Network of Excellence in Internet Science

From Mantra to Metrics: Measuring Multi-Stakeholderism (JRA4/JRA6/SEA2 workshop)

Technical standards, law-making, and other governance instruments and metrics for a measurable impact of multi-stakeholderism

IGF Conference 2013

Monday 21 October 2013, 16.00 – 18.00, Room 6 Uluwatu 7

The mantra of “multi-stakeholder participation” is often repeated, but is so far little measured or assessed. Why is multi-stakeholder participation a better approach to Internet governance? Can we measure or assess the effects it has in the normative standards discussion and adoption, from technical standards to law-making processes, including non-binding instruments, behavioural usages and other kind of regulations governing online actions of Internet users?

Measurement and assessment of the impact of multi-stakeholder participation is vital to the future integration of the model into ‘hard’ standard setting, ‘soft’ political governance and law-making discussions.

This workshop, organised by members of the European Internet Science Network of Excellence (EINS FP7 Consortium) will examine scientific frameworks for measuring that impact and assessing its outcome, with emphasis on technical and legal regulation bodies such as:

  • ICANN and the management of gTLDs
  • IETF and the creation of privacy-enhancing standards
  • ITU and the making of standards for cyber security and network management
  • Intergovernmental Organizations (OECD, CoE) and Internet Governance Principles, Frameworks and soft law instruments
  • Regional and National Internet regulation and policy making
  • Global, Regional and National Internet Governance dialogues (WSIS, IGFs)

The workshop will be split into two panels, exploring these two dimensions and how they are intertwining:

  • Multi-stakeholder participation in law making (discussion moderated by Meryem Marzouki, CNRS & UPMC Sorbonne Universités)
  • Multi-stakeholder participation in technical standard setting (discussion moderated by Chris Marsden, Sussex University)

The workshop will conclude with international academic panellists who are experts in the Internet science approach to assessing and measuring network influence, both within Internet standards and regulation, and more broadly within human and other network types.

Speakers

Panel on multi-stakeholder participation in technical standard setting:

(Discussion moderated by Chris Marsden, Sussex University)

Panel on multi-stakeholder participation in law making:

(Discussion moderated by Meryem Marzouki, CNRS & UPMC Sorbonne Universités)

Agenda

Introduction of panels Alison Powell, presentation on methods Panel on multi-stakeholder participation in law making Panel on multi-stakeholder participation in technical standard setting Tamas David-Barrett presentation Conclusion by Chris Marsden and Meryem Marzouki
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Remote Participation

To participate in the discussion and ask questions to the panellists, please use twitter hashtags #IGF2013 and #EINS

Download the invitation to the IGF Workshop

Post-conference

For an account of the 2013 IGF Conference, please read Ben Zevenbergen's write-up.

And watch the video of the 'Mantra to Metrics' workshop below!