Global Internet Governance - Actors, Regulations, Transactions and Strategies

Main Topics

Scholars from different backgrounds and disciplines are encouraged to contribute through their theoretical and empirical research works to this definition and to analysis of global internet governance as a diplomacy issue. In addition to general global internet governance issues, topics of particular interest include:

  • Europe as a global actor in internet governance diplomacy: A symphony or cacophony of voices? Europe’s role and position in both the negotiation of internet related Treaties and discussion of soft law instruments; Economy, trade, taxation and labour: the European model challenged by US internet giants and the so-called sharing economy? Europe and its neighbourhood: challenges and opportunities in internet governance diplomacy;
  • Human rights, rule of law and democratic values anchoring and channelling: drivers and obstacles in a digital era; National, regional and global norms diffusion; The role of major European Court rulings on internet related norms; The role of international organizations in hard and soft law instruments design and implementation;
  • New diplomacy actors, instruments and practices in internet governance: Non state actors; Multistakeholder processes: coalitions, transactions and strategies; New forms of lobbying and new power relations?
  • Multiple digital disruptions faced by diplomacy and their consequences: Intercultural relations in internet governance diplomacy and their institutional and regulatory impact; New forms of coordination, institutions building and rule making; New forms of threats and opportunities for sovereignty, peace and security;
  • Diplomacy transformations in a digital era: Nature and perimeter; Commonalities and specificities across different fields; Assessment of diplomatic studies and trainings with regard to such transformations.