Ralf Bendrath on Thu, 19 Feb 2009 20:44:26 +0100 (CET)

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[Nettime-nl] Focus on Internet: "The role of national governments in Internet governance", 12 March in Den Haag

Dear colleagues,

we invite you to the next session of the research seminar "Focus on
Internet", led by Milton Mueller, XS4ALL Chair at the Faculty of
Technology, Policy and Management at TU Delft. Please feel free to also
forward this invitation to anybody who might be interested.

Thursday, 12 March 2009

Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs
Bezuidenhoutseweg 30
Den Haag
Room 0.32

If you want to attend, you have to pre-register with
<secretariaatTM@minez.nl> this time.

The theme for this session is

"The role of national governments in Internet governance"

The Internet is known to be transnational in its content, usage and
logical infrastructure, yet national governments remain the dominant
institution for developing and making public policies. Tensions and
contradictions between the national and transnational have played a  
role in the politics of Internet governance, and in ICANN specifically.

Milton Mueller, a long time observer of and participant in ICANN, will
discuss the strengths and weaknesses of ICANN's Governmental Advisory
Committee and assess various alternatives for changing the role of
national states in ICANN and the Internet Governance Forum (IGF). This
discussion will be situated in the context of the outcome of the World
Summit on the Information Society and its attempt to delineate specific
"roles" for governmental, business and civil society stakeholders.

Dr. Mueller will be drawing on material from his forthcoming book
"Networks and States: The Global Politics of Internet Governance."

Others involved in similar areas are invited to also discuss their work
and bring their ideas, either on the substance and politics of the  
or on research methodologies and theoretical approaches.

Best regards,

Ralf Bendrath

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