The High Politics of Internet Governance, October 30, 2015, Columbia University SIPA

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On December 15-16 in New York, the United Nations is convening a General Assembly High-Level Meeting to review the goals of the World Summit on the Information Society after a decade (WSIS+10) and to craft a future vision for the information society. Input from various stakeholders has raised questions about the future of the Internet and who will run it. This Columbia SIPA panel will explain the implications of this dialogue for Internet sustainability, security, and freedom, and how this high-level discussion connects to the planned transition of U.S. oversight in Internet governance.

This panel is being convened to discuss:

• Challenges in Internet governance due to changes in the Internet over the past decade, particularly the changing role of the United States;

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The Inaugural Vinton Gray Cerf Internet Program at the Cosmos Club, DC – October 3, 2015

IMG_0510Dr. Laura DeNardis and Vinton Cerf, vice president and the Chief Internet Evangelist for Google, participated in an interesting panel at the Washington, DC, Cosmos Club. The panel, titled Understanding the Technology of the Internet – What is Internet? drew full house and stimulated a strong Q&A session. While Vint Cerf laid out the basic technology of the internet, i.e. packet switching, layering, TCP/IP, real-time (UDP), the World Wide Web, discussed cloud computing and provided a short chronology of the Internet’s development, Laura DeNardis explained social and economic impacts of the technology of the Internet, its domestic and foreign developments and trends, and both hazards and benefits to industry and the general public.

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September 2015 GCIG Bangalore Meeting

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As the director of research for the Global Commission on Internet Governance, Dr. Laura DeNardis is in Bangalore, India, this week. The meetings held over three days focus on creating agenda for how to best explain sustainable cyberspace and the fact that it directly impacts economic growth in every nation.  The Global Commission on Internet Governance will work to assemble a multi stakeholder narrative that describes the importance of the Internet, the underlying technologies and how it enables our way of life. The invitation-only event is attended by other commissioners: Carl Bildt, Gordon Smith, Fen Osler Hampson, Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi, Michael Chertoff, Dame Wendy Hall, and Tobby Simon.

The European Consortium for Political Reasearch 2015 General Conference, August 26 – 29, 2015

Panelists (left to right): Nanette Levinson, Sarah Myers, Jeanette Hofman, Meryem Marzouki, Samantha Bradshaw and Laura DeNardis.
Panelists (left to right): Nanette Levinson, Sarah Myers, Jeanette Hofman, Meryem Marzouki, Samantha Bradshaw and Laura DeNardis.

The European Consortium for Political Research 2015 General Conference took place in Montreal between 26th and 29th of August. Over the last weekend, Dr. DeNardis (American University School of Communication) and Dr. Levinson (American University School of International Service) participated in the Global Internet Governance Trajectory: Actors and States of Play panel. Dr. Levinson co-chaired the panel alongside Meryem Marzouki of Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and presented her paper IOs and the Technical Communities in The Internet Governance Institutional Complex: Strategies and Perspectives (co-authored by Meryem Marzouki). Dr. DeNardis presented her paper co-authored with Samantha Bradshaw (Centre for International Governance Innovation) The Politicisation of the Internet’s Domain Name System – Implications for  Internet Security, Universality and FreedomRead More »

New Paper: Internet Architecture as Proxy for State Power

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Internet Freedom in the Age of Internet Control 

The Internet is no longer just a communication system. It is also a control system in which more objects than people are connected to the network. Society is moving from a world in which content is digitally mediated to one in which all of life is digitally mediated. Beneath content, the Internet’s physical and logical infrastructure is the technical scaffolding holding up basic systems of finance, commerce, transportation, industrial control systems, and surveillance technologies, as well as social interactions and access to knowledge.

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