Dispatch from the Association of Internet Researchers conference, Phoenix, AZ, October 21-25, 2015

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Dr. Laura DeNardis with some of her doctoral students and postdoctoral researcher and former AU SOC student Tijana Milosevic

At this year’s Association of Internet Researchers conference, Dr. Laura DeNardis and several of her doctoral students presented current projects on Internet governance. During a panel titled “Doing Internet Governance – STS-informed Perspectives on Ordering the Net”, Dr. DeNardis and doctoral candidate Andrea Hackl discussed the need to investigate the mediation of LGBT rights at the deeper level of Internet governance rather than the content level. In a session on privacy, doctoral candidate Tatevik Sargsyan discussed different data localization proposals by governments. In this context, Tatevik argued that governments use concerns over privacy and security to pursue their political and economic agenda. Postdoctoral researcher and former AU SOC doctoral student Tijana Milosevic presented on tools used by social media to respond to cyberbullying incidents on the platforms. Together with American University Professors Dr. Patricia Aufderheide and Dr. Aram Sinnreich as well as Dr. Benjamin Burroughs from the University of Iowa, Tijana also presented on attitudes on use and copying of copyrighted material.Read More »

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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 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 »

Dr. Denardis gives insights at the Atlantic Council’s DC Workshop on a Transatlantic Digital Agenda, July 21, 2015

This morning, Dr. Denardis participated in the Atlantic Council’s DC Workshop on the Transatlantic Digital Agenda. The Atlantic Council promotes engagement and research in international relations. The Council has an important function in reviewing and remedying globally significant economic and political issues. It serves as a task force comprised of international thought leaders who help to navigate economic and political challenges of the modern world. The task force informs and shapes international community by recommending strategies on how to create a safer, wealthier and more peaceful environment. It has developed many programs and initiatives in order for international communities to understand many modern global issues.

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Dispatch from the 65th ICA Annual Conference, San Juan, PR, May 21 – 25, 2015

Tatevik and Andrea with Bill  Herman, Professor at CUNY
Tatevik and Andrea with Bill Herman, Professor at CUNY

By Tatevik Sargsyan

Tatevik Sargsyan and Andrea Hackl, PhD candidates at American University’s School of Communication, presented findings from their joint study on the enactment of social media’s speech policies at the International Communication Association’s annual conference Communication Across the Life Span in San Juan, PR. Read More »