School of Communication
- Dr. Laura DeNardis is a globally recognized Internet governance scholar and an Associate Professor in the School of Communication at American University in Washington, DC. Her books include Opening Standards: The Global Politics of Interoperability (MIT Press 2011); Protocol Politics: The Globalization of Internet Governance (MIT Press 2009); Information Technology in Theory (Thompson 2007 with Pelin Aksoy); and a forthcoming Yale University Press book on Global Internet Governance. She is an affiliated fellow of the Information Society Project at Yale Law School and served as its Executive Director from 2008-2012. She is a co-founder and co-series editor of the MIT Press Information Society book series and is a frequent keynote speaker at the world’s most prestigious universities and institutions. She currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the Global Internet Governance Academic Network. DeNardis has more than two decades of experience as an expert consultant in Internet governance to Fortune 500 companies, foundations, and government agencies. DeNardis holds an AB in Engineering Science from Dartmouth College, an MEng from Cornell University, a PhD in Science and Technology Studies from Virginia Tech, and was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from Yale Law School.
DegreesPhD in Science and Technology Studies, Virginia Tech, MEng, Cornell University, and AB in Engineering Science, Dartmouth College
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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities
- Laura DeNardis, The Global War for Internet Governance, New Haven: Yale University Press (in press)
- Laura DeNardis, editor, Opening Standards: The Global Politics of Interoperability. Cambridge: The MIT Press, 2011.
- Laura DeNardis, Protocol Politics: The Globalization of Internet Governance. Cambridge: The MIT Press, 2009.
- Laura DeNardis, co-authored with Pelin Aksoy, Information Technology in Theory. Boston: Thomson, 2007.
ARTICLES AND BOOK CHAPTERS
- Laura DeNardis, “Multistakeholderism and the Internet Governance Challenge to Democracy,” Harvard International Review Vol. XXXIV, Issue 4, Spring 2013.
- Laura DeNardis, “The Social Stakes of Interoperability,” in the Journal Science, Volume 337, no. 6101: 1454-1455. September 21, 2012. (Invited review of John Palfrey and Urs Gasser, Interop: The Promise and Perils of Highly Interconnected Systems).
- Laura DeNardis, "The Social Media Challenge to Internet Governance," in William Dutton and Mark Graham, eds., Society and the Internet: How Information and Social Networks are Changing Our Lives. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014 (forthcoming)
- (National Academies of Science Research Project) Laura DeNardis, "e-Governance Policies on Standards in the European Union, Japan and the United States," National Academies of Science Workshop on Intellectual Property Management in Standard-Setting Processes, Washington, DC, October 3-4.
- Laura DeNardis, "Governance at the Internet's Core: The Geopolitics of Interconnection and Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) in Emerging Markets," Paper accepted for presentation at Telecommunications Policy Research Conference (TPRC), the 40th Research Conference on Communication, Information and Internet Policy, Arlington, VA, September 21-23, 2012.
- Laura DeNardis, "The Study of Internet Governance," in William Dutton, editor, Oxford Handbook of Internet Studies. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.
- Laura DeNardis, "Hidden Levers of Internet Control: An Infrastructure-based Theory of Internet Governance," Information, Communication & Society, Volume 15, Issue 3, February 2012.
- Laura DeNardis, "Standards and eHealth," International Telecommunication Union Technology Watch Report, Volume 16, January 2011.
- Laura DeNardis, "e-Governance Policies for Interoperability and Open Standards," Policy and Internet Volume 2, Issue 3, Article 6, 2010.
- Laura DeNardis, "The Privatization of Internet Governance," Referred paper presented at the Fifth Annual Meeting of the Global Internet Governance Academic Network in Vilnius, Lithuania. September 2010.
- Laura DeNardis, "The Global Politics of Interoperability," in Gaelle Krikorian and Amy Kapcznski, editors, Access to Knowledge in the Age of Intellectual Property. Cambridge: Zone Books, 2010.
- Laura DeNardis, "A Case Against Internet Address Markets," Paper presented at Internet: Critical, the 10th Annual Conference of the Association of Internet Researchers in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. October 2009.
- Laura DeNardis, "Opening Standards, Opening Human Liberty," in Global Information Society Watch 2009, the Annual Scholarship Publication of the Association of Progressive Communications, APC, 2009.
- Laura DeNardis, "Open Standards and Global Politics," International Journal of Communications Law and Policy, Issue 13, Special Internet Governance Edition, 2009.
