Dr. Laura DeNardis to Speak at 15th Annual State of the Net Conference


Internet Governance Lab Faculty Director Dr. Laura DeNardis, Professor at AU’s School of Communication, will speak on the panel “Internet Governance: Sovereignty or a New Geopolitical Order?” at the 15th Annual State of the Net Conference on January 29, 2019 hosted at the Newseum in Washington, DC.

Moderated by Shane Tews, President of Logan Circle Strategies and Visiting Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), the panel will also include: Peter Fatelnig, Minister-Counsellor for Digital Economy Policy in the Delegation of the European Union to the US; Steve DelBianco, President and CEO of NetChoice; and Liesyl Franz, Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of the Coordinator for Cyber Issues at the U.S. Department of State (TBC).

The State of the Net Conference is organized by the Internet Education Foundation and is a neutral platform for all Internet stakeholders to debate and explore the Internet’s most pressing policy issues.

Panel Description:

Once upon a time "Internet governance" discussions were limited to technical matters such as root zones and domain name functions, and multi-stakeholder processes prevailed. Yet the last five years have laid bare the awesome power of the Internet as a global force for good and for mischief. Starting with the Snowden revelations in 2014 through accusations of election meddling in 2016, a jarring series of events have forced governments and Internet stakeholders worldwide to reassess the appropriate processes for Internet governance. Now Internet issues such as AI, automation, cyber-weapons, deep-fakes, privacy, disinformation, cybersecurity, and human rights are fraying the existing agreements for governing the Internet. Recently, French President Macron issued a "Paris Call" to fill what he sees a void in Internet governance. At the same time the United Nations is racing to adopt its own governance rules. In this high stakes, geopolitical game of chess, what will prevail?

To learn more about the conference and to register, visit http://www.stateofthenet.org/