GigaNet – the Global Internet Governance Academic Network – is now accepting extended abstracts for papers to be presented at its annual symposium on November 15, 2018, in Paris, France. Extended abstract submission deadline: August 15, 2018. Full papers due: October 19 2018.

The theme of this year’s Symposium is:

Not the ‘New Oil’ – Data Governance and the Internet

By creating global compatibility and interoperability for nearly all forms of digital data, the Internet has created a new economy centered on the value and use of data. Metaphors of “data as the new oil,” however, can encourage policies of hoarding, bordering and nationalizing information. We encourage submissions of papers that take a fresher look at the global political economy and governance of data and its relationship to Internet governance. We encourage papers that address the international economics and policy of “big data,” the global impact of the European GDPR; industrial data sharing and the Internet of things; the economic and political impact of data uses by AI tools; the regulation of data sharing across borders, including data localization laws; platforms, data, manipulation and verification.

While papers related to the symposium theme are encouraged, GigaNet is a home for all scholars of Internet governance; its annual symposium is intended to build and showcase the entire field. Authors from any Internet governance-related topic and methodological or theoretical approach are invited to submit their work. Topics that are welcome include, but are not limited to:

* The role of sovereignty in cyberspace

* Trade agreements and Internet governance

* Cybersecurity and cyber conflict among great powers

* Multistakeholder governance and the distribution of power in IG institutions

* The transparency and inclusiveness of post-transition ICANN

* Policy issues related to domain names and IP addresses

* The role of Internet intermediaries in Internet governance

Time and Location

The Symposium will take place on 15 November 2018 in Paris, France. It will be hosted by the LIP6 Laboratory, Tower 26, Room 25-26/105 Sorbonne Université, Jussieu Campus, 4 Place Jussieu – 75005 Paris. Participation in the GigaNet symposium is free of charge.

Submission Requirements

GigaNet is oriented around the presentation of research papers. We ask you to submit extended abstracts for review by the program committee. Extended abstract should consist of 800-1500 words. Each abstract must describe

1) The research question(s),

2) The data used,

3) The methodology and

4) The main findings of the paper.

Theoretical papers need not specify the data used but must have a clear research question and statement of the specific theories used and literature in which the analysis is situated.

Proposals should be submitted in English. Reviews of individual papers will be double blind. Therefore, do not include names or any other personally identifiable information on the uploaded file; be aware however that applicants will submit through the Easychair platform which will record their names and contact data and the PC chair will be able to see them.

Extended abstract submission deadline: August 15, 2018

Full papers due: October 19 2018

All documents must be uploaded to: EasyChair

We expect to complete reviews and notifying authors of acceptances on September 3. Accepted papers will be required to submit their final paper submission by October 19 to be included in the program.


The Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet)

GigaNet is an international association of academic researchers founded in 2006 to support multidisciplinary research on Internet governance. Its membership includes researchers from all over the world who are contributing to local, regional and international debates on Internet Governance. GigaNet encourages emerging scholars to submit their work to the conference. More information on GigaNet’s organizational structures and activities can be found on our website.