- Laura DeNardis, "IPv6: Standards Controversies around the Next Generation Internet," in Ian Inkster, Graeme Gooday, and James Sumner, editors, History of Technology, Vol. 28. London: Continuum, 2008.
- Laura DeNardis, "Architecting Civil Liberties, " Referred paper selected for presentation at the Third Annual Meeting of the Global Internet Governance Academic Network in Hyderabad, India. December 2008.
- Laura DeNardis, "A History of Internet Security," in Karl de Leeuw, editor, The History of Information Security. New York: Elsevier 2007.
“Internet Governance Implications for Press Freedom.” Invited panel presentation, National Press Club, Washington, DC, April 24, 2013.
“The Turn to the Internet’s Domain Name System for Content Control.” Keynote address at “Reinventing the Internet’s Phonebook” conference, Georgetown University, April 19, 2013.
“The Future of Internet Governance.” Invited paper and conference participant, Yale Law School, April 11, 2013.
“International Challenges in Cyberspace Governance.” Invited panel presentation at the 107th Annual Meeting of the American Society for International Law (ASIL), Washington, DC, April 4, 2013.
“The World Wide War for Internet Governance.” Invited lecture at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, February 28, 2013.
“The World Wide War for Internet Governance.” Invited lecture at the University of California-Davis, February 20, 2013.
“Losing Internet Interoperability.” Panelist at Internet Research 13.0: Technologies, the 13th Annual Conference of the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR), University of Salford, Manchester, UK, October 19, 2012.
“Intellectual Property Management in Standard-Setting Processes: An International Comparison.” Invited presentation at National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC, October 3, 2012.
"Global Internet Governance: Why Internet Freedom is Not Free," Invited panel presentation at Yale Information Society Project 15-year Alumni Reunion, Yale Law School, September 28, 2012.
"Losing Internet Interoperability," Academic presentation at Internet Research 13.0: Technologies, the 13th Annual Conference of the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR), University of Salford, Manchester, UK, October 18-21, 2012.
"Internet Architecture and Internet Freedom." Invited presentation at Personal Democracy Forum, New York, NY, June 12, 2012.
Invited keynote address, World Health Organization and International Telecommunication Union Joint Workshop on e-Health Standards and Interoperability, Geneva, Switzerland, April 26, 2012.
"Beyond the Internet: Innovative Ideas for Democratizing Communication & Society." (VIEW VIDEO ) Invited panel presentation, Rutgers University, November 16, 2011.
"Who Should Govern the Internet?" Invited presentation, Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University, Washington, DC, November 3, 2011.
Invited keynote address at A Decade in Internet Time: Symposium on the Dynamics of the Internet and Society. (VIEW VIDEO) Oxford University, Oxford, England September 21-24, 2011.
“The Place of the Internet in World Affairs: Cybersecurity, WikiLeaks, and Internet Freedom.” Presentation at Global Internet Governance: Research and Public Policy Challenges for the Next Decade, GigaNet workshop in Washington, D.C. May 5, 2011.
“Opening Standards: The Global Politics of Interoperability.” Presentation at Standards and Consortia Roundtable at Arizona State University, Phoenix, Arizona, April 7-8, 2011.
“WikiLeaks and the Politics of Denial of Service Attacks.” Invited presentation in WikiLeaks Symposium Minding the Gaps: WikiLeaks and Internet Security in the 21st Century. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, February 4, 2011.
“Protocol Politics.” Invited lecture at Cornell University Information Science Colloquium. Ithaca, NY, 3:45 P.M., January 31, 2011.
“Technologies of Dissent.” Presentation at Access to Knowledge Global Academy Workshop in Cape Town, South Africa, January 19, 2011
“The Globalization of Internet Governance.” Invited lecture in Communications Studies Speaker Series at McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, November 11, 2010.
“Infrastructures of Free Expression.” Invited lecture at the University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, November 3, 2010.
“Opening Internet Video Codecs.” Invited panel presentation at the Open Video Conference, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, New York, October 2, 2010.
“Technologies of Dissent” Invited panel presentation at Innovate/Activate: An Unconference on Intellectual Property and Activism, New York Law School. September 25, 2010.
“Core Internet Values across Generations.” Invited panel presentation, Youth Coalition on Internet Governance, Fifth Internet Governance Forum (IGF), Vilnius, Lithuania. September 17, 2010.
“The Privatization of Internet Governance.” Paper presented at Fifth Annual Symposium of the Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet), Vilnius, Lithuania. September 13, 2010.
“What is Internet Governance Research and What do Different Academic Disciplines Contribute to it?” Opening Panel at the Third International Global Internet Governance Workshop, Montreal, Canada, May 30, 2010.
“The New Politics of Internet Governance,” Invited Lecture at Fundação Getulio Vargas University, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, May 4, 2010.
“Technologies of Dissent.” Invited Lecture at Columbia Communications Colloquium, Columbia University, New York, NY, April 19, 2010.
“Mapping Dissent: Internet Mapping Technologies and Political Activism” talk at Access to Knowledge and Human Rights Conference at Yale Law School, New Haven, CT, February 12, 2010.
“Internet Governance: Where Digital Labor Determines Digital Freedom“ Talk at The Internet as Playground and Factory: A Conference on Digital Labor. Eugene Lang College, The New School, New York, NY, November 14, 2009. Video and audio available here.
“Technologies of Dissent.” Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S), Washington, DC, October 31, 2009.
“Measuring and Reducing the Standardization Gap in the Developing World.” Invited talk at the International Telecommunication Union’s Bridging the Standardization Gap forum in Nadi, Fiji, September 16-17, 2009. Laura DeNardis picture in FijiTimes article about event.
“Opening Innovation through Opening Standards.” Keynote address at Paris Workshop on Interoperability, June 24, 2009.
“Thinking about Standards,” National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, May 8, 2009.
“Privacy and Technology Roundtable on Data Fusion Centers,” University of Maryland School of Law, Baltimore, MD, April 16, 2009.
“Architecting Civil Liberties.” Paper presented at the Third Annual Meeting of the Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet) in Hyderabad, India. December 2, 2008.
“Global Internet Standards and Developing Nations.” Invited talk at the University of Illinois School of Information Studies, Urbana, IL, November 10, 2008.
“IP is the New IP.” (Internet Protocol is the New Intellectual Property) Panel presentation at the Third Access to Knowledge Conference in Geneva, Switzerland, September 10, 2008.
“The Future of Internet Governance.” BEA-NAB Convention Broadcast Education Association-National Association of Broadcasters, Las Vegas, NV, April 17, 2008.
“The Global Politics of Interoperability: Intellectual Property and Openness in an Information Society,” Invited Talk at International Intellectual Property Society (IIPS) Lecture Series, New York, NY, February 19, 2008.
“Open Documents and Democracy.” Invited keynote address at the Standards and the Future of the Internet conference, Geneva, Switzerland, February 27, 2008
“Open ICT Standards, Development, and Public Policy.” U.N. Internet Governance Forum, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, November 11, 2007.
“Digital Inclusion: Accelerating Global Participation & Access.” Invited Talk at the Standards Edge Conference, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, November 11, 2007
“Internet Standards and Developing Countries: Challenges and Opportunities.” Paper presented at the Second Annual Meeting of the Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet) in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. November 12, 2007.
“Interoperability and Democracy.” University of Calgary 5th Conference on Standardization and Innovation in Information Technologies Calgary, Ontario, Canada, October 19, 2007.
- Global Internet Governance
- Internet Architecture and Freedom of Expression
- Internet Technology Policy (Infrastructure, Access, Privacy, Reputation, Domain Name System)
- Internet Standardization and Critical Internet Resources
- Global Politics of Cybersecurity Technologies
Area of Expertise: Internet governance; Internet architecture and freedom of expression; Internet technology policies (corporate, technical design, and governmental) related to net neutrality, privacy and reputation online, cybersecurity, Internet standardization, and critical Internet resources such as Internet addresses and the domain name system.
Additional Information: Laura DeNardis is a globally recognized Internet governance scholar whose research addresses the social and political implications of Internet design and policy. Her books include: Information Technology in Theory (2007); Protocol Politics: The Globalization of Internet Governance (2009); Opening Standards: The Global Politics of Interoperability (2011); and a forthcoming book, Global Internet Governance to be published by the Yale University Press. She is a fellow of the Information Society Project at Yale Law School and the vice chair of the Global Internet Governance Academic Network. She was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship at Yale Law School.
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AU News and Achievements
Communication Professor Honored by AU GLBT Community
Professor Laura DeNardis was presented with the Faculty/Staff Award at the annual GLBTA Awards Ceremony....