The Emergence of Governance in Global Cyberspace
The Center for International Education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is pleased to announce
Command Lines: The Emergence of Governance in Global Cyberspace
a colloquium at the Hefter Conference Center, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, April 29-30, 2005, organized by Sandra Braman (communication) and Thomas Malaby (anthropology).
The transfer of many realms of social life to the global domain of cyberspace presents numerous challenges to formal governance through law and law-making while increasing the relative importance of other approaches to "the conduct of conduct." While governments struggle to develop and apply laws to cyberspace, the producers of the internet (its users and programmers) create their own parameters, norms, practices, and rules that control life online. Experience within cyberspace, whether building a virtual world, making or participating in games, or learning how to communicate congenially and productively in a listserv, is becoming the most important training in political life for many. Governance systems being developed within cyberspace in turn are providing models for, or interact with, the laws of governments. This colloquium will examine the diverse ways in which governance is developing within cyberspace and the effects of such approaches to governance in the off-line world. Sessions will cover the entire range of types of governance mechanisms, from the formal laws of government through the formal and informal governance mechanisms of both state and non-state actors to the cultural practices of governmentality that sustain and enable both governance and government.
Participants and Contributions:
"Why Governments aren't Gods and Gods aren't Governments"
"Playing Politics: Videogames for Politics, ACtivism, and Advocacy"
"From Governance to Government to Governmentality: The Regulatory Roles
Cyberspace in the Post-Law Era"
"The Social Question: Games for People Left Behind"
"User Design and the Democratization of the Mobile Phone"
"How Machines Govern"
"Pew Survey Research Findings Related to Internet Governance"
"Code, Everyday Life, and Mundane Governance"
"System Architecture, Geography, and Global Internet Governance"
"Inter-Media Dynamics and Reality Television in the Arab Region"
"The Jurisdiction of Play"
"More, Faster, Better?"
"Coding Control: Ethics and Contingency in the Production of Online
"Values at Play: Method and Application"
"Digital Art/Public Art: The Networked Commons"
"Command Tones: Acoustic Space and the Ordering of Motion"
"Beyond Management: Participatory Governance in Emergent Player Culture"
Facilitator: Dangling Thoughts Discussion
"Digital Politics, Responsive Governance, and Cyber Freedoms Meet
Authoritarianism in the Arab World: Results still Emerging"
"Guest Work: The Use of the 'Other' in Producing Rules and Identity Norms
"Networks of Power, Links of Resistance: How Online-Offline Connections
Challenge Internet Control in China"
free and open to the public
For more information, contact:
Sandra Braman (firstname.lastname@example.org) or
Thomas Malaby (email@example.com)