WHO: Laura DeNardis, Associate Professor of Communication, American University WHAT: Discussion and Analysis WHEN: July 14 - ongoing WHERE: Via telephone, in-studio, or at American UniversityContact: E. Floyd, American University Communications, 202-885-5935 or via e-mail: [email protected]

July 14, 2014 (Washington, DC) – Professor Laura DeNardis of American University is available to discuss the EU’s Right to be Forgotten ruling, a data protection ruling that has important implications for the protection of people's privacy as well as significant implications on the future of net neutrality. Under this ruling, private companies determine what Internet content to “delete if inadequate or irrelevant from its search results when requested to do so”. Professor DeNardis can speak from various viewpoints about this legislation and address specific concerns such as privacy protection, freedom of speech, censorship and the privatization of rights. She can also speak to how this legislation threatens net neutrality, a goal of the Internet that aims for universal access to information.Dr. Laura DeNardis is a globally recognized Internet governance scholar and a Professor and Associate Dean in the School of Communication at American University in Washington; D.C. She regularly provides ‘on the record’ comments about Internet governance theory and practice from an international perspective and the following related topics:

• ICANN• Net neutrality• Privacy and reputation online• Freedom of expression• Internet standardization• Internet architecture • Internet technology policies (corporate, technical design, and governmental) related to net neutrality• Cybersecurity• Internet resources: Internet addresses and domain name systems

Laura DeNardis is the author of The Global War for Internet Governance, focuses on Internet governance, including the social and political implications of Internet design and policy. She is also the Director of Research for the Global Commission on Internet Governance and, earlier this month was appointed by the U.S. Department of State to its Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy for a two-year term. Her expertise contributed to New York Times article, U.S. to Cede Its Oversight of Addresses on Internet and Fortune Magazine article, The U.S. is relinquishing control of domain names. Here's why.

American University is a leader in global education, enrolling a diverse student body from throughout the United States and nearly 140 countries. Located in Washington, D.C., the university provides opportunities for academic excellence, public service, and internships in the nation’s capital and around the world.

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