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[CASCI Talk] The Internet in Everything: Freedom and Security in a World with No Off-Switch

February 9th, 2020 by

Tuesday, April 14th, 2020
11:00 am – 12:00 noon
HBK South 2119


The Internet has leapt from human-facing display screens into the material objects all around us. In this so-called Internet of Things—connecting everything from cars to cardiac monitors to home appliances—there is no longer a meaningful distinction between physical and virtual worlds. Everything is connected. The social and economic benefits are tremendous, but there is a downside: an outage in cyberspace can result not only in a loss of communication but also potentially a loss of life. Control of this infrastructure has become a proxy for political power, since countries can easily reach across borders to disrupt real-world systems. In The Internet in Everything: Freedom and Security in a World with No Off-Switch, Laura DeNardis argues that this diffusion of the Internet into the physical world radically escalates governance concerns around privacy, discrimination, human safety, democracy, and national security, and she offers new cyber-policy solutions. In her discussion, she makes visible the sinews of power already embedded in our technology and explores how hidden technical governance arrangements will become the constitution of our future.

Speaker Bio

Dr. Laura DeNardis

Laura DeNardis is globally recognized as one of the most influential scholars in Internet governance. She is a Professor and Interim Dean of the School of Communication at American University and Faculty Director of the Internet Governance Lab. In 2018, she received American University’s highest faculty award, Scholar-Teacher of the Year. Among her six books are The Global War for Internet Governance (Yale University Press 2014) and The Internet in Everything: Freedom and Security in a World with No Off Switch (Yale University Press 2020). She is an affiliated fellow of the Yale Law School Information Society Project and previously served as its Executive Director. She also served as the Research Director for the Global Commission on Internet Governance from 2014-2016. She holds an Engineering Science degree from Dartmouth College, an MEng in information engineering from Cornell, a PhD in Science and Technology Studies from Virginia Tech, and was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from Yale Law School.

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On April 7th, CASCI will have a reading group to discuss a few articles selected by Laura DeNardis to help inform her presentation and discussion. The pre-reading is not necessary to attend her presentation. All are welcome to join us for the reading group.

Meeting Location

CASCI Group Activities:
2119 Hornbake Bldg. South Wing
11:00 am – 12:00 noon

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