Laura DeNardis

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Laura DeNardis
Laura DeNardis at the United States Department of State in 2014.jpg
Laura DeNardis in 2014 at the United States Department of State
Born 1966
New Haven, Connecticut
Residence Washington, DC, US
Alma mater Dartmouth College
Occupation Author and professor

Laura DeNardis is an American author and a globally recognized scholar of Internet governance and technical infrastructure. She is a tenured Professor and Associate Dean in the School of Communication at American University.[1] She is a Senior Fellow of the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and serves as the Director of Research for the Global Commission on Internet Governance.[2] With a background in Information engineering and a doctorate in Science and Technology Studies (STS), her research studies the social and political implications of Internet technical architecture and governance.

Domestically, she is an appointed member of the U.S. Department of State Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy (ACICIP).[3] She has more than two decades of experience as an expert consultant in Internet Governance to Fortune 500 companies, foundations, and government agencies.

DeNardis is an affiliated Fellow of the Yale Information Society Project at Yale Law School[4] and served as its Executive Director from 2008-2011.

Her expertise and scholarship have been featured in Science Magazine, The Economist, NPR, New York Times, ABC news, Bloomberg, Time Magazine, Christian Science Monitor, Slate, Reuters, Forbes, The Atlantic, the Globe and Mail, Investor's Business Daily, and The Wall Street Journal.

In 2015 Laura DeNardis was elected as a member of the Cosmos Club in Washington, DC.

Early Life and Education[edit]

Laura DeNardis was born in New Haven, CT, in 1966. She is married to a finance executive Deborah Smith. DeNardis and Smith's was one of the first same sex marriages in Connecticut in 2008.[5]

DeNardis earned a PhD in Science and Technology Studies from Virginia Tech, an MEng from Cornell University, an AB in Engineering Science from Dartmouth College, and was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from Yale Law School.

She resides in Washington, DC.


Areas of Expertise[edit]

Involvement with the Global Commission on Internet Governance[edit]

DeNardis currently holds a role of the Research Director of the Global Commission on Internet Governance (2014–present).

She is also the Senior Fellow of the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) (2013–present).

Major Lectures and Presentations[edit]

  • European Consortium for Political Research Global Conference. Referred panel presentation “The Global Internet Governance Trajectory: Actors and States of Play,” Montreal, Canada, August 27–29, 2015.
  • United States Internet Governance Forum, Panel on Multistakeholder Governance, George Washington University, Washington, DC, July 16, 2015.
  • Microsoft Research Faculty Summit 2015. Invited presentation, “Research Challenges in Internet Governance,” Redmond, WA, July 7, 2015.
  • Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT). Workshop on Standards and Human Rights, Washington, DC, June 19, 2015
  • Columbia SIPA, Invited plenary panel talk, “Conference on Internet Governance and Cybersecurity,” New York, NY, May 14, 2015.
  • Brookings Institution, Invited presentation at “Global Governance Futures 2025,” Washington, DC, May 6, 2015.
  • Keynote Address at National Cybersecurity Centre One Conference, The Hague, Netherlands, April 13, 2015.
  • “The Future of Internet Regulation,” Invited presentation at the Ohio State University Moritz School of Law Symposium, I/S: A Journal of Law & Policy, March 27, 2015.
  • Book talk on "The Global War for Internet Governance," New America Foundation, Washington, D.C. April 3, 2014
  • Presentation on “The Global War for Internet Governance,” Motion Picture Association of American (MPAA), Washington, D.C. April 2, 2014.
  • Book talk on “The Global War for Internet Governance,” The Carnegie Council, New York City, NY. February 26, 2014.
  • Panel presentation on “The Internet’s Top-Level Domain Expansion: Implications for Internet Freedom and Innovation,” Beyond the Dot Conference, The Newseum, Washington, D.C. February 19, 2014.
  • Book talk on “The Global War for Internet Governance,” Yale Law School, Information Society Project, New Haven, CT. February 13, 2014.
  • Book talk on “The Global War for Internet Governance,” Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. February 12, 2014.
  • Panel presentation on “The Paradox of Multistakeholder Internet Governance,” 10th Annual State of the Net Conference, The Newseum, Washington, DC. January 28, 2014.
  • Panel presentation on “Internet Governance 2020: Geopolitics and the Future of the Internet,” Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, D.C. January 23, 2014.
  • Panel presentation on Developing a Strategic Vision for Internet Governance,” Eight Annual United Nations Internet Governance Forum, Bali, Indonesia. October 22, 2013.
  • Presentation on “Thinking Clearly about Multistakeholder Internet Governance,” Global Internet Governance Academic Network Annual Conference, Bali, Indonesia. October 21, 2013.


External links[edit]

Home pages

Audio and video

  • Radio interview on Canada’s CBC discussing “What Will the Internet Look Like with 5 Billion Users,” April 17, 2015.
  • United States Department of State video “The Internet Belongs to Everyone,” September 17, 2014.
  • Inaugural CIGI Lecture “The Global War for Internet Governance,” Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, September 9, 2014.
  • ABC News Radio interview on Internet fracturing, KTRS 550 “Is This the End of the Internet,” July 24, 2014.
  • Keynote Address at WebScience 2014, “The Global War for Internet Governance,” Bloomington, Indiana, U.S., June 24, 2014.
  • Radio Interview on “The Diane Rehm Show” on NPR, “The Worldwide Debate for New Rules for the World Wide Web,” April 7, 2014.
  • Video of Oxford University Keynote Address, “Technologies of Dissent” at “A Decade in Internet Time” conference on September 3, 2011.
  • KZSU-FM/Stanford University Radio Interview on “Protocol Politics,” July 21, 2010 with Dave Levine at Hearsay Culture Radio.