Initiated in spring 2006 in conjunction with the UN Internet Governance Forum, the Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet) is hosting several events this year, including an upcoming international workshop on
Global Internet Governance: An Interdisciplinary Research Field in Construction” in Paris, 23 June 2008, from 08:30 to 13:30, concurrent with the ICANN-Paris meeting. [invitation-fr] [invitation-en]

The program includes scholars from around the world and several academic backgrounds. The registration form is now available online. Attendance at the workshop is free and open to all interested parties, but registration is required. Please send completed registration forms to

The purpose of the workshop, the first of its sort, is to allow scholars involved in Internet Governance related research to describe their ongoing research projects to other scholars in the field, in order to share ideas, forge possible collaborations, and identify emerging research themes in the field. Scholars from various academic disciplines and all regions of the world are expected to contribute to this reflexive exercise, with the long-term objective of collectively building this interdisciplinary research field.

Rather than featuring academic paper presentations, the workshop aims at providing a survey of current academic activities in the field of global Internet governance. The workshop is mainly organized around 3 roundtables, fostering lively and fruitful discussions. Panelists selected among the authors of submitted contributions will discuss global Internet governance research activities dealing with: models, players and democratic principles; regulation policies and regulatory issues; and regional perspectives and sociocultural issues.

Visit the workshop website for more detailed information, including directions, maps and other practical information. French co-organizers and sponsors are: GDR-CNRS TICS, DEL-CNRS network, Sciences Po, Univ. Paris 3 Sorbonne Nouvelle, Univ. Pierre et Marie Curie and LIP6 Laboratory.