The research agenda of GigaNet is driven by its diverse members. As a collective premier research event, GigaNet Program Committee organizes an Annual Symposium at the Internet Governance Forum meetings. The GigaNet Annual Symposium is an opportunity to showcase some of the best current research on Internet Governance from around the world and provides a venue for scholars to discuss and debate these crucial issues.

The  1st GigaNet Symposium was held in Athens, Greece, on 29 October 2006. The 2nd GigaNet Symposium was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on 11 November 2007.

Third GigaNet Annual Symposium

Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh), India

2 December 2008

The Symposium brochure(with introduction, detailed program, acknowledgments and biographies), posterand list of pre-registered participants are available online, as well as the photo gallery of presenters

Program agenda with links to full papers and presenters’ photos>

9:00-9:30 Opening Session

Welcoming Remarks by GigaNet Chair

NANETTE S. LEVINSON, American University, USA

Program Overview by Program Chair

MERYEM MARZOUKI, CNRS & Université Pierre et Marie Curie, France

9:30-11:15 SESSION 1 – Chair: ROLF H. WEBER, University of Zürich, Switzerland
Networked Global Governance And The Institutionalization of Internet Governance

New Web Standards in the Making: Transnational Private Governance and Beyond

FRANÇOIS-XAVIER DUDOUET, CNRS & Université Paris-Dauphine, France
BENJAMIN NGUYEN (presenter), Université Versailles Saint-Quentin, France
ANTOINE VION (presenter), Université de la Méditerranée, France

Co-Creating Processes in Global Governance: The Case of Internet Governance
NANETTE S. LEVINSON, American University, USA

More Substance than Process: Information Government’s Lessons for Internet Governance
VIKTOR MAYER-SCHÖNBERGER (presenter), LKY School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore

Structuring Online and Offline Discursive Spaces of Internet Governance: Insights from a Network Approach to Map an Emerging Field
ELENA PAVAN (presenter), University of Trento, Italy
MARIO DIANI, University of Trento, Italy

ICANN’s GAC and Global Governance of the Internet: The Role of the EU in Bringing Back ‘Government’ to Internet Governance
JAMAL SHAHIN (presenter), Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium & Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
MATTHIAS FINGER, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland


11:45-13:30 SESSION 2 – Chair: NIKHIL AGARWAL, Europe Asia Business School, India
Global Internet Governance: The Diverse Instruments of a complex mechanism

The Humanization of Internet Governance: A Roadmap Towards a Comprehensive Global (Human) Rights Architecture for the Internet
WOLFGANG BENEDEK (presenter), University of Graz, Austria
MATTHIAS C. KETTEMANN, University of Graz, Austria
MAX SENGES, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain & Stanford University, USA

Architecting Civil Liberties
LAURA DENARDIS (presenter), Yale Law School, USA

Internet Governance and the Jurisdiction of States
JOANNA KULESZA, University of Lodz, Poland

Disrupting Global Governance: The Internet Whois Service, ICANN, and Privacy
MILTON MUELLER, Syracuse University, USA & Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
MAWAKI CHANGO (presenter), Syracuse University, USA

Internet Jurisdiction and Applicable Law in Latin-America
CRISTOS VELASCO SAN MARTIN, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain

13:30-14:30 LUNCH BRE AK

14:30-16:15 SESSION 3 – Chair: STEPHEN D. MCDOWELL, Florida State University, USA
Stakeholders or Social Actors? Power Dynamics In Internet Governance

Capacity Building’ through Learning in the Global Internet Governance For
SLAVKA ANTONOVA, Massey University, New Zealand

Engendering Internet Governance Research: The Example of Censorship
HEIKE JENSEN (presenter), Humboldt University, Germany

Two Kinds of Violence: Internet Governance and Internet Mob in Mainland China
ZHUO ZHANG, Wuhan University, China
HANDONG WANG, Wuhan University, China

From Athens to Hyderabad: Ontological Politics in the Internet Governance Forum
TAREK CHENITI (presenter), Oxford University, United Kingdom

Social Actors on a Hot Tin Roof? Between the Traditionaland the Avant-garde in ‘Internet Governance’ Mobilization
MARIANNE I. FRANKLIN (presenter), Goldsmiths, University of London, United Kingdom




An Assessment of the UN Internet Governance Forum
OLGA CAVALLI, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina

Separated Together: The International Telecommunication Union and Civil Society
KRISTINA IRION, Central European University, Hungary

Realizing the Global Promise of the Internet: The Future of Internet Governance

Building Regional and Ethno-Linguistic Communities in the Infosphere: dot Asia and dot Cat
STEPHEN D. MCDOWELL (presenter), Florida State University, USA
PHILIP E. STEINBERG, Florida State University, USA
YI-HSING HAN, Florida State University, USA

The Space Law Analogy to Internet Governance
JEREMY MALCOLM (presenter), Consumers International, Malaysia

Who Dominates the Market First? Competition Between IDN ccTLDs and IDN gTLDs
Y.J. PARK, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Toward a Humanistic Conception of Cyberspace. A Twofold Challenge for Netizens Mobilizing for a Democratic Internet Governance
ELENA PAVAN, University of Trento, Italy
MAX SENGES (presenter), Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain & Stanford University, USA
KONSTANTINOS KOMAITIS, University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom

Modifying the Data Stream: Deep Packet Inspection and Internet Censorship
BEN WAGNER (presenter), University of Granada, Spain & University of Munich, Germany

Social Contract As Model For The Internet Community
ROLF H. WEBER (presenter), University of Zürich, Switzerland