Global Network of Internet & Society Research Centers

Status: 
ongoing
Period: 
October 2014 - October 2016
Funding: 
40,000 € for the first year
Funding organization: 

Compagnia di San Paolo

Person(s) in charge: 

Juan Carlos De Martin (coordinator), Lorenzo Canova (project manager)

Executive summary: 

Since late 2012, the Nexa Center is amongst the eight founding members of the Global Network of Interdisciplinary Internet & Society Research Centers (NoC). During 2013 and 2014, the Nexa Center has been involved in several NoC activities, as member of the Steering Committee. In October 2014, the Nexa Center took the role of administrative coordinator of the Network, until October 2016. The Nexa Center is playing the role of contact point and facilitator. In particular, building on previous work and achievements, the main objective of the Nexa coordination strategy 2014-2016 is to contribute making the NoC the most relevant Internet & Society research community worldwide both as a group of institutions and as a network of individuals.

Background: 

Since late 2012, the Nexa Center is amongst the eight founding members of the Global Network of Interdisciplinary Internet & Society Research Centers (NoC). The NoC is a collaborative initiative among academic institutions with a focus on interdisciplinary research and a strong attention to the social impact and policy implications of their research agenda. During 2013 and 2014, the Nexa Center has been involved in several NoC activities, as member of the Steering Committee. In particular, the roadmap and guiding principles for the NoC were discussed, with the aim to set up common practices for knowledge exchange amongst the NoC members (such as learning calls, workshops and conference), and joint research threads, focusing on interdisciplinary topics such as the role of online intermediaries, and Internet governance. In October 2014, the Nexa Center took the role of administrative coordinator of the Network, until October 2016.

Objectives: 

Last Update: 2014-12-23

The Nexa Center is playing the role of contact point and facilitator. In particular, building on previous work and achievements, the main objective of the Nexa coordination strategy 2014-2016 is to contribute making the NoC the most relevant Internet & Society research community worldwide both as a group of institutions and as a network of individuals. Several initiatives are foreseen in this respect. Some of them relate with internal management (including the online presence of the NoC), others with the facilitation of research projects, such as the ones on Internet Governance models and on the role of Online Intermediaries (see http://www.networkofcenters.net/research), as well as other special initiatives, such as the public consultation on the Italian Declaration of Internet Rights.

Results: 

Last Update: 2017-2-27; Next Expected Update: none

See the NoC recent updates.

On December 2016, the Nexa Center handed over the activities to the next NoC coordinator, the ITS in Rio de Janeiro.

On November 23, before handing over the activities to ITS Rio, the NoC counted 76 Research Centers (between affiliated and participating centers). A full list of the Centers is available here.

On October 8 , 2016 an Informal meeting of the NoC took place in Berlin in the occasion of the AoIR2016 conference.

For Spring 2016 a series of Hangout Calls on Internet & Society hot topics is planned. For further information please follow this link

During Fall 2015 the Nexa Center organized the Annual Global Meeting of the Network of Centers on "Internet & Society: emerging topics and research communities", that took place in Hong Kong on November 27, 2015. The agenda of the meeting is available here. Contextually, on November 26 the launch of the Digital Asia Hub (Hong Kong ) took place together with the presentation the essay collection "The Good Life in Asia's Digital 21st Century" available for download at this link.

During spring and summer 2015, the Nexa Center improved community building by setting up internal tools allowing matchmaking between participants, based on their expertise and topics of interest. The first results of this activity have been presented in the 2015 NoC annual meeting in Hong Kong.

During 2015 other three NoC regional meetings were held: a Symposium on Human Rights & the Internet in India (New Dehli, 17January), a conference on "Internet policy in Latin America: Between borderless governance and national initiatives" (Buenos Aires, 24 April) and a seminar on "International Regulatory Trends on Personal Data Protection" (Santiagio de Chile, 11 December)

In January 2015, the NoC relesed the results of a globally-coordinated academic research effort on on Multistakeholder Governance Groups, which informs the debate about Internet governance models and mechanisms. The research consists of twelve geographically and topically diverse case studies of governance structures, and a synthesis paper that summarizes key findings across these cases. In February 2016, the NoC collective research project on online intermediaries has been published. Moreover, during 2015, 16 new centers joined the NoC, which gathers 56 participants from all over the world, as of September 2015.

In October 2014, the Nexa Center co-organized a NoC academic symposium on Internet Governance, and took the role of administrative leader of the NoC for the next two years. In its first months in the role, the Nexa Center set up a coordination strategy, and started launching some of the foreseen initiatives, including the online consultation on the Italian draft Declaration of Internet Rights.