Workshop on Internet Policy in Eastern Partnership Countries
March 8, 2016, European University Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder)
How is internet policy developed in countries of the Eastern Partnership? Will shifting geopolitical alliances have an impact on internet policy in Ukraine or Armenia? What is the impact of economic factors on internet policy in those countries? What role does civil society play? On March 8, we will bring together scholars interested in answering those questions.
If you would like to participate in this workshop, please send an email to ue.rhic@tneve with a CV or a short bio. If you are interested in presenting your research, please send a short abstract as well. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Travel support is available for limited number of participants. We will confirm your participation as soon as possible, but not later than February 15, 2016.
This workshop is addressed to all interested students and scholars of international relations, law, sociology, economics and the social sciences more broadly. It is also open to non-academic experts from civil society, think tanks, journalists, etc.
Download CfP as a PDF file (2 pages): click here.
The workshop will be divided into four thematic blocks:
Internet policy in Eastern Partnership: While there might be similarities across the six countries, each of them has a unique landscape of internet policies and distinct process of developing them. How is internet policy actually made in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine?
Keynote: Professor Andrii Paziuk, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv.
Geopolitics and Internet Governance. In global debates about internet policy, the EU has strongly backed the multistakeholder model, while Russia has been one of the strongest supporters of a multilateral model, which emphasises sovereignty of states. Will shifting geopolitical alliances have an impact on internet policy in countries like Armenia or the Ukraine?
Speaker: Dr. Andrea Calderaro, Cardiff University.
Civil Society and Human Rights: NGOs and experts who participate in Internet policy-development are often highly interconnected on the global level. They belong to ‘communities of practice’ serving as mediators of norms and practices between the global and national policy levels. What role does civil society play in embedding human rights in internet policy in Eastern Partnership countries?
Speaker: Tetyana Lokot, University of Maryland.
Digital Economy and Trade: The European Union intends to extend Digital Single Market to the Eastern Partnership, while Russia remains a key investor in the region. At the same time, the influence of multinational corporations is growing. What is the impact of economic factors on internet policy in those countries?
This workshop is organized by the Centre for the Internet and Human Rights in collaboration with the B/ORDERS IN MOTION Centre, both at European University Viadrina. CIHR is a vibrant hub for academic research about technology and society at Viadrina. Our goal is to inform current public and academic debates by producing high-quality research grounded in theory and empirical data.