Citizen Lab Researcher Officers Irene Poetranto and Adam Senft will be participating in workshops at the 2016 Internet Governance Forum (IGF) and the Global Internet Governance Academic Network (Giganet), from December 5-9 in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Giganet is community of scholars that works in conjunction with the Internet Governance Forum. Irene Poetranto and Adam Senft will be presenting their paper titled “Internet governance during crisis: the changing landscape of Thailand” as part of a panel at the 1tth Giganet Annual Symposium on December 5 from 4:00pm – 5:15pm. The panel explores the various ways in which developing countries, emerging economies, and states in political transition have struggled with developments in Internet governance, and the broader relationship between power and access.

The Abstract of their paper is as follows:

This article will explore how Thailand’s ongoing political crisis has impacted the ways in which the Internet is governed in the country. In particular, it will examine how both the 2006 and 2014 coups have been drivers for significant changes to Internet governance in the country, how these changes have been to used to strengthen the post-coup government’s hold on power, and the resulting impact on human rights in the country. Given the overlapping and intersecting sources of authority in Internet governance—be they political, legal, technical or economic—it is important for research to cross disciplinary boundaries to develop a holistic understanding of these issues. Using a mixed-methods approach, we combined legal and policy analyses with network measurements to argue that Thailand is an important case for highlighting how Internet governance is affected by political conflict and its consequences on human rights.

Read the full Giganet paper.

The IGF is a multistakeholder forum which facilitates discussions on public policy issues related to Internet governance, first convened by the United Nations in 2005. The venue is the Palace of Culture and Communication (PALCCO), in the Guadalajara Metropolitan Area. Citizen Lab Researcher and Communications Officer Irene Poetranto will be speaking at a workshop entitled “Where do Internet governance and Cybernorms debates converge?,” organized by the Regional Internet Registry for Asia-Pacific (APNIC). The workshop will explore the previously unexplored intersection of Cybernorms discourse and Internet governance debates, and is scheduled for December 8 from 4:30pm – 6:00pm.

Read more information on the IGF or Giganet.