Freedom House to Host Freedom on the Net Conference, Wednesday 28 October 2015

Freedom HouseThe Freedom on the Net 2015 Conference will be held at Google DC on Wednesday, 28 October 2015 at 9:00am. This event will discuss the annual assessment of internet accessibility, censorship, and rights in 65 countries, which Dr. Derrick Cogburn helped to develop for Freedom House. This year’s event will also emphasize opportunities and challenges to internet freedom, including threats to U.S. foreign policy and emerging threats to digital media.

The conference will feature prominent speakers who represent various concentrations and countries, including The Honorable Brian Schatz (D-HI), United States Senate; Ross LaJeunesse, Global Head of Free Expression International & International Relations, Google; Daniel Calingaert, Executive Vice President, Freedom House; and Chinmayi Arun, Research Director, Center for Communication Governance, National Law University, Dehli.

Freedom House “works to defend human rights and promote democratic change, with a focus on political rights and civil liberties.”

For more information and registration, visit:

Virtual participation also available and encouraged. Google DC is located at 25 Massachusetts Ave., NW, 
Suite 900, Washington, DC.


New paper: The Emergence of Contention in Global Internet Governance, July 21, 2015



This paper is part of the Global Commission on Internet Governance Paper Series.

The Emergence of Contention in Global Internet Governance by: Samantha Bradshaw, Laura DeNardis, Fen Osler Hampson, Eric Jardine, and Mark Raymond.

Internet governance has rapidly shifted from a technocratic area of governance to one characterized by considerable contention. This shift is unprecedented among the large and increasing number of technocratic regimes essential to contemporary global governance, and is of broader interest and significance beyond Internet governance scholars and practitioners. Read More »

Microsoft Research Faculty Summit, Redmond, WA, July 8 – 9, 2015

LDNMicrosoftThis week leading academic researchers, scientists and scholars are meeting with Microsoft researchers and engineers at Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, WA. Together they will explore topics that range from artificial intelligence, software and devices to computing in society.

For a full agenda click here.

Dr. DeNardis is speaking on the Research Challenges In Internet Governance panel.

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Press Release: Professor Showcases Disability and Global Governance Research at UN

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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
, 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.

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Events: The Internet Governance Lab hosts foreign press at American University

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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.

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