GigaNet Sixth Annual Symposium

United Nations Office, UNON complex, Nairobi, Kenya

Room 11

September 26, 2011

The Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GIGANET) will hold its Sixth Annual Symposium on 26 September 2011, one day before the United Nations Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Nairobi, Kenya.

Since 2006, GigaNet has organized an Annual Symposium to showcase research about Internet Governance, focusing on an interdisciplinary approach. Prior successful symposia took place in Greece (2006), Brazil (2007), India (2008), Egypt (2009) and Lithuania (2010). In 2011, the Internet Governance Forum has entered its second phase, after having reached the end of its first 5-years mandate. This year’s event will provide room to discuss the challenges encountered and results achieved during the first five years of IGF. As in previous years the GigaNet Symposium will further discuss current and future questions of Global Internet Governance.

The symposium will be organized in co-operation with Research ICT Africa (RIA). RIA is a network of researchers in 20 African countries conducting research on ICT policy and regulation and facilitating evidence-based and informed policy making for improved access, use and application of ICT for social development and economic growth.


Remote participation

Remote participants is provided via the IGF website:



Registration is free of charge. If you are planning to either attend in person or remotely participate, please register at or send an email to

Preliminary program


9.45 – 10.15: Gathering & Coffee

10.15 – 10.30: Introduction & Welcome


10.30 – 12.15: Panel 1: Internet Governance Processes and Institutions

12.15 – 13.45: Lunch

13.45 – 15.00: Roundtable on the state of Internet Governance Research and Practices in Africa

  • Alison Gillwald (Research ICT Africa)
  • John Walubengo (University of Nairobi)
  • Shikoh Gitau (Researcher Google &Young African Researchers Network)


15.15-15.30: Coffee

15.30- 17.00: Panel 3: Internet Rights and Repression


17.15-18.15: Roundtable on the state of Internet Rights

Roundtable jointly organized by GigaNet and APC

  • Anriette Esterhuyzen (Association for Progressive Communication – APC)
  • William J. Drake (Media Change & Innovation Division, IPMZ, University of Zurich) (GigaNet)
  • Peng Hwa Ang (Signapore Internet Research Centre, Nanyang Technological University) (GigaNet)
  • Lee Hibbard (Council of Europe)
  • Joy Liddicoat (Association for Progressive Communication – APC)
  • Wolfgang Kleinwächter (University of Aarhus) (GigaNet) 


GigaNet 2011 Program Committee

  • Leo Van Audenhove – PC Chair, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
  • Roy Balleste – St. Thomas University, Miami, USA
  • William Drake – University of Zurich, Switzerland
  • Dmitry Epstein – Cornell University, USA
  • Marianne Franklin – Goldsmiths University London, UK
  • Raquel Gatto – Catholic University of São Paulo, Brazil
  • Alison Gillwald – Director Research ICT Africa
  • Nanette Levinson – American University, USA
  • Milton Mueller – Syracuse University, USA
  • Rolf H. Weber – University of Zurich, Switzerland



If you have any question related to the symposium, please e-mail the Program Committee Chair:

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