The Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet) is a scholarly community which aims: (i) to promote the development of Internet Governance as a recognized interdisciplinary field of study and (ii) to facilitate the informed dialogue on policy and issues in a multistakeholder approach.

To fulfill its goals, GigaNet has organized an annual research symposium since 2006. Held in conjunction with the Internet Governance Forum, it is an opportunity to showcase current research on Internet Governance from around the world and provides a venue for scholars to discuss and debate these crucial issues.

Prior successful symposia in Greece (2006), Brazil (2007), India (2008) and Egypt (2009) lead us to the Fifth GigaNet Symposium to be held in Vilnius, Lithuania, on September 13th, 2010 – one day before the IGF official opening, at LITEXPO. This year’s Symposium is graciously sponsored in part by the MIT Press, with facilities provided by the IGF Secretariat.

Registration is free of charge. If you are planning to either attend in person or remotely participate, please register at participants can find further instructions for participating here. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact:

Fifth GigaNet Annual Symposium

LITEXPO (Hall 5, Room 3), Vilnius, Lithuania [VIEW SITE MAP]

September 13, 2010

Program [pdf]

(Last update: 6 September 2010)

9:00-9:15 Opening & Welcome

9:15-10:30 PANEL 1: Internet governance theory and issue

Moderator: William Drake, Centre for International Governance of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva

  • Peng Hwa Ang and Natalie Pang, Going Beyond Talk: Can International Internet Governance Work? – ANG and PANG.pdf

  • Everton Lucero, Global Governance of Critical Internet Resources: A Perspective from the South – LUCERO.pdf

  • Jean-Marie Chenou, Multistakeholderism or elitism? The creation of a transnational field of Internet governance – CHENOU.pdf

10:30-11:00 Poster Session and Coffee Break (sponsored by MIT Press)

11:00-12:15 PANEL 2: State power and Internet governance

Moderator: Rolf Weber, European Law Institute and the Center for Information and Communication Law at the University of Zurich

  • Joanna Kulesza, State responsibility for acts of cyber-terrorism – KULESKA.pdf

  • Jeremy Shtern, Models of Global Internet Governance and the Projection of State Power: The Case of Facebook and the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada –  SHTERN.pdf

  • Lorena Jaume-Palasi and Ben Wagner, Nosy preferences of Google and China: Modeling an internet governance conflict using Amartya Sen’s liberal paradox – PALASI and WAGNER.pdf

12:15-12:45 Book Release Event

Introduction given by William Drake, editor of the MIT Press series on “The Information Revolution and Global Politics”, followed by remarks from Milton Mueller, author of the newly released book, “Networks and States: the Global Politics of Internet Governance”.

12:45-13:30 Lunch Break

13:30-14:45 PANEL 3: Interaction of technology, operations and governance

Moderator: Meryem Marzouki, LIP6/PolyTIC – CNRS

  • Brenden Kuerbis, Securing Internet routing: Influence and control of critical Internet resources through social networks and delegation – KUERBIS.pdf

  • Dmitry Epstein, Qiu-Hong Wang, Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Milton Mueller, What’s in the name? A behavioral study of the use of the URLs in China and the US – EPSTEIN AT AL.pdf

  • Laura DeNardis, The Privatization Of Internet Governance – DENARDIS – The Privitization of Internet Governance.pdf

14:45-15:45 PANEL 4: IGF practice, multistakeholderism and emerging issues

  • Nanette Levinson, Evaluating and Analyzing Collaboration In Cross-cultural and Cross-sectoral Perspective: Indicators from The Internet Governance Forum – LEVINSON.pdf

  • Ivar Alberto Hartmann, Universal Access policies and Internet Access as a Fundamental Right: The Constitutional Law Perspective informed by the Brazilian Case – HARTMANN.pdf

15:45-16:00 Closing

16:00-16:30 Poster Session and Coffee Break (sponsored by MIT Press)

16:30-17:30 GigaNet Business Meeting (open to members and potential applicants)

Convener: GigaNet Chair, Milton Mueller

Poster session:

Many thanks to the 2010 Program Committee members:

  • Slavka Antonova, University of North Dakota, USA

  • Lamees El Baghdady, Modern Sciences and Art University, Egypt

  • Roy Balleste, St. Thomas University, USA

  • Olga Cavalli, South SSIG, Argentina

  • Dmitry Epstein, Cornell University, USA

  • Marianne Franklin, University of London, UK

  • Raquel Gatto – PC Chair, PUC-SP, Brazil

  • Konstantinos Komaitis – Membership Chair, University of Strathclyde, UK

  • Brenden Kuerbis – Communications Chair, Syracuse University, USA

  • Nanette Levinson, American University, USA

  • Milton Mueller – GigaNet Chair, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands