The Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet) is an international association of academic researchers. The network was founded in 2006 by a group of scholars engaged in the WSIS, WGIG, and the IGF processes to support multidisciplinary scholarship on internet governance. Members include researchers from a wide range of disciplines and locations who are contributing to research, teaching, and engagement in local, regional, and international debates on internet governance.
The four principal objectives of GigaNet are to:
- support the establishment of a global network of scholars specializing in internet governance issues;
- promote the development of internet governance as a recognized, interdisciplinary field of study;
- advance theoretical and applied research on internet governance, broadly defined, and;
- facilitate informed dialogue on policy issues and related matters between scholars and internet governance stakeholders (governments, international organizations, the private sector, and civil society).
GigaNet is a volunteer-run and membership-driven network organization. It conveys an annual symposium for internet governance scholars, which takes place on day zero of the global Internet Governance Forum (IGF). In addition, GigaNet members have organized a series of regional and academic events, often in conjunction with other academic forums.