GIG-ARTS 2019 – The Third European Multidisciplinary Conference on Global 
Internet Governance Actors, Regulations, Transactions and Strategies
16-17 May 2019, Salerno
Europe as a Global Player in Internet Governance

Organised by:
The Internet & Communication Policy Centre / Department of Political, Social 
and Communication Sciences / Università degli Studi di Salerno

Co-Sponsored By:
The Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), The ECPR Standing Group on 
Internet and Politics, The Global Internet Governance Academic Network 
(GigaNet), the IAMCR Communication Policy and Technology Section, The ICA 
Communication Law and Policy Division.

Call for Abstracts - Deadline: 29 October 2018
Although to varying degrees of autonomy, awareness, and effectiveness over time 
and issues, European institutions have been engaged in internet governance and 
policy-making since at least two decades. Both the European Union and Europe as 
a region have generally played a crucial role in shaping the governance of the 
internet, at the global, regional and national levels.

From a geopolitical perspective, the EU has been one of the early actors 
advocating for the internationalisation of the DNS system and, more generally, 
for the enhancement of the multi-stakeholder governance model. From a normative 
point of view, EU institutions as well as Member States have deeply affected 
highly sensitive internet-related issues, such as privacy and data protection, 
digital market competition, consumers' rights, copyright, e-commerce, content 
regulation, the right to be forgotten, etc. On the institutional level, some of 
the most interesting cases of recent constituent policies have emerged from the 
European Union, leading to the establishment of new agencies such as the 
European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) and the European Data 
Protection Board (EDPB). Beyond the EU, some European intergovernmental 
organisations, such as the Council of Europe (CoE), have developed structured 
initiatives to uphold human rights, democracy and the rule of law on internet 
governance issues. Further, a number of European initiatives, such as the 
European Dialogue on internet Governance (EuroDIG) and the Global internet 
Policy Observatory (GIPO), have facilitated the transfer of ideas, knowledge, 
policies and institutional arrangements towards other countries and geographic 
areas. Finally, European NGOs as well as some European internet companies are 
currently advancing alternative visions and values about the internet and its 
governance, enriching the set of internet governance approaches as well as 
available design options.

The third edition of the European Multidisciplinary Conference on Global 
Internet Governance Actors, Regulations, Transactions and Strategies (GIG-ARTS 
2019), will be held exactly twenty years after the entry into force of the 
Amsterdam Treaty and ten years after the Lisbon Treaty, which are milestones in 
the history of the European integration process, preparing the EU for 
enlargement and further deepening of competences, and reinforcing the 
centrality of democratic principles and the protection of fundamental rights as 
the Union's foundation.

After having addressed “Global Internet Governance as a Diplomacy Issue” at its 
first edition held in Paris in 2017, and "Inequalities in Internet Governance" 
at the second edition held in Cardiff in 2018, the 2019 GIG-ARTS conference 
will explore the role of Europe in the global governance of the internet. In 
particular, the conference will focus on challenges and opportunities, as well 
as strengths and weaknesses, of European approaches to internet governance and 

In addition to general internet Governance issues and topics, submissions are 
particularly welcome on the following themes:

-       European institutions and Member States in internet governance;
-       The European approach to the multistakeholder governance model;
-       The role of the European External Action Service in the Global Internet 
Governance ecosystem;
-       Internet governance in the European Neighbourhood Policy;
-       The EU cybersecurity policy;
-       Extraterritorial effects of European internet policies;
-       Internet-related geopolitical challenges for Europe;
-       The EU and internet-related policy transfer;
-       EU internet policies in a comparative perspective;
-       Human rights, democracy and the rule of law in European internet policy 
and instruments;
-       Privacy and data protection after the General Data Protection 
Regulation (GDPR);
-       Global online platforms and EU general policies (labour, taxation, 
-       EU strategies and policies on new technologies (AI, robots, 
-       European good governance values and internet governance;
-       The Digital Single Market and international trade;
-       The EU and the management of critical internet resources;
-       Populist movements and the European internet policy-making;
-       EU values, European internet companies, and internet design.

Submission Information and Publication Opportunities
Authors are invited to submit their extended abstracts (no longer than 500 
words), describing their research question(s), theoretical framework, approach 
and methodology, expected findings or empirical outcome. Submitted abstracts 
will be evaluated through a peer-review process.
Abstracts and authors’ information should be submitted through the Easychair 
conference management system at:
Authors of selected submissions will have the opportunity to submit their full 
manuscript for publication.

Key dates
Deadline for abstract submissions: 29 October 2018
Notification to authors: 10 December 2018
Programme publication: 21 January 2019
Conference dates: 16 & 17 May 2019

GIG-ARTS 2019 Committees
General Chairs
Francesco Amoretti and Mauro Santaniello
Internet & Communication Policy Centre, Department of Political, Social and 
Communication Sciences, University of Salerno, Italy

Scientific Program Committee
- Eric Brousseau (Université Paris Dauphine, France)
- Andrea Calderaro (Cardiff University, United Kingdom)
- George Christou (University of Warwick, United Kingdom)
- William J. Drake (University of Zurich, Switzerland)
- Nanette S. Levinson (American University Washington DC, USA)
- Robin Mansell (London School of Economics, United Kingdom)
- Meryem Marzouki (CNRS and Sorbonne Université, France)
- Teresa Numerico (Università di Roma 3, Italy)
- Claudia Padovani (Università degli Studi di Padova, Italy)
- Elena Pavan (Università di Trento, Italy)
- Lorenzo Pupillo (Centre for European Policy Studies, Belgium)
- Michèle Rioux (Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada)
- Katharine Sarikakis (University of Vienna, Austria)
- Yves Schemeil (Sciences Po Grenoble, France)
- Jan Aart Scholte (University of Gothenburg, Sweden)
- Jamal Shahin (VUB, Belgium & University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
- Michele Sorice (LUISS University, Italy)
- Joris van Hoboken (VUB, Belgium & University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Organizing Committee at University of Salerno
Maria Carmela Catone, Virgilio D'Antonio, Paolo Diana, Domenico Fracchiolla, 
Stefania Leone, Michele Nino, Nicola Palladino, Diana Salzano

The conference will be held at the University of Salerno, on the campus of 

Conference Registration and Fees
Registration fees are 100€ for regular participants and 50€ for students 
showing proof of status. The conference fees include a participant kit as well 
as coffee breaks and meals.

GIG-ARTS 2019 Communication Details
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-       Email for information:<>
-       Submissions:
-       Twitter: @GigArtsEU
-       Hashtag: #GIGARTS19
-       Mailing list for updates:

Andrea Calderaro, PhD
Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor in International Relations
Director Centre for Internet & Global Politics (CIGP)
Department of Politics and International Relations | Cardiff University
Twitter: @andreacalderaro

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