[CITASA] Call for papers of the Internet Policy Review Special issue on 'Doing internet governance: practices, controversies, infrastructures, and institutions¹

Becky Lentz roberta.lentz at mcgill.ca
Thu Jan 14 12:06:01 EST 2016

Special issue on 'Doing internet governance: practices, controversies,
infrastructures, and institutions¹

Call for papers of the Internet Policy Review

TOPIC & RELEVANCEInternet governance is gaining attention in the
post-Snowden era, which increased distrust of formal government
institutions and their Œdangerous liaisons¹ with the private sector.
User-driven, technology-embedded, decentralised approaches keep on seeing
the light: in contracts, currency, privacy protection, just to name a few.
Politics and traditional purveyors of authority negotiate ways of
readjusting to the changing environment. Thus, investigating the
³ordering² (Flyverbom, 2011) and governing processes as they relate to the
network of networks is both timely and important.

Traditionally, when talking about Internet Governance researchers and
practitioners refer to the new organisations and institutions that have
been explicitly established to regulate, discuss, and negotiate issues of
internet governance (e.g. ICANN, WSIS, IGF). Recently, authors have
criticised this institutional focus, arguing the need for a more
comprehensive conceptualisation of internet governance (DeNardis, 2012;
Eeten/Mueller, 2013; Musiani, 2014; Hofmann et al., 2014). Among these
recent developments, a small set of publications has drawn on perspectives
from Science and Technology Studies (STS) to rethink and substantiate
questions of ordering and governing the net. These contributions highlight
the day-to-day, mundane practices that constitute internet governance,
take into account the plurality and ŒŒnetworkedness¹¹ of devices and
arrangements involved, and investigate the invisibility, pervasiveness,
and apparent agency of the digital infrastructure itself (Musiani, 2014).
Internet governance, in this view, is not only negotiated in dedicated
institutions; the doing of internet governance more broadly consists in
practices and controversies of the design, regulation, and use of material
infrastructures. In this way, STS-informed perspectives are increasingly
instrumental for challenging and expanding our understanding and for
informing our examination of ordering and governing processes in the
digital realm.

SCOPE OF THE SPECIAL ISSUEThis special issue seeks to nurture this nascent
interest by pioneering a conversation on the governance of digitally
networked environments from an STS-informed perspective and, more broadly,
from perspectives that highlight the role of design, infrastructures, and
informal communities of practice in governance.
First, this issue will touch upon how the norms shaping the provision,
design and usage of the internet are negotiated, de- and re-stabilised,
and subject to controversies. Second, it will open up new, STS-informed
perspectives on digital uses and practices, delving into the variety of
ways in which they may be an integral part of today¹s internet governance
-- not only because such practices reflect belonging and commitment to a
community, but because they allow issues of sovereignty, autonomy and
liberty to come into play. Finally, expanding the notion of governance in
internet governance through the conceptual tool-set of STS may open this
field to meaningful contributions from scholars studying constitutional
aspects of technology design and use, which are typically excluded from
traditional internet governance literature.

FOCUS OF THE PAPERSWe invite papers that share a strong conceptual
interest in understanding processes of ordering and governing the internet
as a core infrastructure of our daily lives. More focused paper topics may
include, but in no way are limited to, the following:

* Internet governance theory: how can STS inform theoretical perspectives
on internet governance?

* Controversies: how do socio-technical internet-related controversies
reveal tensions and critical junctures of internet politics?

* Privatisation: what are the practices of internet governance
privatisation? What does it mean for the internet as a socio-technical

* Unintended consequences: what are the examples of unintended
consequences of technology regulation and design that affect the openness,
security, and stability of the internet?

* Re-intermediation and delegation: what are the forms of
re-intermediation of the ³decentralised² system that is the internet? How
can we study them?

* Participatory governance: how can STS help unpack the practices of
³multistakeholderism² and their potential effects (or lack thereof)?

* Infrastructures and architectures as governance arrangements: how can
STS-informed approaches help us unveil the power and control structures
embedded in internet architecture?

Submissions must be in clearly-written English. The Internet Policy Review
is an open access, short-form journal. Full papers are requested to be
around 30,000 characters (5,000 words) in length, to encourage concise and
parsimonious discussion of core issues.

* Dmitry Epstein, Department of Communication, University of Illinois at
Chicago (dmitry at uic.edu)
* Christian Katzenbach, Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and
Society (katzenbach at hiig.de)
* Francesca Musiani, Institute for Communication Sciences,
CNRS/Paris-Sorbonne/UPMC; Internet Policy Review academic editor
(francesca.musiani at cnrs.fr)

IMPORTANT DATES12 November 2015: Release of the Call for papers
25 January 2016: Deadline for expression of interest and abstract
submissions (500 word abstracts) via the form on the IPR website.

15 February: Feedback / Invitation to submit full text submissions
25 April: Full text submissions deadline. All details on text submissions
can be found under: http://policyreview.info/authors
13 June: Comprehensive peer review and feedback
11 July: Re-submission deadline
5 September: Publication of the special issue

Francesca Musiani (ph.d.)

Assistant research professor (chargée de recherche), CNRS, ISCC
Associate researcher, i3, CSI <http://www.csi.ensmp.fr/>, MINES ParisTech

co-chair, ESN-IAMCR <http://iamcr.org/s-wg/cctmc/esn>

academic editor, @PolicyR <http://policyreview.info/>

on the web <http://www.csi.mines-paristech.fr/People/musiani/> | on
twitter <https://twitter.com/franmusiani>

Becky Lentz, PhD
Associate Professor of Communication Studies
Department of Art History/Communication Studies
McGill University
853 Sherbrooke Street West, Arts Building, W-265
Montreal, QC, Canada H3A 0G5
Phone 514.398.4995
Fax 514.398.8557
Email: becky.lentz at mcgill.ca

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