Internet Master Thesis Awards 2016

The date for submission of theses is closed.

Assessment of the theses and awarding of the prizes are entrusted to juries appointed by the KHMW. The theses will be judged on the social relevance of the subject, the clear formulation of the problem and conclusions, the quality and depth of the analysis, accuracy, readability, clarity and originality.

The winners are invited to personally receive their award at Friday 7 April 2017 in the Hodshon House, Spaarne 17, in Haarlem, and to give a presentation on their thesis research at this meeting. Based on the quality and originality of this presentation and the social impact of the subject, the audience decides which of the four winners will receive an additional audience award of 500 Euro. More information about the prize ward ceremony will soon be published.

For or additional information please contact the secretariat of the KHMW

The Internet Master Theses Awards are made available by Google, Brinkhof, SIDN Fonds and Greenhost together with Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities (Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen). There are four prizes of 2,000 Euros for the best master theses on an internet-related topic in the following disciplines:

• The Google Award for the best master thesis in the field of Internet & Economics;
• The Brinkhof Award for the best master thesis in the field of Internet & Law;
• The SIDN Fonds Award for the best master thesis in the field of Internet & Social Sciences or Humanities;
• The Greenhost Award for the best master thesis in the field of Internet and Technical Sciences.

With these awards, the initiators aim to increase the interest in this particular research areas, and more broadly to promote the social and scientific debate about the impact of internet technology.

About the initiators:

Google is a global leader in technology and focuses on improving the way people connect with information. Google’s innovations in searching and advertising on the internet has made Google’s website an essential part of the Internet. The Google brand is one of the most famous in the world.

Brinkhof is an Amsterdam based law firm specializing in technology, communications and market regulation.

SIDN Fonds represents a strong internet for everyone. SIDN fonds is an independent fund established in 2014 on the initiative of SIDN (Foundation for Internet Domain Registration in the Netherlands).

Greenhost is an internet service provider that controls and maintains its own network, and is known in the ‘circumvention technology’ and the human rights network. Green Host develops and supports multiple projects aimed at protecting digital rights and privacy.


The Internet Thesis Awards are made available in 2016 for the second time and are a follow-up to the economic Internet Impact Price of Google and to the judicial Internet Thesis Award organized by Brinkhof with XS4ALL since 2006.