Monday, March 24, 2014

[CFP] Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet)

Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet)


9th Annual Symposium
1 September 2014
Istanbul, Turkey

Deadline for abstract submissions: April 15 2014

The Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet) is seeking research submissions about Internet Governance to be presented at its Ninth Annual Symposium, held on 1 September 2014, one day before the United Nations Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Istanbul, Turkey.

GigaNet is a scholarly community that promotes the development of Internet Governance as a recognized, interdisciplinary field of study and facilitates informed dialogue on policy issues and related matters between scholars and governments, international organizations, the private sector and civil society.

Since 2006, GigaNet has organized an Annual Symposium to showcase research about Internet Governance, bringing together researchers and practitioners from a wide range of disciplines and fields. As in previous years, the symposium will provide room to discuss current and future questions as well as the challenges encountered and results achieved in global Internet governance. The 2014 GigaNet Symposium offers researchers a timely opportunity to present their work on our rapidly changing field.

Conference themes

GigaNet is interested in receiving abstracts related to Internet Governance themes, especially those containing innovative approaches and/or emerging research areas. The program committee welcomes all proposals on topics related to global Internet governance including such themes as:
  • The WGEC process and outcomes
  • The WSIS review process and outcomes
  • The mainstreaming and proliferation of “Internet Governance”
  • The institutionalization of internet governance
  • Analysis of the NETmundial meeting
  • Global Trade, Intellectual Property and Internet Governance
  • The ICANN separation roadmap from the NTIA
We will continue to provide a venue for emerging scholars in the field by offering select panels. Emerging Scholars are those individuals who have received their Ph.D. within the past three years as well as current doctoral students working on their approved doctoral research.

Accepted papers from senior scholars will be presented and discussed in a roundtable format involving business, government and technical community representatives, while emerging scholars will present their work in a more traditional academic panel. In both cases, presenters should expect to have conversations about their work with people from a wide range of stakeholder groups.


Interested scholars should submit abstracts of their research paper at the Easy Chair platform:
Deadline for abstract submissions: April 15 2014

Paper proposals should be submitted following these requirements:
  • An abstract of 800-1000 words, in English, that describes the paper’s main research goal(s) and methodology employed
  • A short bio note focused on institutional affiliations, advanced degrees, scholarly publications and work in the field of Internet Governance and related issues (for example ICTs). Please include a link to a more detailed CV.
  • Authors of accepted abstracts must submit their final papers by 15 July 2014. Those unable to do so will be removed from the program. 

Process and publication

The Program Committee will evaluate submitted abstracts and inform proposal authors of acceptance decisions by email before 1 June 2014.

Accepted submissions and final papers will be published on the GigaNet website. An online publication with selected papers on the main challenges of Internet Governance is also planned for the Istanbul IGF.


The GigaNet Annual Symposium is free of charge. However, registration will be required to gain entry to the event venue. Please continue visiting our website for further information about registration, venue and accommodation.

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