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GigaNet is an emerging scholarly community initiated in spring 2006 in conjunction with the UN Internet Governance Forum. Its four principal objectives are to: (1) support the establishment of a global network of scholars specializing in Internet governance issues; (2) promote the development of Internet governance as a recognized, interdisciplinary field of study, (3) advance theoretical and applied research on Internet governance, broadly defined: and; (4) facilitate informed dialogue on policy issues and related matters between scholars and Internet governance stakeholders (governments, international organizations, the private sector, and civil society).

Membership in the GigaNet is open to individual researchers who have contributed to the scholarly literature on Internet governance. In general, members also would hold a PhD or other advanced degree and be affiliated with a university, research institution, or related organization. However, in reviewing membership applications, GigaNet will focus on overall scholarly profiles rather than strict conformity with these degree and affiliation criteria. GigaNet is governed by its Steering Committee and we congratulate those elected to positions for the 2009 period.  We also offer tremendous thanks to our Inaugural Steering Committee and Start-Up Group for the great work in moving GigaNet forward. 

As a premier research event, GigaNet organizes an Annual Symposium. On Saturday, 14 November, the 2009 Annual Symposium will be held in Sharm-El-Sheik, Egypt, preceding the 4th IGF Meeting from 15-18 November, 2009. For those unable to travel to Sharm, we will again have remote participation options available.

New: Asia-region event:

GigaNet and the Korean Journal of Policy Studies (KJPS) at Seoul National University (SNU) invite you to a conference on global Internet governance. The one-day event, sponsored by Korea Internet & Security Agency (KISA), will be held at Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea on Friday, October 23, 2009, just before the Seoul ICANN meeting (25 October - 30 October). Date & Time: 2:00pm ~6:00pm, October 23, 2009

Research Themes

  • Networked Global Governance
  • Instruments of Internet Governance
  • Dynamics of Internet Governance

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