Dr. Laura DeNardis and Vinton Cerf, vice president and the Chief Internet Evangelist for Google, participated in an interesting panel at the Washington, DC, Cosmos Club. The panel, titled Understanding the Technology of the Internet – What is Internet? drew full house and stimulated a strong Q&A session. While Vint Cerf laid out the basic technology of the internet, i.e. packet switching, layering, TCP/IP, real-time (UDP), the World Wide Web, discussed cloud computing and provided a short chronology of the Internet’s development, Laura DeNardis explained social and economic impacts of the technology of the Internet, its domestic and foreign developments and trends, and both hazards and benefits to industry and the general public.
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.
by Maya Aguilar (via american.edu)
Professor Derrick Cogburn, executive director of American University’s Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP) at the School of International Service, unveiled key preliminary findings of the IDPP study, Accessible Global Governance: The Invisibility of Persons with
Disabilities, during his keynote presentation at one of the world’s largest international disability community gatherings—the annual Conference of States Parties to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) at UN headquarters in New York City.
On June 18th, Prof. DeNardis and Prof. Cogburn hosted a group of eight international reporters at the American University’s School of International Service.The group included eight reporters from Mexico and Cuba, South America (Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay), Africa (Burkina Faso and Nigeria) and India. The reporters were part of the Department of State tour designed to give perspective on how governments, stakeholders and individuals can help to develop a healthy digital ecosystem.
The Ninth Annual IGF Meeting (IGF 2014) was held in Istanbul, Turkey on 2-5 September 2014. The overarching theme for the meeting was: “Connecting Continents for Enhanced Multistakeholder Internet Governance.”
Our co-directors, Dr. Laura DeNardis and Dr. Derrick Cogburn were both there presenting their respective new papers. Both were included in the session entitled “Multistakeholder governance and its alternatives.”