Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet)

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The Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet) is an emerging scholarly community initiated in spring 2006 in conjunction with the UN Internet Governance Forum. Its four principal objectives are to:
  • support the establishment of a global network of scholars specializing in Internet governance issues;
  • promote the development of Internet governance as a recognized, interdisciplinary field of study;
  • advance theoretical and applied research on Internet governance, broadly defined, and;
  • facilitate informed dialogue on policy issues and related matters between scholars and Internet governance stakeholders (governments, international organizations, the private sector, and civil society).
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Open discussion on Internet fragmentation - Berlin - 17 February 2016

Is the Internet falling apart? And if so, why and what can we do about it? On February 17th, we will address these and similar questions in an open debate about Internet fragmentation. The discussion will be launched by a short conversation between William Drake (University of Zurich) and Stefan Heumann (Stiftung Neue Verantwortung), which critically summarizes a much-debated study on Internet fragmentation that William Drake recently conducted for the World Economic Forum (WEF), together with Vint Cerf (Google) and Wolfgang Kleinwächter (University of Aarhus). All guests and participants are invited to discuss the results and recommendations of this study and to question the interest of economic actors and governments in this hot topic. We invite everyone interested to join us for the debate and the following reception.

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Wednesday, 17 February 2016, 6.30 pm

Where:

Wikimedia Germany

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Posted by Julia Pohle on January 26, 2016 at 6:00pm

Candidate Statement - Derrick L. Cogburn - GigaNet Vice Chair

Dear GigaNet Colleagues,

 

As we begin 2016, it is my pleasure to re/introduce myself to you and to stand as a candidate for Vice Chair of our beloved GigaNet.  I apologize for the delay in sending out this Candidate Statement.  I am just returning from a long sabbatical, and getting ready to teach on Monday.

 

GigaNet Background

 

As some of you may know, I am one of the founders of GigaNet. I participated along with Wolfgang, Milton, Jeanette and many others in the initial organizing meeting in Ratten, as part of the pre-conference for the International Communication Association (ICA) Annual Meeting in Dresden.  I served on the initial GigaNet Steering Committee, and served as our first Communication Coordinator (setting up a listserv and initial website), and subsequently as Vice Chair.  I initiated our efforts to enable remote participation for all of our early GigaNet meetings (before the IGF started providing remote…

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Posted by Dr. Derrick L. Cogburn on January 8, 2016 at 4:04pm

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Open discussion on Internet fragmentation - Berlin - 17 February 2016

Is the Internet falling apart? And if so, why and what can we do about it? On February 17th, we will address these and similar questions in an open debate about Internet fragmentation. The discussion will be launched by a short conversation between William Drake (University of Zurich) and Stefan Heumann (Stiftung Neue Verantwortung), which critically summarizes a much-debated study on Internet fragmentation that William Drake recently conducted for the World Economic Forum (WEF), together with…See More
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