[governance] Reminder: Call For Papers. Annual Symposium Global Internet Governance Academic Network (Giganet), Nairobi, Pre-IGF Symposium

Julia Pohle jpohle at vub.ac.be
Fri Jul 1 04:49:51 EDT 2011


Global Internet Governance Academic Network

in co-operation with

Research ICT Africa


Sixth Annual Symposium

26 September 2011

Nairobi, Kenya

The Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GIGANET), in 
co-operation with the Research ICT Africa (RIA), is seeking submissions 
of research about Internet Governance to be presented at the Sixth 
GigaNet Annual Symposium, held on 26 September 2011, one day before the 
United Nations Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Nairobi, Kenya.

Since 2006, GigaNet has organized an Annual Symposium to showcase 
research about Internet Governance, focusing on an interdisciplinary 
approach. Prior successful symposia took place in Greece (2006), Brazil 
(2007), India (2008), Egypt (2009) and Lithuania (2010).

In 2011, the Internet Governance Forum has entered its second phase, 
after having reached the end of its first 5-years mandate. This year’s 
event will provide room to discuss the challenges encountered and 
results achieved during the first five years of IGF. As in previous 
years the GigaNet Symposium will further discuss current and future 
questions of Global Internet Governance.

*Organizers *

*GigaNet*is a scholarly community that promotes the development of 
Internet Governance as a recognized, interdisciplinary field of study 
and facilitates informed dialogue on policy issues and related matters 
between scholars and governments, international organizations, the 
private sector and civil society. http://giga-net.org/

*Research ICT Africa*is a network of researchers in 20 African countries 
conducting research on ICT policy and regulation and facilitating 
evidence-based and informed policy making for improved access, use and 
application of ICT for social development and economic 

*Symposium Themes *

GigaNet is interested in receiving abstracts related to Internet 
Governance themes, especially those containing innovative approaches 
and/or emerging research areas. We encourage submissions on the 
following topics:

§The first 5 years of the IGF: Taking stock and the way forward

§Developing countries perspectives on internet governance

§New approaches to theorizing internet governance

§Between global and local: the question of territory in internet governance

§Freedom of Expression / Right to Information

§New approaches to Human Rights on the Internet

§Internet governance and political uprising

§International relations and cyber-security

§Online privacy and dataveillance

§Cloud Governance

Other proposals on more general questions of Global Internet Governance 
will also be considered.

*Submissions *

Interested scholars should submit abstracts of research paper not later 
15 July 2011, through Easy Chair platform at:


Paper proposals should be submitted following theses requirements:

§An abstract of 800-1000 words, in English, where it is mandatory to 
describe the main research goal(s) and the methodological background of 
the paper

§A one-page curriculum vitae focused on institutional affiliations, 
advanced degrees, scholarly publications and work in the field of 
Internet Governance and related issues (for example ICTs).

*Evaluation Process *

The Program Committee members will evaluate the abstracts submitted and 
decisions will be sent to applicants by email on August 1^st .

Accepted papers for oral presentations should be followed by a full 
research paper, to be sent by September 15^th . Some quality papers 
submitted that are not accepted for oral presentations will be 
recommended for poster presentations.

Accepted speakers and poster presenters’ submissions and final papers 
will be published on the GigaNet website.

*Registration process *

The GigaNet Annual Symposium is free of charge. However, a registration 
process will be required close to the event. Please continue visiting 
our website for further information about registration, venue and 

*Financial Assistance *

One outstanding accepted paper by an African researcher may be awarded 
financial support by the Research ICT Africa. This support includes a 
travel grant up to US $ 1.000,00 to facilitate the participation of 
(emerging) African scholars who otherwise would not be able to attend. 
If available, information regarding additional scholarship options will 
be available following notification of acceptance.

*GigaNet 2011 Program Committee *

§Leo Van Audenhove – PC Chair, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

§Roy Balleste – St. Thomas University, Miami, USA

§William Drake - University of Zurich, Switzerland

§Dmitry Epstein – Cornell University, USA

§Marianne Franklin – Goldsmiths University London, UK

§Raquel Gatto – Catholic University of São Paulo, Brazil

§Alison Gillwald – Director Research ICT Africa

§Nanette Levinson – American University, USA

§Milton Mueller – Syracuse University, USA

§Rolf H. Weber – University of Zurich, Switzerland

*Schedule Summary *

*July 15^th *: abstract submission deadline

*August 1^st *: notification of acceptance

*September 15^th *: submission deadline for complete papers

*September 26^th *: Sixth Annual GigaNet Symposium

If you have any question related to the submission or the symposium 
activities, please e-mail the Program Committee Chair: 
leo.van.audenhove at vub.ac.be <mailto:leo.van.audenhove at vub.ac.be>


*Prof. dr. Leo Van Audenhove*

SMIT, Studies on Media, Information and Telecommunication

IBBT, Interdisciplinary institute for BroadBand Technology

Vakgroep Communicatiewetenschap

Vrije Universiteit Brussel | Pleinlaan 2 | 1050 Brussel | Belgium

M: +32/479/75 32 36 | F: +32/2/629 28 61

E: Leo.Van.Audenhove at vub.ac.be <mailto:Leo.Van.Audenhove at vub.ac.be>

http://www.vub.ac.be| <http://www.vub.ac.be%7C> http://smit.vub.ac.be| 

Program Director
Master of Communication Studies - New Media and Society in Europe


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