NoC Events Series on the Future of Internet Governance: The Evolution of the Internet Governance Ecosytem


Host: Nexa Center for Internet & Society at Politecnico di Torino

Torino, Italy | October 1-2, 2014

Agenda and Conference Notes

On October 2, 2014 the Global Network of Interdisciplinary Internet & Society Research Centers hosted an academic symposium on “The Evolution of the Internet Governance Ecosystem” as part of an ongoing Network of Centers (NoC) events series on the future of Internet governance. The event marked an important milestone in the NoC’s globally coordinated research effort aimed at examining existing and potential models of distributed and collaborative governance with the goal of informing the evolution of - and current debate around - the Internet governance ecosystem in light of the NETmundial Roadmap and the work of various forums, panels, and committees.

The public conference was held to discuss both research in progress and, more broadly, the role of academia in the debate about the next generation Internet governance ecosystem. Participants presented findings from case studies, discussed the overarching themes, and identified directions for future research.

The symposium served as the conclusion of the first phase of a global, collaborative Internet governance research effort within the NoC and was also intended as an initial contribution to the NETmundial Initiative -- a partnership between the World Economic Forum, ICANN, and key governmental, industry, academic, and civil society stakeholders. In addition, the event marked the two-year anniversary of NoC’s operation. At this point, in accordance with the NoC’s foundational principles, the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) handed over the administrative leadership of the Network to the Nexa Center for Internet & Society.

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