CfP: Network Building Track - March 26, 2021

On the final day of the conference, we will discuss how best to structure and grow a platform governance research network that promotes global inclusion and diversity. Digital and human rights organizations have long conducted research and advocacy; yet those conversations too often occur in spaces siloed from scholarly discussions. How could a new research network explicitly seek to remedy these issues? What are the possibilities of a stronger connection between scholarship and civil society (re: research and advocacy) on platform governance? We will host a set of conversations about how to create a robust network with staying power, how it should be organized and governed, as well as how this network could best serve the community.

You do not need to prepare anything to participate in this day. We only ask that you register by filling out a community survey. Your responses will help us organize and structure the discussion for the forward- looking and community building component of the conference.

If you are interested in being part of and shaping the network going forward, we invite you to attend this third day of sessions. We welcome adding more individual and institutional partners and are actively working to include them in the planning of this network and conference. For more details on the research portion of the conference, visit this page. We welcome participation in both the research and network building tracks of the conference, though you can also participate in just one, if that works better for you.

Submission and Participation Information:

This conference is open to all interested researchers and members of civil society and has no registration fee. We ask all prospective attendees to fill out our online participation and registration form. Do note that abstracts are required for presenting in the research track of the conference, but only completing the survey is required to participate in the network building track.

Please contact with any questions.

Key Dates:

Conference Program Announced: March 8, 2021

Network Building Portion of the Conference: March 26, 2021 (Half-Days, exact timing TBA). We are planning to ensure that we accommodate as many time zones as possible.


Research Track Network Building Track
Sana Ahmad Deepti Bharthur
Robert Gorwa Pranav Bidare
Tomiwa Ilori Robyn Caplan
Clara Iglesias Keller Grace Githaiga
Daniel Kreiss Anita Gurumurthy
João Magalhães Ivar Hartmann
Shannon McGregor Amélie Heldt
Eugenia Mitchelstein Ashnah Kalemera
Sonja Solomun Christian Katzenbach
Marcelo Thomson Dia Kayyali
Kinfe Yilma Taylor Owen
Heidi Tworek
Stacy Wood

Collaborating Institutions

Center for Critical Internet Inquiry, University of California, Los Angeles
Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life (CITAP), University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Center for Technology and Society (CTS), FGV School of Law, Rio de Janeiro
Center for the Study of Media and Society (MESO), Buenos Aires
Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), Waterloo
Centre for Internet and Society (CIS), Bengaluru
Centre for Media, Technology, and Democracy (MTD), McGill University, Montreal
Collaboration on International ICT Policy in East and Southern Africa (CIPESA), Kampala
Data and Society Research Institute, New York
Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG), Berlin
IT For Change, Bengaluru
Kenya ICT Action Network (KICTANET), Nairobi
Law and Technology Centre, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Leibniz-Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institut, Hamburg
Mnemonic, Berlin