Internet Governance Lab faculty fellow Dr. Saif Shahin and doctoral students Olivia Williams and Emily O'Connell examine the network of information flow about GDPR on Twitter and how the influence of particular types of social actors shapes public perceptions of the law and its implications.
In conversation with Shane Harris of the Washington Post.
In conversation with Internet pioneer Vint Cert.
Co-sponsored by the Internet Society and the Internet Governance Lab at American University.
In conversation with UNC Professor Alice Marwick.
In conversation with John Batelle.
Harvard Book Store
Technology Law & Policy Colloquium with Professor Julie Cohen (closed event).
In conversation with Ambassador David Gross (closed event).
Law and Technology Colloquium.
Join the School of International Service’s US Foreign Policy and National Security Program, the Internet Governance Lab, and the Jean Monnet Centre for Excellence for a discussion with Tara Wheeler of the New American Foundation and consumer rights expert Adam Levin on the current problems in cybersecurity, including cyber crime, data breaches, and the erosion of trust in the Internet.
Corinne Cath-Speth is a PhD student at the Oxford Internet Institute and the Alan Turing Institute for data science and AI. She is a cultural anthropologist with a particular interest in Internet governance culture. Her PhD is focused on the advocacy efforts of human rights’ and civil liberties’ NGOs within Internet governance organizations, who are aiming to change computer code instead of legal code.
Her talk entitled “Changing Minds & Machines: Human Rights advocacy and Anthropology in Internet Governance” will present some of her initial findings and place those within the current debate about the "turn to the infrastructure" (Denardis & Musiani 2015; Musiani et al 2016) as well as the role of infrastructural Internet companies — like Cloudflare — in shaping online political debates. Her research is based on four years of online and offline participant observation, 65 interviews with engineers, human rights activists, civil society funders and government representatives, and document analysis.
Her talk will add to existing scholarship that critically examines the impact of Internet governance culture on society, bringing a novel perspective from the Internet’s lower layers by locating recent human rights efforts within it.
The AU Internet Governance Lab is hosting and sponsoring the International Communication Association (ICA) Preconference “Internet Governance and Communication Beyond Boundaries” on Friday, May 24, 2019 in Washington, DC. The event is co-sponsored by the ICA Communication and Technology Division; the ICA Communication Law and Policy Division; and the Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet). A Call for Extended Abstracts is open through February 11, 2019.
The Internet Governance Lab Roundtable Speaker Series closes out its spring calendar with Dr. Tijana Milosevic, Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Media and Communication at the University of Oslo, presenting her work on children’s wellbeing and digital media. Dr. Milosevic, a former Internet Governance Lab Doctoral Fellow who received her PhD from American University in 2015, is one of the leading global scholars focusing on the intersection of children and digital media. Her book, “Protecting Children Online? Cyberbullying Policies of Social Media Companies,” part of MIT Press’ Information Society Series, is a first-of-its-kind analysis of the policies and mechanisms that social media companies such as Facebook, Twitter, and Ask.fm, among many others, use to address digital bullying.
The Roundtable will take place on Thursday, May 2, 2019 from 12:30pm - 2:00pm in SIS Room 300
Data Privacy: Challenges, Opportunities, and the Prospects for Meaningful Data Privacy Legislation in the U.S.
In 2019, the debate around data privacy has peaked with numerous events elevating the issue, including the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation coming into effect, and passage of the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018. As pressure builds, calls for federal legislation on data privacy have emerged from all sides. With the issue driving forward rapidly, this event will convene key stakeholders discussing challenges and opportunities around data privacy, including the risks and harms associated with consumer data collection, the possibility of a data privacy framework in the US, and the intersection of data privacy and Internet governance.
(a limited number of tickets available)
The AU Internet Governance Lab is partnering with the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property at the AU Washington College of Law to organize “ICANN and the New Top-Level Domains,” an afternoon of discussion about the expansion of generic Top Level Domain names (gTLD) and its implication for intellectual property rights and the architecture of the internet.
Roundtable: "What's Learning Got To Do With It? Governing the Internet, Diffusing Ideas & Powering Policy"
The Internet Governance Lab Roundtable Speaker Series continues with a session featuring Faculty Director Dr. Nanette Levinson, Associate Professor at AU’s School of International Service, entitled “What’s Learning Got To Do With It? Governing the Internet, Diffusing Ideas & Powering Policy.” The Roundtable will take place on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 from 2:00pm-3:30pm in SIS Room 300.
