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Following the successful completion of the pilot phase of The Emerging Language of Internet Diplomacy, covering IGF meetings from 2006 till 2011, the project team continued to database transcripts, mapping each intervention according to stakeholder, country of origin, session and other categorisation parameters. The team ran its first content analyses, which was presented at the IGF in Baku in November 2012. Since then, data-mining analysis has been carried out during subsequent IGF meetings, including the 2014 meeting in Istanbul, and the NETmundial meeting held in March 2014.

The team is now preparing a full research project and a research consortium. If your institution is interested in joining the consortium or supporting this research project, please let us know.

Based on the pilot project, we have identified the following areas for future research:

Cognitive science and linguistics

  • Communication patterns in interventions of different professional and regional communities
  • Geo-emotions in regions and countries (emotional framing of Internet governance issues)
  • The interplay between verbal communication and reporting in social media
  • Framing arguments and using metaphors in the persuasion process
  • The evolution of language in the period covered (2006–2011), including topics covered and type of terminology used (e.g. the disappearance of the term spam from Internet governance language)
  • Mapping of discussions and structural priming in IGF conversation (setting the stage and the borders of discussion)
  • A preliminary study of the power of the unsaid in IGF communication
  • The  readability of Internet governance speeches (how understandable are they to the general public)
  • An analysis of politeness (e.g. frequency, different cultural approaches to politeness)

Diplomatic and governance studies

  • Temporal aspects of the Internet governance process (the evolution of concepts and arguments)
  • An interplay between global and local perspectives
  • An interplay between the Internet governance  debate and major technological developments (e.g. the emergence of social media)
  • Frequency of remote participation interventions
  • Analysis of the most debated issues (number of replies)

See more: scope of the pilot research project l partnerships and support

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