INFO: 10th GigaNet Annual Symposium on Internet Governance (João Pessoa, Brazil)

By: Sonny Zulhuda

The annual Symposium this time will be held in Brazil, on 9th November 2015. I have been in the Programme Committee who deal with the call for papers and all selection process. The papers have been finalised and, as always, this Symposium promises an exciting forum to discuss and debate on matters relating to the Internet Governance.

The Symposium covers a broad spectrum of Internet Governance topics that include:

  • Changes in the Internet Governance ecosystem
  • Internet Governance 10 years after the WSIS
  • Analyzing, critiquing or supporting multistakeholder governance as an ideology or practice
  • The governance and legal implications of decentralized systems such as Bitcoin and Ethereum
  • Sustainable development as it relates to global Internet Governance
  • Technical, legal and policy initiatives for cybersecurity and their impact on global Internet Governance

For more info, feel free to check the URL: http://giga-net.org/page/2015-annual-symposium

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INFO: Berlin Early Stage Researchers Colloquium 2015

By: Sonny Zulhuda

If you are a PhD student or otherwise a post-doc researcher on Internet studies, here is a piece of information from my network in the Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet):

Hereby the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society announces the annual colloquium held in Berlin, 24 September 2015. We wish to gather early stage researchers (Ph.D. candidates and post-docs) from all disciplines in order to drive forward the discussion on topics in the field of Internet research. The colloquium provides a stage for new perspectives on current issues of Internet and society.


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=========== BERLIN EARLY STAGE RESEARCHERS COLLOQUIUM 2015 =======================

Early stage researchers (Ph.D. candidates and post-docs) from all disciplines are invited to push ahead with the discussion revolving around Internet research.

Conference: 24 September 2015 in Berlin
Submission Deadline: 15 June 2015
Online submission via: http://colloquium.hiig.de/index.php/esrc/esrc2015/schedConf/cfp

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TOPICS 2015
This year’s colloquium will consist of 5 thematically focused tracks. We cordially invite you to submit your research projects on one of the following topics:

RESEARCH AND KNOWLEDGE IN A DIGITAL AGE
The Internet offers fundamentally new premises for how knowledge is created and disseminated. Research in particular is facing massive changes in the way it produces and conveys knowledge. Scientific blogs allow communicating at a faster pace, data sharing platforms enable collaboration at an intermediate stage in the research process, and new models of participation, as for example citizen science, allow volunteers to take part in the discovery process. » MORE

INTERNET AND PUBLIC GOVERNANCE
The use of the Internet in public services is gaining more and more attention. We therefore want to discuss structural repercussions the Internet has on fundamental ordering principles as well as on the general functions of public administrations and state institutions as regards the provision of public goods, tasks and outreach. The focus of this workshop lies less on how these technologies are rolled-out but rather on the impact and challenges these developments have on state actors and specific public governance areas.» MORE

INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH ON INFORMATION PRIVACY, SURVEILLANCE, AND DATA PROTECTION
Facing the inherent complexity of information privacy and the growing interdependence between social, legal, economic, and technological aspects of privacy in the Internet age, research on information privacy, surveillance, and data protection is depending more and more on interdisciplinary cooperation. But interdisciplinarity is posing major scientific challenges in itself. How can we create a mutual understanding between social, legal, economic, and technical sciences? What are the assumptions, scopes, and limits of theories of information privacy, surveillance and data protection, and how can we make them transparent to researchers from different disciplines? » MORE

ALGORITHMIC GOVERNANCE
Data and algorithms seem to organise and structure our communications, our purchases and financial trades, our mobility and our risk evaluations – in short: our lives in a digital society. While this governance by algorithms is increasingly getting public attention, rigorous empirical research is still scarce and fragmented. What happens when existing rules and practices are translated into computable decisions systems? What are the normative evaluations and business interests that shape the creation of these algorithms? » MORE

DIGITAL COMMUNICATION AND VALUE CREATION BETWEEN COMPANIES AND THE CROWD
Given the need to become more malleable and meet the demands of the business environment of the so-called network information economy companies seek renewed organisation models particularly in the relationship with internet users. Companies are no longer players that have a linear and unidirectional dialogue with the consumer, but are part of a decentralised and complex information ecosystem with multiple players. The connected consumer requires other marketing and communication strategies. » MORE

ICANN and the Beijing Fellowship – As I see it

By: Sonny Zulhuda (ICANN Fellow)

Between 7-12 April 2013, I was granted a Fellowship to attend ICANN Global Meeting No. 46 in Beijing, People Republic of China. ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) is a California-based corporation that administer the global Internet.

If you are new to ICANN, learn it more on its official page. For the Fellowship itself, learn about it at its official fellowship page. It is like an internship where a fellow will attend sessions, meetings and be engaged in discussions to learn, understand and exchange views about ICANN and the Internet.

As this was my second Fellowship after Singapore in 2011, I had some pre-existing plans and expectation in my mind before going to the meeting (For my blogs on the Singapore Fellowship, read here). Here are some notes:

Meeting old friends

Senior FellowsSome of my very good friends from the first meeting would also join this Beijing event. That is exciting to say the least. But then I also realised that those friends had before the Beijing meeting participated in at least another ICANN meeting either as Fellow or as a member of certain committees or supporting organisations in ICANN. That is a bonus for me, because I would learn from their experiences how they experienced being part of ICANN communities beyond the fellowship. I noticed some had joined the GAC (like Tracy, Sorina and Saso) while others took a position in their own ccNSO (Alejandra). Nomcom (Siranush) or regional At-Large Organization (like Natali and Naveed). I must say they have provided for us very good example 🙂

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