Governments are increasingly asserting the authority to compel communications service providers. For example, the United Kingdom and Australia recently adopted legislation that confers authority on government officials to seek assistance from communications service providers and device manufacturers in accessing communications that might otherwise be protected against access by technological means. Companies are pushing back with important initiatives like the Cybersecurity Tech Accord, in which company signatories pledge not to assist governments with cyber attacks on innocent civilians and companies, as well as the call for a “Digital Geneva Convention.”
The panel discussion, co-organized by the Center for Democracy and Technology, the Internet Governance Lab at American University, and the Cyber Governance and Policy Center at the University of Oklahoma, will feature a gathering of company stakeholders, advocates and scholars.
The AU Internet Governance Lab is co-sponsoring the Washington College of Law (WCL)-hosted book talk “The Blockchain and the New Architecture of Trust” authored by Kevin Werbach, Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. The book talk will take place on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 from 5:30pm-9:00pm in the WCL Warren Building Room NT01.
Roundtable: "Propaganda Machine -- The Hidden Story of Cambridge Analytica and the Digital Influence Industry"
The first Internet Governance Lab Roundtable of the Spring 2019 semester will kick off with a session featuring Dr. Emma Briant. A postdoctoral scholar at George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs, Dr. Briant’s work focuses on media, political communication and propaganda particularly in relation to international conflicts, social issues like migration, and inequality debates. On January 25, 2019, Dr. Briant will present research from her forthcoming book Creating Cambridge Analytica: Elites, Power and the Global Influence Industry.
The International Communication Association (ICA) Postconference is issuing a Call for Policy Proposals: Building Bridges Between Scholarship and Advocacy for Digital Media Policy with a deadline of Friday, January 18, 2019 at 5:00pm EST. The ICA Postconference will take place at American University on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 from 9:00am-4:45pm.
The Data Privacy Symposium hosted by the AU Internet Governance Lab in partnership with the Internet Society Washington, DC Chapter (ISOC-DC) explores the problem, path, and promise of data privacy and surveillance. Featuring a keynote speaker and multiple panels of experts, the event's discussion will focus on current and emerging issues in data privacy, including public perception of data privacy, implications of GDPR and a possible data privacy framework in the US, the relationship between Internet governance and data privacy, and the human rights implications of the privacy debate.
The documentary film "Black Code" will be screened on October 18, 2018 from 5:00pm-7:00pm on AU's Tenley Campus Yuma Hall Room YT16 as part of the course "Cyber Flash Points" co-taught by AU Internet Governance Lab Faculty Director Dr. Laura DeNardis and Faculty Fellow Professor Jennifer Daskal. The screening is open to the AU community.
American University's Kogod School of Business is hosting its first Blockchain Forum on November 7, 2018 at the Washington College of Law. The Forum will engage leading blockchain experts from the private sector, various government agencies, and academic institutions.
AU Washington College of Law and the Federal Trade Commission are co-organizing a two-day conference from November 6-8, 2018 at American University entitled “Hearings on Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century: The Intersection of Big Data, Privacy, and Competition.”
The AU Internet Governance Lab and Institute on Disability and Public Policy are proud to host digital identity and Internet governance scholar Dr. Mawaki Chango on campus on Monday, October 29, 2018 from 1:00pm – 2:30pm for a talk entitled “Internet Universality” in Room 117 of the Don Meyers Technology & Innovation Building. Dr. Chango is Founder & Managing Director of DigiLexis Consulting.
The AU Washington College of Law (WCL) Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property is hosting a special fireside chat with Mignon Clyburn, former Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chair and prominent FCC commissioner, on the state of the FCC and where it is headed.
The AU Internet Governance Lab is hosting the second session of its Roundtable Series for the Fall 2018 semester, entitled "Conceptualizing Disinformation and Developing Counter-Strategies" by Faculty Fellow Dr. Eric Novotny, Hurst Sr Professorial Lecturer at the AU School of International Service (SIS) and Doctoral Researcher Randolph Rosin, also a faculty member of the National Intelligence University, on Monday, October 15 from 10:00am - 11:30am in McKinley Building Room 305.
Internet Governance Lab Faculty Directors and Post-Doctoral Fellow Dr. Andrew Rens will offer a high level panel entitled "Hidden Levers of IP Control" at the 5th Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest on Friday, September 28, 2018 held at American University and co-organized by the American Assembly at Columbia University.
