Dr. Fernanda Rosa, doctoral researcher at the Internet Governance Lab and former PhD candidate at the American University School of Communication, successfully defended her dissertation titled Global Internet Interconnection Infrastructure: Materiality, Concealment, and Surveillance in Contemporary Communication.
NetGov Lab Doctoral Researcher, Erica Diya Basu, presented her work on privacy and data protection in India at the inaugural TriSchool PhD Research Conference hosted on Friday, February 22, by American University’s School of Communication, School of International Service, and the School of Public Affairs.
The Internet Governance Lab is pleased to welcome Emir Sfaxi, a Fulbright Fellow at American University, as a fellow and global scholar. Mr. Sfaxi has dedicated his career to public policy, ICT, and governance, and is a public policy consultant focusing on digital development, open government, and data analysis.
Doctoral student Brian Hughes was interviewed on NPR All Things Considered on November 8, 2018 in the story “Gab Server Subpoenaed By Pennsylvania Attorney General.” Hughes, who studies the alt-right’s presence on the Internet, discussed so-called “censorship free” social media sites, the business and financial implications of controversies linked to these sites, and the dangers of these implications for democracy overall.
Faculty Director Dr. Laura DeNardis, Professor at the AU School of Communication (SOC), will offer a keynote address at the inaugural conference “Novel Horizons: Responsible Behaviour in Cyberspace” hosted by The Hague Program for Cyber Norms at Leiden University in The Hague, Netherlands. She will be joined by Faculty Fellow Dr. Tim Maurer and Doctoral Researcher Erica Diya Basu at the conference taking place from November 5-7, 2018.
Applications are now being accepted through October 23, 2018 for the AU student teams that will compete in the 2019 Cyber 9/12 Strategic Challenge, which will be held in Washington, DC in March 2019. Established in 2013 in a partnership between The Atlantic Council and AU’s School of International Service, this event is the premier international affairs simulation in which students develop policy options in a dynamic international crisis scenario that has a strong cyber element. Faculty Fellow Dr. Eric Novotny leads the AU student teams.
NetGov Lab faculty and doctoral students presented “Internet Governance Policy Research Impacts: Mapping, Methods and Messages” at the 46th Research Conference on Communications, Information, and Internet Policy (#TPRC46) hosted by American University's Washington College of Law (WCL) on September 22, 2018 from 2:00pm-3:30pm. Faculty Fellow Professor Fernando Laguarda serves as Chair of the TPRC Board. Under his leadership, #TPRC46 welcomed over 300 participants from across the country and around the world representing industry, academia, government, and civil society.
Doctoral Researcher Erica Diya Basu presented “Protecting Children’s Data in the Digital Era: The India Story” at the University of Thai Chamber of Commerce-Thailand Ministry of Data Economy & Society Workshop “Developing ASEAN Guidelines and Promoting Awareness on Child and Youth Online Risk” in Bangkok, Thailand from August 23-24, 2018. The Workshop was the first in a series of planned seminars to address digital issues and challenges confronting societies of the ASEAN region.
Internet Governance Lab Doctoral Researcher Erica Diya Basu presented her initial work-in-progress findings from her field research at the 20th edition of the Annenberg-Oxford Media Policy Summer Institute at the University of Oxford on August 3, 2018. Her PhD research examines the role of civil society organizations in shaping digital privacy discourse and influencing data protection policies in India.
The AU Internet Governance Lab is pleased to welcome its inaugural Associate Director Dr. Kenneth Merrill to its team, as well as Doctoral Researcher Asvatha Babu this year. Both will play integral roles in advancing the research agenda and programmatic offerings of the Lab. Dr. Merrill holds a PhD in communication from American University (AU)’s School of Communication (SOC), and Ms. Babu is a PhD student at SOC and graduated with her MA from the AU School of International Service.