International Professional Fora:

A study of civil society organisation participation in internet governance

International Professional Fora:

A study of civil society organisation participation in internet governance

Project Panel on global activism in internet governance

The project members held a panel at the Political Studies Association (PSA) Annual Conference on 21-23 March 2016 in Brighton, UK. The panel examined civil society activism in internet governance with case studies on internet standards, privacy and data protection, and spectrum. The aim of the panel was to exam civil society organizations’ (CSO) roles as activists in light of increasing stakeholder governance at the transnational level.

Alison Harcourt presented a paper on global activism for standards within SDOs. The paper provided an empirical overview of civil society action in two case studies: DRM4 for HTML5 and HTTP Status Code 451. George Christou presented a paper on issues of privacy and data protection. It focused on civil society action in case studies on Diginotar and Do Not Track. Seamus Simpson and Imir Rashid presented a paper on spectrum regulation. Focus was on analysis of global positions leading up to the 2015 spectrum allocation of the 694–790 MHz band in ITU Region 1 at the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC‑15) in Geneva in November 2015. The panel assessed the role of civil society groups as ‘norms entrepreneurs’ at the global level. Our external steering committee member, David Coen, acted as discussant.

 

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