The European Consortium for Political Reasearch 2015 General Conference, August 26 – 29, 2015

Panelists (left to right): Nanette Levinson, Sarah Myers, Jeanette Hofman, Meryem Marzouki, Samantha Bradshaw and Laura DeNardis.
Panelists (left to right): Nanette Levinson, Sarah Myers, Jeanette Hofman, Meryem Marzouki, Samantha Bradshaw and Laura DeNardis.

The European Consortium for Political Research 2015 General Conference took place in Montreal between 26th and 29th of August. Over the last weekend, Dr. DeNardis (American University School of Communication) and Dr. Levinson (American University School of International Service) participated in the Global Internet Governance Trajectory: Actors and States of Play panel. Dr. Levinson co-chaired the panel alongside Meryem Marzouki of Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and presented her paper IOs and the Technical Communities in The Internet Governance Institutional Complex: Strategies and Perspectives (co-authored by Meryem Marzouki). Dr. DeNardis presented her paper co-authored with Samantha Bradshaw (Centre for International Governance Innovation) The Politicisation of the Internet’s Domain Name System – Implications for  Internet Security, Universality and Freedom

Dr. DeNardis’ and Bradshaw’s paper The Politicisation of the Internet’s Domain Name System – Implications for  Internet Security, Universality and Freedom is available for download through ECPR panel page.

Here is the abstract of the paper co-authored by Dr. Levinson, IOs and the Technical Communities in The Internet Governance Institutional Complex: Strategies and Perspectives:

While the term ‘multistakeholderism’ has become one of the most commonly used words in Internet governance (IG) studies, only three main categories of stakeholders are almost always highlighted in IG arenas: Governments, Businesses, and Civil Society. However, initial findings from our two-year transatlantic research project show that Intergovernmental Organizations (IOs) also are crafting roles for themselves as IG actors and details their strategies for engaging in this multistakeholder arena. This paper focuses on the Technical communities – composed of organizations such as ICANN, ISOC, and other bodies primarily dedicated to the technical management of the Internet – as another IG actor, and its interaction with IOs. Using a framework from political science, communication theory, and organizational sociology, it analyzes (with interview, observational, and archival data) the emergence of this stakeholder, its strategic interactions with IOs, and highlights new trends of the Global Internet Governance institutionalization.

The other presentations that were part of the Global Internet Governance Trajectory panel included:

A Social and Historical Perspective on Multistakeholderism: Results from Survey at ICANN 52 (2015) (Michelle Rioux of and Olivier Dagenais both of Universite du Quebec a Montreal;

Dismantling and Assembling a Governance Regime: An Institutional Theory-based Perspective on the Internet Governance Forum (by Jeanette Hofman, WZB Berlin Social Science Center); and

Multistakeholder as Governance Groups: Observations from Case Studies  (co-authored by Sarah West Myers, University of South Carolina, and Urs Oasser and Ryan Budish of harvard University).

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