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Standing Committees

GigaNet has four standing committees: (1) Membership; (2) Program; (3) Communication; and (4) Outreach and Partnerships. The chair of each committee serves on the Steering Committee. To promote continuity and an effective boot-up during our initial year, the Start-Up Group has appointed the members of the inaugural Steering Committee. The inaugural Steering Committee took office and the Start-Up Group was abolished 1 April 2007. The inaugural Steering Committee served until 31 January 2008. According to our organizing documents, one month after the end of the Internet Governance Forum, GigaNet members will elect new officers and chairs to one-year terms lasting from 1 February to 31 January of the following year. Incumbents may stand for reelection. The results of the first GigaNet Election were completed in January 2008.

Briefly, the responsibilities of each of these standing committees is as follows:

Membership: Receives and approves applications for membership; provide recommendations for considerations of membership expansion.


Current Members:
  • Konstantinos Komaitis (Chair)

Program:
Coordinates the program for the annual GigaNet scholarly symposia to be held in conjunction with meetings of the United Nations’ Internet Governance Forum. Develops a Call for Papers, defines session themes, coordinates the review of submissions, and selects papers and presentations for inclusion in symposia programs.


Current Members:
  • Raquel Gatto (Chair)
  • Meryem Marzouki
  • Ana Abreu
  • Slavka Antonova
  • Wolfgang Kleinwächter
  • John Mathiason
  • Milton Mueller
  • Max Senges
  • Rolf Weber

Communication: Develops the web site, coordinates the evaluation of technology, development and implementation of a strategy for communication and collaboration inside GigaNet.

Current Members:
  • Derrick L. Cogburn (Chair)
  • Slavka Antonova
  • Seiiti Arata
  • Brenden Kuerbis
  • Meryem Marzouki
  • John Mathiason
  • Mumbi wa Mugo
  • Elena Pavan
  • Max Senges
  • Carlos Vera

Outreach and Partnerships: Develops partnerships and cooperation with other academic and policy entities and, with the approval of the Steering Committee, oversees use of the GigaNet name by affiliated events, activities and organizations.

Current Members:
  • Slavka Antonova (Chair)
  • Konstantinos Komaitis
  • Carlos Vera

 Participation in the standing committees is open to participation by all GigaNet members. Ad Hoc Committees or other organizational structures can be created by the Steering Committee to address any issue they see fit, and their time frame will be delimited upon creation.

The interim chairs will be responsible for convening and organizing the first committees. We hope to recruit new members for the GigaNet leadership, especially colleagues from developing countries; the ultimate goal is to have a Steering Committee that is diverse and balanced.

 

 



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