Possible GIG-ARTS Network extensions
The disciplines represented in the current network are: Political Sciences; Law; Media and Communication; and Economy. They are considered as the most relevant with regards to the main scientific objectives stated for the targeted H2020 project: exploring global Internet governance political actors, issues, and institutionalisation processes involve the study of power relationships between these actors and of the strategies they develop to advance their objectives; given the highly dialogic and discursive features of Internet governance arenas, and more generally speaking the vision of the Internet as a public sphere, the analysis of the communication strategies and discourses at work is of crucial importance; law and normative orders studies are obviously involved in the study of regulations and human rights and democracy principles at stake with Internet governance issues; and finally, the economy of regulations and transactions is an important dimension of the defined set of scientific questions for this targeted project. Although very quickly and ideal typically stated here, the scientific objectives and approaches of the targeted project fully justify the selection of currently represented disciplines. Possible disciplinary extensions of the network may however involve a consolidation of the Economy dimension and, if need be, the inclusion of Sociology.
In terms of countries, there is a need for geographic extensions, if only to fulfil the organisational objectives of the targeted proposal (both “Organising the global Internet governance academic community” and “Knowledge-sharing and networking with non academic stakeholders”). As for now, only three third countries are represented in the network, chosen because of their important participation in global Internet governance processes and, in the specific case of Brazil, the originality of the national Internet governance process which led to the adoption of the Marco civil da Internet (the Brazilian framework of Internet rights and principles). However, Internet governance obviously has a global impact, including on countries and regions where the Internet infrastructure and Internet uses are not yet as developed as in other parts of the world. The GIG-ARTS Network will thus explore possible other partnerships with colleagues from Africa, Asia, and the rest of Latin America. In addition and as already said, the targeted H2020 project intends to particularly address the EU Eastern and Southern neighbourhood. To this end, partners from these countries will be also included.
Finally, extension to non-academic stakeholders is a necessary move for a project targeting science diplomacy. The GIG-ARTS Network will thus establish contacts with this category of organisations and institutions, nationally, regionally and globally as well as thematically considering their respective mandates. However, rather than looking for full partnership with them, the GIG-ARTS Network will probably work on establishing some kind of “club of GIG-ARTS associates”, as this sounds more relevant for relationships with non-academic organisations.