Call for proposals – Internet Governance research a decade after WSIS: new directions and persisting challenges

11th GigaNet Annual Symposium – Call for proposals

Internet Governance research a decade after WSIS: new directions and persisting challenges, 05 December 2016, Guadalajara, Mexico

Call for proposals

Extended abstract submission deadline: 10 June 2016

Full papers due: 10 October 2016

In 2016, the Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet) will celebrate its tenth year of existence and its 11th Annual Symposium which will take place on 05 December 2016 in Guadalajara, Mexico as a pre-event of the United Nations Internet Governance Forum (IGF).

GigaNet is an international association of academic researchers with a focus on the multidisciplinary field of Internet Governance. It was founded in 2006 and is open to researchers from all over the world who are contributing to local, regional and international debates on Internet Governance. More information on GigaNet’s institutional structures and activities can be found on the website

GigaNet is now accepting proposals for papers to be presented at its annual symposium in Guadalajara. Authors from any field of study, methodological or theoretical approach, working any aspect of Internet governance are invited to submit their work. The main theme of the 2016 GigaNet symposium is Internet Governance research a decade after WSIS: new directions and persisting challenges.

Suggested topics

  • Power dynamics and distribution of resources in Internet Governance
  • Users, technology designers and regulators in distributed systems
  • Internet Governance discourse and assumptions
  • Internet Governance and trade agreements
  • The Internet of things, mobility and cloud computing
  • ICANN future scenarios
  • Internet policy framing in emerging economies
  • The multistakeholder approach in Internet Governance communities, institutions, and fora
  • Internet Governance and human rights

Submission requirements

Abstracts should consist of 800-1000 words and describe the main research goals and the methodological background of the paper. Proposals can be submitted in English or Spanish language. They need to be anonymous which means no names or other personal data should appear on uploaded pdf files. However, applicants need to fill in the Easychair form with their names and data requested. GigaNet encourages emerging scholars to submit their proposals. All documents must be uploaded until 10 June 2016 to:

Selection Process and Participation

GigaNet will select abstracts based on double-blind reviews and inform the authors until 10 July 2016. Final papers can be written and presented in English or Spanish and need to be handed in by 10 October 2016. Presentations at the symposium can be held in one of the two languages. Selected authors who do not submit their complete papers until this date will be removed from the program. Participation in the GigaNet symposium is free of charge.


10 June 2016: deadline for submission of proposals

10 July 2016: GigaNet informs selected authors by email

10 October 2016: deadline for submission of complete papers

05 December 2016: GigaNet symposium in Guadalajara, Mexico


Further details on the event can be found on GigaNet’s website:

Queries can be send to the Program Committee Chair:

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