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State Department Taps DeNardis for Key Committee

American School of Communication Professor Laura DeNardis

American University communication professor Laura DeNardis has been appointed by the U.S. Department of State to its Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy (ACICIP) for a two-year term. The Advisory Committee provides advice on foreign affairs issues related to information and communication technology policy.

As described by the State Department, the advisors are “senior-level officers of a broad range of companies and institutions that represent the communications and information technology industries.” Other prominent committee members include Google Chief Internet Evangelist Vinton Cerf and vice presidents of global policy for AT&T, Cisco, Facebook, Oracle, and Verizon.

DeNardis’s appointment comes on the heels of the publication of her new book, The Global War for Internet Governance (Yale University Press 2014). Oxford University Professor William Dutton has said “There is no better book to prepare students and policy makers alike for the global debates arising over Internet governance.” DeNardis is currently in the midst of a book tour and series of invited talks that has recently included stops at Yale Law School, the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, the Newseum in Washington, DC, the Carnegie Council in New York City, among many others.

With a prominent background in information engineering and a doctorate in Science and Technology Studies (STS), her research expertise on the geopolitics of Internet architecture and governance has made her a sought after strategist advising think tanks, corporations, and governments. She has been quoted as an Internet governance expert in prominent media outlets such as The New York Times, Time Magazine, Christian Science Monitor, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal, and Forbes.com.

DeNardis will be giving a book talk on April 1 at AU in the Media Innovation Lab in the McKinley building, School of Communication's new home.

DeNardis also serves as a Senior Fellow of the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and holds an international appointment as the Director of Research for the Global Commission on Internet Governance, an international commission launched by two independent think tanks – CIGI and Chatham House – to provide concrete recommendations for the future of global Internet governance.

She has previously served as the Executive Director of the Yale Information Society Project, a prominent think tank at Yale Law School studying the implications of the Internet and new information technologies for democracy and civil liberties.