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Laura DeNardis

Executive Director
Yale Law School Information Society Project

Dr. Laura DeNardis is a Lecturer at Yale Law School and the Executive Director of the Yale Information Society Project, an academic think tank that studies the implications of the Internet and new information technologies for law and society.  She is an Internet governance scholar whose research addresses information policy concerns such as access policies, freedom of expression online, Internet protocol design, and intellectual property rights online.  Her books include Opening Standards:  The Global Politics of Interoperability (MIT Press 2011), Protocol Politics: The Globalization of Internet Governance (MIT Press 2009), and Information Technology in Theory (Thompson 2007 with Pelin Aksoy).  DeNardis has been invited to present her research at universities such as Oxford, Columbia, Princeton, Harvard Law School, Penn, and McGill and in international venues such as the Paris Interoperability Workshop, the Open Forum Academy in Brussels, the Future of the Internet conference in Geneva, and United Nations Internet Governance Forums in Greece, India, Lithuania, and Brazil.  DeNardis was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship at Yale Law School and received a Ph.D. in Science and Technology Studies from Virginia Tech, a Master of Engineering degree in OR&IE from Cornell University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Engineering Science from Dartmouth College.

Charles Lewis

Executive Editor
Investigative Reporting Workshop

Charles Lewis is a national investigative journalist; a former ABC News and CBS News 60 Minutes producer, best-selling author and founder or co-founder of four nonprofit organizations, including the Center for Public Integrity and its International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. Lewis began the Center from his home, and grew it to a full-time staff of 40 people. Under his leadership, the Center published about 300 investigative reports, including 14 books, from 1989 through 2004, and won more than 30 national journalism honors. Named as “one of the 30 most notable investigative reporters in the U.S. since World War I” by the Encyclopedia of Journalism (Sage Publications; 2009), Lewis recently has helped to create the Investigative News Network of more than 20 nonprofit news publishers. He has been a Ferris Professor at Princeton University and a Shorenstein Fellow at Harvard University.

Shalini Venturelli

Associate Professor
American University School of International Service

Dr. Shalini Venturelli is Director of the Global Public Media Research Project (GPMP), and Associate Professor of International Communication and International Relations in the School of International Service, American University, Washington, DC. Her research examines international dimensions of the global knowledge society and global innovation, as well as the growth of global public media in cyberspace or online citizen media in Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, Europe and North America. In addition to the Global Public Media Project, Professor Venturelli also directs an international comparative study on the Global Knowledge Society. She is the author of many publications on the Information Society and the Global Knowledge Society. Professor Venturelli received a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado at Boulder, an M.A. from the University of Chicago, and a B.S. from Illinois State University.

Larry Kirkman


American University School of Communication

Larry Kirkman has been Dean of the School of Communication since 2001. He directs and develops academic and professional programs in Journalism, Film and Media Arts, Public Communication and International Media. At American, he has established centers for innovation in public service media, including Center for Social Media, Investigative Reporting Workshop, J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism and Center for Environmental Filmmaking, and partnerships and programs with many media organizations, including the Newseum, American Film Institute, USA Today, NBC News and New America Media. His work has included public television documentaries and public service campaigns, including Connect for Kids with the Advertising Council which received more than $300 million in donated media, and Union Yes for the AFL-CIO. He launched the US Center of, created the American Film Institute's National Video Festival, and edited a series of ten media guides, Strategic Communications for Nonprofits.