ICA 2016 Preconference

Power, communication, and technology in Internet governance

Organized by
GigaNet (Global Internet Governance Academic Network)
Co-Sponsored by ICA’s Communication Law and Policy, and Communication and Technology Divisions

Hosted by
Kanazawa Institute of Technology (Tokyo campus)

Supported by
Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), and Department of Communication, University of Illinois at Chicago

Wednesday, 8 June 2016


9:15 Opening
9:30 Session 1: Repertoires of IG research, theoritization, and practice
Facilitator and respondent: Leo Van Audenhove



  • Nathalia Foditsch. Zero rating: evil or savior? Looking at the issue through the lenses of competition policy
  • Jeanette B Ruiz and George A Barnett. Regulating Ownership of the International Internet Backbone and the Worldwide Web
  • Matt Bui, Emily Sidnam and Ellen Helsper. Future Directions for Digital Inclusion Policy: Identifying Gaps in Policy and Integrating Theory for the Pursuit of Tangible Outcomes
  • Sandra Braman. Designing for Instability: Internet Architecture and Constant Change

11:00 Break

11:30 Session 2: National perspectives on IG

Facilitator and respondent: Séverine Arsène

  • Olga Khrustaleva.From national sovereignty to digital sovereignty. Russia’s data localization law and its implications
  • Fernanda Ribeiro Rosa. Internet Governance and the interplay between global and local initiatives: the case of “Marco Civil”
  • Rekha Jain. A Model for Internet Governance for India

13:00 Lunch

14:30 Session 3: Multistakeholderism and civic engagement in IG

Facilitator and respondent: Sonia Livingstone

  • Gwen Shaffer and Andrew Schrock. Collaboratively drafting open data policies: Measuring impacts and improving outcomes
  • Sherly Haristya. The polarisation and interaction of views among civil society actors in the global internet governance
  • Sarah Myers West. Searching for the Public in Internet Governance: An Examination of Infrastructures of Participation at NETmundial
  • Leo Van Audenhove, Julia Pohle, Luciano Morganti and Jo Pierson. Media Literacy and Internet Governance: A necessary marriage, exemplified by the case of the Belgian State versus Facebook

16:00 Break

16:30 Session 4: Reflecting on 10 years of Internet governance research

  • Dmitry Epstein. Internet governance: A meta-review of research literature
  • Christian Pentzold. Performing Internet Governance

Followed by roundtable discussion with

  • Julia Pohle
  • Sandra Braman
  • Adam Peake

18:00 Closing

  • Carolina Ines Aguerre, University of San Andrés
  • Séverine Arsène, French Centre for Research on Contemporary China
  • Analia Aspis, University of Buenos Aires
  • Renata Aquino-Ribeiro, Federal University of Ceará
  • Madeline Carr, Cardiff University
  • Dmitry Epstein, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Marianne Franklin, Goldsmith, University of London
  • Sherly Haristya, Nanyang Technological University
  • Argyro Karanasiou, Bournemouth University
  • Joanna Kulesza, University of Łódź
  • Daniel Oppermann, University of São Paulo
  • Julia Pohle, Berlin Social Science Center
  • Rolf H. Weber, University of Zurich



In order to participate in the event you need to register on the ICA website. There is a registration fee of $25 that you need to pay on the site. To register you will need to create an account on the ICA website, but you do not have to become a member of the ICA or register for the main conference (although it promises to be interesting). Your registration covers refreshments and lunch.

Pre-conference location

The pre-conference will take place on the Tokyo campus of Kanazawa Institute of Technology (K.I.T.) located at Atagotoyo Bldg. 12F, 1-3-4 Atago, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0002, Japan (Google maps). We will meet in room 13F 1301.

There are a number of hotels in the general vicinity of the K.I.T. Tokyo campus.

  • Hotel Mystays Hamamatsucho (3 stars/starting at $97)
  • Tokyu Rei Hotel (3 starts/starting at $102)
  • APA Hotel Shinbashi (3 stars/starting at $107)
  • Art Hotels Hamamatsucho (3 stars/starting at $107)
  • Hotel Sunroute Shinbashi (3 stars/starting at $133)*
  • Unizo Shinbashi (3 stars/starting at $152)*
  • Dai-Ichi Hotel Annex (4 stars/starting at $193)*
  • Dai-Ichi Hotel Tokyo (4 stars/starting at $215)*
  • Hotel Okura Tokyo (5 stars/starting at $240)
  • ANA InterContinental Tokyo (5 stars/starting at $267)

*Close to Shinbashi train station.  It take about 15 mins walk or a 5 mins TAXI ride (¥780/$7) to K.I.T campus from the Shinbashi station.

There is also a selection of AirBnB options starting at around $80.

Traveling from Tokyo to Fukuoka
Option 1: Shinkansen high speed train

Travel time from Tokyo Station to Hakata (Fukuoka Station): between 5h30 and 6h30.

The price for a single journey is around 22750 yen (about 200$), reservation fee included.

For a round trip between Tokyo and Fukuoka (or travel plans before and after the conference), the best option is to get a Japan Rail Pass. It is available to all foreigners, but need to be purchased before arriving in Japan. http://www.japanrailpass.net/ and http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2361.html).

The 7-day pass costs around 250$ and can be used on most JR trains throughout Japan (reservation fee included). For the travel between Tokyo and Fukuoka, Rail Pass holders cannot travel on the fastest Shinkansen line (called “Nozomi”) but need to change trains at Osaka or Kobe.

Check here for the connections and time table of the Shinkansen lines (at the bottom of the page, you can select to include the Nozomi line).

Option 2: Flight from Tokyo to Fukuoka

Flight time: 2 hours

Fares starts from 60$ for a one-way trip from Narita airport which is located 60 km from Tokyo city center (about 90 min / 25$). One-way flights from the closer Haneda airport start from 200$ (about 20 min / 5$).