Internet Governance

The Emerging Language of Internet Diplomacy

Quote of IGF 2012: “By analyzing what is said, you can discover what is unsaid” – Jovan Kurbalija, Director, DiploFoundation

How did the use of the most important Internet governance concepts  evolve in the IGF’s language from the first IGF in 2006 to the sixth meeting in Nairobi in 2011? What word was most frequently at the IGF meetings to date? Who has been more talkative: men or women? Which countries were the most talkative? What does multistakeholderism look like through the IGF’s language?

The answers to these and many other questions were discussed during the session on The Emerging Language of Internet Diplomacy. This research project was made possible by verbatim reporting from the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) which provides a written record of discussions at the meetings from 2006 to 2011. It is a unique data reservoir for research on Internet diplomacy, linguistics, and cognitive science. The research team presented the first results of the language used at on November 9 at the 2012 IGF in Baku.

graph depicting word frequencygraph depicting number of words contributed by gender

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