About the project

The Emerging Language of Internet Diplomacy is a research project on the reference frameworks, concepts and approaches, terminology, and patterns of communication used in the Internet Governance Fourm (IGF). The pilot project covered IGF meetings from 2006-2011. The project continued with successive IGF meetings, including the NETmundial meeting. The team is now preparing to analyse the IGF 2016 transcripts and debates. Follow the links on the right for the findings from the pilot project, and the latest research.

The analysis was also expanded to the Internet governance in online media. Through a new application, the IG Barometer of Online Media reflects the status of the digital policy debate as represented in the media. Every month, the barometer processes thousands of texts to determine the relevance, relationships between one issue and another, and other data related to each of the 40 digital policy issues represented on the GIP Digital Watch observatory.

The research project on the language used during IGF meetings is made possible through the availability of verbatim reporting. 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.

Following the successful completion of the pilot project, the project team continued to database the transcripts, mapping each intervention according to stakeholder, country of origin, session, and other categorisation parameters.

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