Adaptive Internet Governance: Innovation in the Ecosystem

Speaker : Nanette S. Levinson
American Univserity Washington D.C.
Date: 27/11/2013
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: LINCS Meeting Room 40


Abstract: The years following the United Nation's World Summit on the
Information Society (WSIS) have seen much technological change related
to the Internet as well as significant innovation related to the
discussion of Internet policy issues. Reporting on an institutional
innovation in the Internet governance ecosystem, the research to be
discussed examines the approximately eight-year-old Internet
Governance Forum, highlights the growing roles of civil society
including academics and technical experts, and tracks especially
recent tensions among ecosystem actors. It also highlights the
ecosystem's evolution and the roles of Multistakeholderism. Finally,
it analyzes recent developments and identifies future directions.
Biography: Nanette S. Levinson is Associate Professor of International
Relations, School of International Service, American University and
Academic Director of the SIS- Sciences-Po Exchange. She is a past
Chair of the Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet) and
Editor of the International Communication Section in Robert Denemark,
Editor,The International Studies Compendium Project. Oxford:
Wiley-Blackwell. From 1988-2005 she served as Associate Dean of the
School of International Service.Recipient of awards including those
for outstanding teaching, program development, academic affairs
administration, multicultural affairs and honors programming, she has
designed co-curricular collaborative learning opportunities including
the Freshman Service Experience and the Graduate Portal Program.
Additionally, she has crafted and implemented research-based training
programs for the private and public sectors. In 2011, the Ashoka
Foundation presented her with an "Award for Outstanding Contributions
to Social Entrepreneurship Education" and included her peer-reviewed
syllabus in its list and publication of the top ten syllabi in the
field. Her research and teaching focus on knowledge transfer, culture,
and innovation in a range of settings including cross-national
alliances; internet and global governance; cross-national, virtual
collaboration; and social entrepreneurship. Also included is work
centering on interorganizational learning and institutional change
with special focus on new media and technology policy issues in the
developing world. Prof. Levinson's writings appear online and in
journals ranging from Information Technologies and International
Development to International Studies Perspectives. She received her
bachelor's, masters and doctoral degrees from Harvard University.