G I G A N E T - Sixth Annual Symposium
UNON complex, Nairobi, Kenya, Room 4 September 26, 2011

The Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet) held its Sixth Annual Symposium 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. The 2011 event provided room to discuss the challenges encountered and results achieved during the first five years of IGF. As in previous years the GigaNet Symposium further discussed current and future questions of Global Internet Governance.

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/

The symposium was organized in co-operation with Research ICT Africa (RIA). RIA 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 growth. 

Preliminary program

Please check http://giga-net.org/page/2011-annual-symposium for program updates

9.00-9.15: Introduction & Welcome

9.15-11.00 Panel 1: Internet Governance Processes and Institutions
• Jeremy Malcolm (Consumers International): Arresting the decline of multi-stakeholderism in Internet governance
• Shawn Gunnarson (Kirton & McConkie): Theorizing fact-based policy development at ICANN
• Gitte Stald (IT University of Copenhagen): EU Kids online. Informing evidence-based policy for children’s online opportunities and risks

11.00-11.15: Coffee

11.15-12.15: Roundtable on the state of Internet Governance Research and Practice in Africa
Participants to be confirmed later.

12.15-13.45: Lunch

13.45-15.15: Panel 2: Theories of Internet Governance

• Biel Perez (Open University of Catalonia): Constitutionalism, global administrative law and the global internet governance
• Caroline Agguerre (Universidad de San Andres): Internet communities in Argentina and Brazil. Origins, networks and institutional development
• John Gathegi (University of South Florida): Internet anonymity, reputation and freedom of speech. The US legal landscape.

15.15-15.30: Coffee

15.30- 17.00: Panel 3: Internet Rights and Repression
• Matthias C. Ketteman (University of Graz): The legality of internet blackouts in times of crisis. An assessment at the intersection of human rights law, humanitarian law and internet governance principles
• Sanja Kelly & Sarah Cook (Freedom House): New technologies, Innovative repression. Growing threats to Internet freedom
• Robert Bodle (College of Mount St. Joseph): Upholding online anonymity in Internet governance. Affordances, ethical frameworks, and regulatory practices

17.15-18.15: Roundtable on the state of Internet Rights
Roundtable jointly organized by GigaNet and APC. Participants to be confirmed later.

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 – Executive Director Research ICT Africa
• Nanette Levinson – American University, USA
• Milton Mueller – Syracuse University, USA
• Rolf H. Weber – University of Zurich, Switzerland

Contact

If you have any question related to the symposium, please e-mail the Program Committee Chair: leo.van.audenhove@vub.ac.be  
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