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Building the Internet Policy Research Community: Bridging Divides and Fostering Collaboration for Impact


March 6, 2017-March 10, 2017
Internet Freedom Festival – Las Naves
Valencia, ValenciaSpain
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This event builds on two previous events hosted by the Internet Policy Observatory at the University of Pennsylvania, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Ranking Digital Rights to evaluate the role of research in internet policymaking. These events aimed to bridge the gaps that exist between research and practitioner communities in Internet Governance spaces as well as across academic disciplines. This workshop will seek to foster interaction between a diverse range of stakeholders (academics, researchers, hacktivists, civil society groups, policymakers) involved in conducting internet policy-related research or interested in better utilizing research and data for digital rights advocacy and policymaking efforts. The beginning of the workshop will offer time for civil society and advocacy groups to engage in ‘speed dating’ with researchers and academics, allowing these groups to network and discuss their experiences, methodological preferences, data and research needs, current projects and advocacy efforts, and impulses for cooperation and partnerships. Following this session, facilitators will work with participants to identify important sub-topics and issue areas (such as privacy, free expression, access, etc) for smaller groups to work together to come up with synergetic research agendas, to troubleshoot existing challenges in engaging in specific collaborative projects, and to catalyze dialogue between research and civil society communities. Information will be given on tools and datasets that are useful for internet policy-related research as well as future trainings and workshops developed by the Internet Policy Observatory to build research capacity in the internet freedom community.