Technology and Politics.

  • My Minecraft GitHub Page
    • A collection of Python scripts designed to build structures automatically in Minecraft
    • Explore my public Minecraft world hosted on my own Raspberry Pi server at the following IP address (in-game):