The AU Kogod Cybersecurity Governance Center (KCGC) will host a forum entitled "Cybersecurity and Privacy: Bridging Research and Practice" on September 26, 2018 from 3:00pm-5:00 pm in the Butler Board Room on the 6th Floor of Bender Arena on the AU campus. This event aims to facilitate a conversation on how to better involve engaged scholarship in cybersecurity and privacy issues. It will feature a keynote by Joe Valacich, Chief Science Officer of Neuro-ID and Eller Professor of Management Information Systems at the University of Arizona.
The AU Internet Governance Lab is pleased to kick off its Roundtable Series for the 2018-2019 Academic Year with the first Roundtable of the 2018 fall semester entitled "Cyber Proxies and Their Implications for Liberal Democracies" by Professor Tim Maurer, SIS Adjunct Professorial Lecturer and Co-Director of the Cyber Policy Initiative at Carnegie Endowment, on Monday, September 24 from 2:30pm - 4:00pm in SIS Room 300.
American University (AU) Washington College of Law (WCL) is hosting a lunch and book talk with Professor Thomas W. Hazlett, author of The Political Spectrum: The Tumultuous Liberation of Wireless Technology, from Herbert Hoover to the Smart Phone (Yale University Press, 2017) on Monday, September 24, 2018 from 12:00pm-1:30pm in Room N102 at WCL.
The 46th Research Conference on Communications, Information, and Internet Policy (TPRC) hosted by American University's Washington College of Law (WCL) will take place September 21-22, 2018 at the WCL campus in Washington, DC. The Graduate Student Consortium will take place the day before the conference on Thursday, September 20.
The AU Internet Governance Lab will host a guest talk by Dr. V. Sridhar, Professor at the Centre for IT and Public Policy at the International Institute of Information Technology Bangalore (IIIT-B) in India, entitled "ICT Policies and Regulation: Is India Different from Other Countries?" on Friday, July 13, 2018 from 11:00am-12:30pm in the AU School of International Service Building Room 260.
Data, Disability and Development: Innovative Approaches to Monitoring and Evaluating CRPD Implementation and Disability-Inclusive Development using Big Data Analytics and Text Mining
The Internet Governance Lab is co-sponsoring the Side Event "Data, Disability and Development: Innovative Approaches to Monitoring and Evaluating CRPD Implementation and Disability-Inclusive Development using Big Data Analytics and Text Mining" at the 11th Conference of States Parties (COSP-11) to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) at United Nations headquarters in New York on June 13, 2018 from 1:15pm-2:30pm in Room S-2729 in the UN Secretariat Building.
The Ranking Digital Rights 2018 Corporate Accountability Index ranks 22 of the world’s most powerful telecommunications, internet, and mobile companies on their commitments and disclosed policies affecting users’ freedom of expression and privacy. Last year's 2017 Index, which evaluated the same companies on the same questions, found that companies leave users largely in the dark about many important policies and practices affecting users’ rights. What has changed?
Roundtable: "Interlocking or Interfering? Internet Governance of Things and the Global Intellectual Property Regime"
The Internet Governance Lab at American University (AU) is hosting the roundtable "Interlocking or Interfering? Internet Governance of Things and the Global Intellectual Property Regime" featuring Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Andrew Rens on Monday, April 16 from 2:30pm-4:30pm in the School of International Service (SIS) Building Room 300 on the AU campus.
Internet Governance Lab Faculty Fellow and Humphrey Fellow, Andrii Paziuk from Ukraine, is working with several faculty at American University's Washington College of Law (WCL) to organize the conference "Empowering Citizenship in Our Shared Digital Future" on April 3, 2018 from 9:00am-3:00pm in Grossman Hall on the WCL campus.
The Internet Governance Lab at American University (AU) and the Washington, DC Chapter of the Internet Society (ISOC-DC) are co-hosting the symposium "Governing the Internet of Things" (#IoTgov) on Friday, March 30, 2018 from 9:30am-3:00pm in the Media Innovation Lab at the School of Communication McKinley Building on the AU campus.
The sixth annual Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge will take place on March 16–17, 2018 at American University (AU) and co-organized by Internet Governance Lab Faculty Fellow Dr. Eric Novotny, Hurst Sr Professorial Lecturer and Director of the Graduate Program in US Foreign Policy & National Security at AU's School of International Service (SIS). The competition is organized and hosted by the Atlantic Council in partnership with SIS.