Top level domains, algorithmic copyright enforcement, software licenses in hybrid goods, and anti-circumvention laws are all being weaponized to make expansive intellectual property claims. Internet governance scholars revealed these hidden levers of intellectual property control during a panel convened by the Internet Governance Lab at the Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest held at the Washington College of Law on Friday, September 28, 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.
AU Internet Governance Lab Faculty Director Dr. Laura DeNardis presented on cybersecurity and corporate governance during her session “The Internet of Things: Cyber Flashpoints in the Information Age” to high-level Board of Director executives from Latin America at the Yale School of Management’s Corporate Governance Program on Thursday, September 13, 2018.
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 Director Dr. Laura DeNardis, AU School of Communication Professor, and Faculty Fellow Jennifer Daskal, Associate Professor of Law at AU Washington College of Law, are co-teaching the COMM-696/LAW-795CY weekly seminar "Cyber Flash Points" this semester, which examines the growing body of interdisciplinary literature and theory around global cyber governance. Each class opens with a 15-minute flash talk explaining how the technical architecture of the Internet works.
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.
Internet Governance Lab Faculty Fellow Dr. Aram Sinnreich has authored the Policy Briefing Note An International Approach to Data Privacy published by the Center for Media and Social Impact at American University's School of Communication. In the wake of the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and recent events which have unfolded surrounding Facebook and Cambridge Analytica, this policy brief argues that an international approach to standardizing and coordinating data protection policy is key to restoring data security.
Internet Governance Lab Faculty Fellow Professor Jennifer Daskal, Associate Professor of Law at American University's Washington College of Law, co-authored the new report "Low-Hanging Fruit: Evidence-Based Solutions to the Digital Evidence Challenge" published by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).