Internet Governance and Communication Beyond Boundaries
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When: 05/24/2019
8:00 AM
Where: Internet Governance Lab at the American University
Contact: Dmitry Epstein

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Attendees are responsible for their own transportation.

OrganizersDmitry Epstein*, Laura DeNardis, and the Global Internet Governance Academic Network

Division/Interest Group Affiliation(s): Communication and Technology Division and Communication Law and Policy Division 

DescriptionGigaNet ‚the Global Internet Governance Academic Network ‚was born out of a joint ICA-IAMCR workshop and is currently a home for many communication scholars conducting interdisciplinary research on ordering of the Net. In the spirit of this year‚ ICA conference theme, this event will bring together ICA participants interested questions of governance, GigaNet members from other disciplines, and the local community of practitioners and policymaker. The group will discuss the issue of boundaries in internet governance both as a substantive topic of research and as a reflexive exercise for internet governance as a research domain. Substantively, within internet governance, boundaries have been traditionally an important area of research starting with question of sovereignty and jurisdiction in cyberspace, and reaching to the exploration of boundaries of the technical, legal, social, and political decision-making with constitutive effects on the internet. As a field of study, internet governance has been debating its disciplinary boundaries as well as the scope of research questions that can come under this broad label. We will solicit proposal that include, but not limited to topics such as: ‚ Nationalization of internet governance and possible threats of internet fragmentation; ‚ Privatization of internet governance and its impact on individual freedoms and human rights;  Technical, legal and policy initiatives for cybersecurity and their impact on global internet governance;  Emerging forms of governance such as trade agreements or user-driven change;  Technological disruption and emerging governance questions in areas such as artificial intelligence and human augmentics;  The respective powers of the users, technology designers and regulators in distributed systems;  Public awareness of internet governance and communication of internet policy; Visions and metaphors of information technology in internet policy discourse; How does one research Internet Governance? Epistemological and practical challenges of internet governance research;  Exploration of the boundary between research and activism in internet governance. The paper proposals will undergo a peer-review process and selected authors will be asked to submit complete manuscripts.