Call for Papers

GigaNet 2019 Symposium

October 15: full papers due
November 25:  GigaNet 2019 Symposium, Berlin

GigaNet – the Global Internet Governance Academic Network – is now accepting extended abstracts for papers to be presented at its annual symposium. GigaNet 2019 will be held alongside the United Nations Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Berlin.  We expect our symposium to be held on “Day 0” of the IGF, which is Monday, November 25.

GigaNet is an international association of academic researchers founded in 2006 to support multidisciplinary research on Internet governance. Its membership includes researchers from all over the world who are contributing to local, national, regional, and international debates on Internet governance. More information on GigaNet’s organizational structures and activities can be found on its website at

Papers on any Internet governance-related topic are solicited. Welcome topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Norm development by states and/or non-state actors
  • Cross-regional dynamics (East-West, South-South, East-South, South-West, etc.)
  • Governance of/by content, e.g. narratives, disclosures, censorship
  • Sovereignty (internal, external) and commons-based governance
  • Cybersecurity and cyber conflict among states
  • Governance within new top-level domains
  • Technical standards as norms
  • Theories of and methods applicable to Internet governance research
  • Multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary approaches

GigaNet is oriented around the presentation of research papers.  Extended abstract should consist of 800-1500 words and must describe:

  1. The research question(s),
  2. The data used,
  3. The methodology and
  4. The main findings of the paper.

Theoretical papers need not specify the data used but must have a clear research question and statement of the specific theories used and literature in which the analysis is situated.

Reviews of individual papers will be double blind. Therefore, do not include names or any other personally identifiable information on the uploaded file.  (Be aware, however, that applicants will submit through the Easychair platform, which will record their names and contact data, and the program committee chair will be able to see that information.)

GigaNet encourages emerging scholars to submit their work to the symposium. Proposals should be submitted in English.

For submission, the extended abstract must be uploaded to the Easychair website (URL above) by 22 June 2019.

Important dates:

  • June 22: Extended abstracts submission
  • August 18: notification to authors of acceptances/rejections
  • August 23: accepted authors confirm attendance
  • October 15: full papers due
  • November 25:  GigaNet 2019 Symposium, Berlin (subject to change when UN allocates facilities at IGF)

Participation in the GigaNet symposium is free of charge.