IGF 2022 Day 0 Event #3 Annual Symposium

Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet)
Roxana Radu, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, academia, WEOG
Ioana Stupariu, GigaNet Steering Committee, non-profit, Eastern European Group
Yik Chan Chin, Beijing Normal University's School of Journalism and Communication, academia, Asia and Pacific Group
Dmitry Epstein, Department of Communication & Journalism and the Federmann School of Public Policy & Governance, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, academia, WEOG

Speakers

The speakers for this academic conference come from all regional groups - we engage a diverse group of rising and established researchers that are competitively selected through a blind peer-review process.

Onsite Moderator

Yik Chan Chin, Beijing Normal University's School of Journalism and Communication, academia, Asia and Pacific Group (TBC)

Online Moderator

Ioana Stupariu, GigaNet Steering Committee, non-profit, Eastern European Group

Rapporteur

Roxana Radu, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, academia, WEOG

SDGs

9.1
9.5
16. Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
16.10
16.6
16.8


Targets: In relation to SDG 9.1, 9.5, the research presented at the GigaNet Annual symposium aims to strengthen research and innovation in developing countries, including by ensuring a conducive policy environment for equitable access for all. In-depth research related to infrastructure, case studies highlighting technology and policy choices in developed and developing countries, as well as innovative technology governance solutions can contribute to achieving the SDGs at a time when digital technologies have become a key platform for their realisation.

In relation to SDG 16.6, 16.8 and 16.10, evidence from robust research can enhance accountability and transparency of Internet governance-related institutions at all level, ensuring a diversity of voices from both developed and developing countries can be heard. Importantly, such research contributions also enhance access to information for the general public and protection of fundamental rights in areas for which regulation, legislation and case law is nascent.

Format

academic conference (presentation of research papers and discussion)

Language

English

Description

GigaNet's annual symposium features academic papers and discussions on key Internet/digital governance-related topics, including the focus area of IGF 2022. Our call for papers encourages submissions on a wide variety of topics, including:

Internet Governance as a field of study
-Narratives, myths and frictions in the construction of the Internet governance field
-Internet governance cultures and power dynamics
-Theoretical innovations and new methods applicable to Internet governance research

The evolution of Internet governance, institutions, and norms in the areas of:
-Internet standards and protocols
-Internet infrastructure
-Platform governance
-Cybersecurity
-Governance of data streams
-Digital rights online

Future-oriented Internet research agenda
-Emerging topics in Internet governance (e.g. environment)
-Digital sovereignty
-Interdisciplinary perspectives on the governance of new technologies (Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, virtual currencies), etc.

Internet Governance in times of crisis
-New challenges and opportunities of digitalization
-Health governance & COVID-tracing apps
-Freedoms, rights and limitations
-Internet governance and emergency preparedness
-Fragmentation of the Internet (technical decoupling, policy fragmentation, etc.)
-Accountability in times of international conflicts

GigaNet is oriented around the presentation of research papers based on multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches. The final list of invited papers will be available at the end of the summer, once the competitive selection process is over.

1) Interaction between the online and onsite speakers will be facilitated by the onsite moderator; we will strive to have at least one session broadcasted from Ethiopia with dominant onsite participation, if the final registration numbers allow for it.
2) We are planning to run the session as an online workshop with possibility to take the floor and use the chat functions for full engagement. We will make the research papers available in advance and will keep the presentations short, to allow for feedback and lively discussions among participants.
3) We are planning to use Zoom with additional functionality for breakout rooms and a timer for presenters to respect the allocated time. A moderator will be present for every time slot in the programme.