Internet Governance – Actors, discourses and institutions


As part of POLDI’s agenda, we conduct empirical and theoretical research on Internet Governance, which we understand as the sum of all negotiation and coordination processes concerning the different policy issues related to the global Internet. Our research in the field of Internet Governance focusses in particular on the constellations of actors and discourses and the institutional framework that has developed for global Internet Governance over the last decades. We also engage in critical reflection on the multi-stakeholder approach in Internet Governance processes and on possible alternatives.

Contacts: Prof. Dr. Jeanette Hofmann und Dr. Julia Pohle


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Selected Publications

Pohle, Julia (2018): "The Internet as a Global Good. UNESCOs Attempt to Negotiate an International Framework for Universal Access to Cyberspace". In: International Communication Gazette, Vol. 80, No. 4, S. 354-368. (vorab online publiziert 19.02.2018)
Hofmann, Jeanette (2017): "Constellations of Trust and Distrust in Internet Governance". In: European Commission (Ed.): Trust at Risk:. Implications for EU Policies and Institutions. Brussels: European Commission, S. 85-98.
Hofmann, Jeanette/Katzenbach, Christian/Gollatz, Kirsten (2017): "Between Coordination and Regulation. Finding the Governance in Internet Governance". In: New Media & Society, Vol. 19, No. 9, S. 1406-1423. (vorab online publiziert 31.03.2016)
Hofmann, Jeanette (2016): "Multi-Stakeholderism in Internet Governance. Putting a Fiction into Practice". In: Journal of Cyber Policy, Vol. 1, No. 1, S. 29-49.
Pohle, Julia (2016): "Multistakeholder Governance Processes as Production Sites. Enhanced Cooperation 'in the Making'". In: Internet Policy Review - Journal on Internet Regulation, Vol. 5, No. 3, Special Issue "Doing internet governance: practices, controversies, infrastructures, and institutions" edited by Dmitry Epstein/Christian Katzenbach/Francesca Musiani, S. 1-19.
Gollatz, Kirsten/Herweg, Sarah/Hofmann, Jeanette (2015): "Enquete-Kommission Internet und digitale Gesellschaft/Enquete Commission on Internet and Digital Society. NoC Internet Governance Case Studies Series (Appendix E)". In: Urs Gasser/Ryan Budish/Sarah Myers West (Eds.): Multistakeholders as Governance Groups. Observations from Case Studies. Berkman Center for Internat & Society Research Publication Series, No. 2015-1. Cambridge, MA: Berkman Center for Internet & Society, S. 1-17.
Hofmann, Jeanette (2015): "Internet Governance. Theoretische und empirische Annäherungen an einen schwer fassbaren Gegenstand". In: Journal of Self-Regulation and Regulation, Jg. 1, Special Issue "Wer regiert das Internet? Regulierungsstrukturen und -prozesse im virtuellen Raum", S. 31-45.
Khan, Aasim/Pohle, Julia/Lin, Runhui/Sanhu, Parminder/Oppenheim, Seth/Shin, Taejun (2015): Shared Responsibility. Towards More Inclusive Internet Goverance. GGF 2025 Report. Berlin: Global Governance Futures (GGF).
Pohle, Julia (2015): "UNESCO and INFOethics. Seeking Global Ethical Values in the Information Society". In: Telematics and Informatics, Vol. 32, No. 2, Special Issue "Ethics in the Information Society", S. 381-390.
Pohle, Julia (2015): "Multistakeholderism Unmasked. How the NetMundial Initiative Shifts Battlegrounds in Internet Governance". In: Global Policy - Blog, 05.01.2015.