GigaNet 2015 Annual Symposium

On Monday, 9 November 2015, the Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet) will hold its 10th annual symposium in João Pessoa, Brazil. As in the past nine years the event will take place one day before and in the same location as the United Nations Internet Governance Forum (IGF).

GigaNet is an international association of academic researchers with a focus on the multidisciplinary field of Internet Governance. It was founded in 2006 and is open to researchers from all over the world who are contributing to local, regional and international debates on Internet Governance. More information on GigaNet’s institutional structures and activities can be found on the website

For its 2015 annual symposium GigaNet is now receiving proposals for papers to be presented during the event in João Pessoa. The scope of the contributions is not limited to any field of study or topic as long as it is relevant for global Internet Governance. Therefore, authors are invited to submit abstracts on a broad spectrum of Internet Governance topics that include, but are not restricted to: 

  • 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


Submission requirements

Abstracts should consist of 800-1000 words and describe the main research goals and the methodological background of the paper. Proposals can be submitted in English, Portuguese or Spanish language. Applicants should also hand in a one page cv or submit a link to an online cv including academic background, institutional affiliation and a list of relevant publications. GigaNet encourages young and emerging scholars to submit their proposals. All documents must be uploaded until 15 April 2015 to:

Selection Process and Participation

GigaNet will select abstracts and inform the authors until mid-May 2015. Final papers can be written and presented in English, Portuguese or Spanish and need to be handed in by 15 September 2015.  Selected authors who do not submit their complete papers until this date will be removed from the program. Participation in the GigaNet symposium is free of charge.


15 April 2015: deadline for submission of proposals and cv

15 May 2015: GigaNet informs selected authors by email

15 September 2015: deadline for submission of complete papers

09 November 2015: GigaNet symposium in João Pessoa, Brazil


More information

Further details on the event can be found on GigaNet’s website:

Queries can be send to the Program Committee Chair: