Communication Law and Policy


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The Communication Law and Policy Division is interested in research and analysis of law, regulation, and policy that deals with information, communication, and culture. Defining policy broadly, the division includes within its purview:  principles that should or do underlie law and regulation, proposals for new law and regulation, and the  programs and institutions through which policy is implemented.    

Every step of the legal process is of interest:  policy implications of the results of research on information, communication, and culture; development of policy proposals; the  nature of policy-making and policy implementation processes; evaluation; effects; and critique.

The division's scope is global, presenting work that focuses on individual nation-states, localities, or regions; comparative studies; and international and global law.  The  Division welcomes work dealing with policy for the medium (the architecture and technologies of the global information infrastructure) as well as the message -- and the  interactions between the two. Since so much decision-making with structural effect now takes place outside of formal legal structures, the Division is also interested in  private sector policy-making.   No theoretical or methodological constraints.


10th GigaNet Annual Symposium

9 November 2015
João Pessoa, Brazil

Call for proposals

Extended abstract submission deadline: 15 April 2015

Full papers due: 15 September 2015

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

Further details on the event can be found on GigaNet's website:
Queries can be send to the Program Committee Chair:



The University of Oxford'??s Programme inComparative Media Law and Policy

(PCMLP) is hosting a major conference on the future of the internet on November 23rd and 24th in Oxford. This event is organized in collaboration with Peking University, Tencent, and Stanford University and will bring together some of the major leaders in the field of internet law and policy to discuss and debate topics such as digital rights, hate speech online, smart cities and Internet governance and development. The conference draws primarily on the strengths of the three universities involved, and their networks, bringing together a unique collection of scholars and students, government officials, corporate executives, and civil society representatives. The goal is to inform research and strengthen the understanding of alternative viewpoints with a focus on the US, Europe and China, as well as global challenges

This is an extraordinary opportunity to debate and discuss the future of the Internet.    The first day of the event (November 23) will be hosted at the Magdalen College Auditorium- registration is free but space is limited.  For more information please visit:


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