About the project

The Emerging Language of Internet Diplomacy is a research project on  on the reference frameworks, concepts and approaches, terminology, and patterns of communication used in the Internet Governance Fourm (IGF).

The research project is made possible by verbatim reporting from the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) 2006-2011. Most IGF speeches and debates are transcribed simultaneously by specialised stenographers and immediately displayed on a large screen in the conference room, as well as via the Internet. Transcripts are also stored and available for download on the IGF website.

All available transcripts from the Main Sessions, MAG meetings, Preparatory Events, and Workshops have been collated into a single text corpus – a database of linguistic utterances indexed by speaker, country, stakeholder, gender, session, topic, etc. – and submitted to a set of standard quantitative language analyses.

Over the last four months, the project team has databased the transcripts, mapping each intervention according to stakeholder, country of origin, session, and other categorisation parameters. The project aws presented at the IGF 2012 in Baku.

After the successful completion of the pilot project, we are preparing the full research project. Please let us know if you are interested to support or/and join the project.