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2.2 Social Perspective

Part 1: Political Science Perspective

Class Outline:

  - Definition of "Internet governance" among political science community
  - Contents of the first lectures given at "Internet governance and political science"
  - Advice from the political science community to Internet governance practicioners
  - May cover the following topics additionally;
              Global politics - international relations
              Regime theory

Class Description by Jim Foster

Lecture Pool: Jim Foster
Additional Candidate Lecturers: hans klein, nazli choucri,  jovan kurbalija

    Asia Pacific Institute for the Digital Economy,
    Nazli Choucri, Cyberpolitics in International Relations, MIT Press, 2012.
    Nazli Choucri and David Clark, Who controls cyberspace?, Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, Sage, 2013.
     Jim Foster, APRU Summer Seminar Report – APIDE, 2015.
    Jim Foster, APRU Spring Seminar Report, 2016.
    Jim Foster, Bio, 2016.
    Yuval Noah Harari, A brief history of tomorrow, 2015.
    Yuval Noah Harari, Nationalism and globalism, TEDdialogue, 2017. 
    S Krasner, International Regime, Cornell University Press, 1983.
    Jovan Kurbalija, Introduction to Internet Governance, Diplo Foundation, 2014 (6th edition)
    Milton Mueller, Networks and States - Global Politics of Internet Governance, 2010.
    Joseph Nye, Nuclear Lessons for Cyber Security, Strategic Studies Quarterly, Winter 2011.
    Joseph Nye, The Regime Complex for Managing Global Cyber Activities, GCIG, May 20, 2014,

Part 2: Social Science Perspective

Social Science Perspective is views on Internet governance from social science such as sociology, philosophy, anthropology, psychology, science and technology studies, and communication.

Class Outline 
   What is the definition of Internet governance in social sciences?
   What is covered in the first introductory lectures of a typical class on "Internet governance and social science?
   What does social scientist recommend Internet governance practitioners to know on social science including society, culture and person?

Class Description (by Suyoung Yang)

   Humanities and Social Science Perspectives on Internet Governance

Over the last several decades, the Internet has rapidly permeated every aspect of life. The Internet has increasingly mediated social events, meanings, and human subjects, which is closely related to Internet user communities and cultures. Have Internet user communities actually had as much influence on Internet governance as they have been in other aspects of the Internet? More importantly, why is it imperative for user communities to participate in Internet governance? To help ourselves answer these questions, this lecture explores the meaning of user communities and cultures in the Internet universe and the implications of their participation in Internet governance from the humanities and social science perspectives. The notions of cosmopolitics and democracy will particularly play a role of conceptual tools to address important issues such as class, gender, geographical region, and the digital divide. This lecture will use real-world cases: Internet cultural trends by anonymous message boards; political movements from civilian demonstrations for democratization to the emergence of extreme right-wing movements claiming to advocate freedom of speech all bolstered by the Internet; new lifestyles endorsed by self-branding Internet celebrities. Case studies from anthropology, sociology, media studies, and cultural studies will be used as reading materials. 

Class Description (by Yeong-Eum Lee)

    Various fields in social science are increasingly utilizing the concept of governance to understand the workings of topics such as politics, business                practices, and communication. The Social Perspective will attempt to develop a comprehensive view of Internet governance by examining how the                concept is applied in various areas. We will first examine the development of the definition of governance that are deemed to be important and conduct         an overview of how the concept is applied in various topical areas. Such incorporation of diverse topics will result in a wider understanding of the                 relationship between Internet governance and society. 

        -   The development and definition of Internet governance in the social sciences
        -   The concept of governance that is used to understand social phenomena?
        -   Consequences of employing the concept of Internet governance
        -   Internet governance and society

Lecture Pool:  
Additional Candidate LecturersMilton Mueller, Hans Klein, Ang Peng Hwa, Sunyoung Yang, Yeong-Eum Lee

   Jovan Kurvaijila, Bio,
   Jovan Kurvajila, Looking back to see ahead: Chinese Philosophy and the Interneet, 2016.
   Weishan Miao and Peng Hwa Ang, Internet governance: from the global to the local, 2016.
   Yeong-Eum Lee, Internet Governance in Korea, 2013.
  Sunyoung Yang, Bio, 2018.