Power and Authority in Internet Governance: What Role for the State?

20th Käte Hamburger Dialogue

Wednesday, 8th September 2021 (17:30, CEST) | Online Event via Zoom – Access will be provided after registration for the event.

The worldwide push for greater state involvement in internet regulation has generated renewed interest in the question of the proper role of the state in today’s digital society: Is the state 'back' in internet regulation? If so, what forms is state involvement taking, and with what consequences for the future? What challenges does state regulation pose to democratic values? Should we fear the 'splinternet'?

The recently published GCR21 volume, Power and Authority in Internet Governance: Return of the State? (Routledge, 2021) tackles these questions, pushing the debate beyond a simplistic dichotomy between liberalism and authoritarianism in order to consider also greater state involvement based on values of democracy and human rights. We invite you to join several of the authors from Power and Authority in Internet Governance for a panel discussion addressing these questions. Like the book, the panel will examine the multifaceted nature of internet governance, highlighting challenges and development at the global level, as well as internet governance from the perspective of both authoritarian and democratic states.



17:20 - 17:30

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17:30 - 17:40

Welcoming and introductory remarks:

Blayne Haggart

Associate Professor of Political Science at Brock University

Sigrid Quack

Professor of Sociology and Managing Director of the Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research, UDE

17:40 - 18:30

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Niels ten Oever (author), The Metagovernance of Internet Governance

Ting Luo (co-author), ‘Nine Dragons Run the Water’: Fragmented Internet Governance in China

Jean-Marie Chenou (author), Varieties of Digital Capitalism and the Role of the State in Internet Governance: A View from Latin America

Mauro Santaniello (author), From Governance Denial to State Regulation: A Controvery-Based Typology of Internet Governance Models

Moderation: Blayne Haggart (co-editor)

Discussant: Sigrid Quack

18:30 - 19:00

Q&A with the Audience


Concluding remarks and end of the event


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20th Käte Hamburger Dialogue:
'Power and Authority in Internet Governance: What Role for the State?'

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