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Internet Governance. Actors, Technology, Content.

Only recently, the Internet Governance Forum in Istanbul, Turkey dealt with nothing less than the future of Internet Governance. The question of how to globally govern the Internet is one of the most pressing issues within the field of Internet & society. The Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society contributed to this debate by shedding light on Internet Governance from the dimensions of actors, technology and content.



9 October 2014Pre-conference
17:30 – 19:00Thoughts on multi-stakeholderism with wine and cheese
10 October 2014Academic Symposium
09:00 – 10:00Registration
10:00 – 11:00Welcome Address and Keynote
Welcome Address
Wolfgang Schulz, Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society, Germany
A short story on how governance came about
Jeanette Hofmann, Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society, Germany
11:00 – 12:30Session I: Actors
In the first session, we want to examine and discuss the performance of the multi-stakeholder approach. We will particularly focus on the sources of its legitimacy.
Ryan Budish, Berkman Center for Internet & Society, USA
Dmitry Epstein, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
Marianne Franklin, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK
Francesca Musiani, Centre for the Sociology of Innovation, France
12:30 – 13:30Lunch
13:30 – 15:00Session II: Technology
In the second session, we want to focus on conceptions of technology in governance processes, especially the “lost in translation” problem and the widespread use of black-box delegation.
Jan-Philipp Albrecht, Member of the European Parliament, Belgium
Gloria Gonzalez Fuster, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
Seda Gürses, New York University, USA
Björn Scheuermann, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany
15:00 – 15:30Coffee Break
15:30 – 17:00Session III: Content
In the third session, we want to focus on the private actors’ ability to control the production, dissemination, and use of user-generated content.
Leonhard Dobusch, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
Uta Kohl, Aberystwyth University,
UK Niva Elkin-Koren, University of Haifa, Israel
Jillian York, Electronic Frontier Foundation, USA
17:00 – 18:00Concluding Session


Thursday, 09 OctoberHumboldt Institute for Internet and Society Bebelplatz 1, 10117 BerlinFriday, 10 OctoberHumboldt-Universität zu Berlin Unter den Linden 6, Room 2249, 10117 Berlin

Bildschirmfoto 2014-10-07 um 14.20.11

Side Events

The meeting was preceded by Early Stage Researchers Colloquium workshops in the afternoon of Thursday, 9 October, an opportunity for Ph.D. candidates and post-docs to present their work, to pitch new ideas and to discuss new perspectives on current issues of Internet and society. This year’s colloquium consisted of two thematically focused tracks on ‘Pay per pixel’ and ‘Private information – open debates’.

Event date

09.10.2014 - 10.10.2014 ical | gcal


Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin,  Unter den Linden 6,  10117 Berlin


Larissa Wunderlich

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