This workshop aims to showcase the broad range of research methods used by Internet governance scholars from all disciplines to study these standard-setting bodies, such as the IETF, IEEE, W3C, WHATWG, 3GPP, ITU-T, ITU-R.

It is also open to the study of "de-facto standardisation" that takes place outside of formal organisations and processes (Musiani and Ermoshina, 2017).

The workshop aims to provide an opportunity for scholars and researchers to:

  • Explore and perhaps discover qualitative and quantitative methods applicable to standard setting for information networks
  • Discuss the feasibility of applying specific methods
  • Improve the understanding of specific methods
  • Identify new and existing data sources
  • Share open research questions and work-in-progress on methods
  • Receive feedback to improve the methods.

We will cover the following topics during the workshop:

  • Mixed Methods
  • Lessons from studying non-Internet standard-setting bodies
  • How to acquire data (standards, patents, conversations, outcome documents)
  • Network analysis
  • Computational methods
  • Discourse analysis
  • Ethnography


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