Internet Governance in the Global South

Call for chapter proposals

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The NUPRI Research Group at the University of São Paulo (USP) is accepting chapter proposals for the upcoming publication on Internet Governance in the Global South.

For more than 25 years, NUPRI has developed research activities on several aspects of International Relations, Economic Development, Security Studies and International Cooperation. More information on NUPRI is available on its website http://www.usp.br/nupri/.

 

Introduction

Internet Governance research is a matter of global importance. It embraces an increasing number of key aspects, academic disciplines, and theoretical approaches. The number of global and local events, publications, and debates surrounding Internet Governance has increased after the WSIS process in 2003/2005. Since then, political, economic and social disparities of the world have also left their mark on the debates surrounding the Internet. Analyzing Internet Governance could, on the one hand, be a technical process of applying research methods to a defined question which at first sight is not bound to geographical specifications. However, it is also part of a social reality and the environment in which research and analysis are conducted. There are tremendous differences mostly defined by the structures of the respective countries and also by the structures and social differences within countries and regions. The disposability of capital and infrastructure can not only influence quantity and quality of research, but it can also contribute to local, regional and global agenda settings.

A very common and also broad approach to characterize the differentiation among certain parts of the world is the categorization in South and North of the planet in which South embraces mostly what was formerly understood as “developing countries” not to mention more degrading terms like “third” or “fourth” world. At the same time, there is a discussion about how to integrate the vast variety of countries and cultures of mostly three continents into one category like the Global South, which comprises remarkable internal differences itself. The Global South as a vast region will be the geographical focus of this publication to discuss Internet Governance from a geographically specific but also diversified point of view. It aims to approach debates on Internet Governance in the Global South and also topics that are specific to many countries in the region like low access rates, basic infrastructure challenges, the lack of a DNS industry, participation in global Internet Governance debates and more.

 

Objectives

The two central objectives of this publication are:

1) to critically discuss Internet Governance from the perspective of the Global South and its specific environments and research agendas and

2) to contribute to the linguistic diversification of Internet Governance literature.

1) The Global South despite being a largely diversified region has certain characteristics in common. The heritage of colonization and/or recent authoritarian forms of government in many of its countries have left a mark on the political, economic and social development that are challenging many countries and their population until today. While some countries have shown tremendous economic success, others are still struggling with basic infrastructure and further daily necessities. Independently of their individual situation, all countries are somehow connected to the Internet, and many are interested in participating in local and global debates on Internet Governance. Some are approaching Internet Governance research within institutional frameworks; others are still lacking the necessary structures that allow them to interact in the same way. This publication aims at discussing topics, challenges, and progress that was made in the Global South since Internet Governance was officially addressed during the WSIS process which comprises a rough time frame of the past 14 years. Using a multidisciplinary approach, the publication aims at addressing topics from any scientific field.

2) The linguistic diversification of Internet Governance literature is of high importance to improve discussions and academic exchange in regions that do not have English as their first or only language. For comprehensible reasons today, a large part of the academic literature on Internet Governance is written in English language limiting access of non-English-speakers in the Global South, mostly to those able to afford private schools or paid language classes which in non-English-speaking countries in the South usually is a small fraction of the population. There also is a large difference between having basic knowledge of a foreign language and de facto using it to access information or to participate in debates. Besides that, universities and public libraries hardly carry any imported literature on Internet Governance. The idea of academia must be to create a dialogue not only among the economically wealthy of a country but also to include those of the majority of the population interested in information on a given subject. Local languages play a crucial role in this context. The lack of Internet Governance literature in diverse languages is not the only but an important obstacle to let academics and others participate in Internet Governance debates.

Being edited in the LAC region, this publication will focus on contributions written in Spanish, Portuguese and English language, hoping that other initiatives will address Internet Governance also in Hindi, Mandarin, Arabic, Bengali, Javanese, Marathi and many other languages. Offering thinkers of different cultural backgrounds a way to participate in Internet Governance debates independently of their languages means increasing the chance of improving research environments all over the world. Creating multilingual environments to discuss Internet Governance means improving the local, regional and as a consequence the global debates.

 

Audience

The audience of this publication are academic researchers, students, journalists, NGOs, governments and any individual interested in Internet Governance.

 

Topics

Authors are free to choose a topic of their interest. The following is a list of suggested topics that would fit into the focus of the publication. Authors can use this list as an orientation or develop a different topic of their choice.

  • Big data, global data streams and economic development in the South
  • Constructivism and public debates on cybersecurity in countries with high violent crime rates
  • Challenges for developing a competitive DNS industry
  • Concentration of wealth and agenda setting/agenda-setting theory in Internet Governance
  • Internet Governance research, research methods and capacity building in and outside of institutions of higher education
  • Local, regional and global participation in Internet Governance debates
  • Affordable broadband Internet access for the masses
  • Technical infrastructure investment and development
  • Privacy and data protection
  • Cryptocurrencies

 

Submission Information

Abstracts are accepted from postgraduate students, PhD candidates, and PhDs from all parts of the world. Outstanding proposals from graduate students and professionals from the field will be considered as well. Proposals (and later final contributions) are accepted in Spanish, Portuguese and English language.

Proposals of 800-1200 words introducing the topic and clearly defining the objective and the structure of the final chapter can be uploaded through this website together with a one-page curriculum of each author that includes academic and other affiliations and experience in the field of Internet Governance (publication list, presentations or other related kinds of activities).

Selected authors are requested to hand in the final version (and later revised versions) of their chapter as a doc file considering the following specifications:

The publication will have an ISBN number and will be distributed under a Creative Commons license. Access will be online and for free.

 

Dates

  • Submission of proposals: 15 June 2017
  • Notification of accepted proposals: 15 July 2017
  • Submission of final chapters: 15 October 2017
  • Notification of accepted final chapters: 15 November 2017
  • Submission of first revision: 15 December 2017
  • Notification of accepted first revision: 15 January 2018
  • Submission of second (final) revision: 15 February 2018

Prof. Dr. Rafael Antonio Duarte Villa
NUPRI Coordinator

Dr. Daniel Oppermann
Editor of publication

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