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Book Launch: The Turn to Infrastructure in Internet Governance

Internet Governance at a Crossroads


Date: Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Time: 10:00-11:30 AM
Location: Abramson Family Founders Room, SIS
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Hashtag: #SISEvent

A special book launch of The Turn to Infrastructure in Internet Governance, by American University's Internet Governance Lab professors Derrick Cogburn, Laura DeNardis, and Nanette Levinson, and colleague Francesca Musiani, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique France.

Professors Cogburn, DeNardis, and Levinson will be joined by Dean James Goldgeier of the School of International Service, Jeffrey Rutenbeck of the School of Communication, and a panel discussion of the future of Internet governance with special guests:
Fiona Alexander, NTIA, Department of Commerce
Kathy Brown, President and CEO of the Internet Society
Emma Llansó, Director, Free Expression Project, Center for Democracy and Technology

About the Book:
Never is history have conflicts over governance of the Internet attracted such widespread attention from policymakers and the general public. High-profile controversies such as the Apply encryption debate, Sony data breach, and Snowden's disclosures about NSA surveillance have attracted great scrutiny to the subject of how the Internet is operated and administered. An area once concealed in institutional and technological complexity is now rightly bracketed among other shared global issues - such as environmental protection and human rights - that have considerable global implications but are simply incongruous with national borders. This new book brings together leading international thinkers in Internet governance to address and emerging phenomenon: not governance of the Internet, but governance by co-opting the infrastructure of the Internet. Examples include the use of the Domain Name System for censorship and content filtering, attempts to build back doors into encryption products, and national data localization laws requiring companies to store data within geographical borders. This book addresses what is at stake for Internet freedom and innovation, and for the prospect of a universal and open Internet, in this turn to infrastructure for Internet governance.

We are thrilled that the event is co-sponsored by The Internet Society (DC Chapter), along with the School of Communication and School of International Service at American University.

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