GigaNet 7th Annual Symposium 

5 November 2012

 Pre-conference to the UN Internet Governance Forum

Baku Expo Exhibition and Convention Center, Baku, Azerbaijan

The Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet) will hold the Seventh GigaNet Annual Symposium, on 5 November 2012, one day before the United Nations Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Since 2006, GigaNet has organized an Annual Symposium to showcase research about Internet Governance, focusing on an interdisciplinary approach. As in previous years, this year’s symposium will provide room to discuss current and future questions as well as the challenges encountered and results achieved in Global Internet Governance.

Please visit the event website for further information and registration:

Final program


9.00 – 9.15: Introduction by the Chair of GigaNet


9.15 – 10.30: The UN, the ITU and Internet governance

Chair: Milton Mueller – Syracuse University


10.30 – 11.15: Governance of critical Internet resources

Chair: Stefano Trumpy – CNR – Istituto di Informatica e Telematica

11.15 – 11.45: Coffee break


11.45 – 13.00: The role of private actors in Internet governance

Chair: Leo Van Audenhove – Vrije Universiteit Brussel


13.00 – 14.30: Lunch break


14.30 – 15.30: The Internet, civic engagement and state repression

Chair: Lee Hibbard – Council of Europe

15.30 – 16.00: Coffee break


16.00 – 17.30: Cyber security, privacy and copyright

Chair: Michel van Eeten  –  Delft University of Technology



The GigaNet Annual Symposium is free of charge.

Registration is possible via the event website:



The symposium will take place at the Baku Expo Exhibition and Convention Center, the venue of the 2012 Internet Governance Forum.

Please visit the website of IGF 2012for information about the venue and accommodation in Baku.



For questions concerning the program and the organisation, please contact the symposium organizers Leo Van Audenhove, Program Committee Chair, and Julia Pohle.



Coffee breaks and other expenses supported by: