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Researching Internet Governance: Methods, Frameworks, Futures

Tuesday, September 22
12:00 PM Eastern 
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Join American University's Internet Governance Lab's Faculty Directors Derrick Cogburn, Laura DeNardis, Nanette Levinson and Global Fellow Francesca Musiani on Tuesday, September 22nd at 12pm Eastern for the launch of their new book, Researching Internet Governance: Methods, Frameworks, Futures.
The event will be moderated by Anriette Esterhuysen, Chair, United Nations Internet Governance Forum's Multistakeholder Advisory Group and Senior Advisor Global and Regional Internet Governance, Association for Progressive Communications.
Special guest speakers include: Sandra Braman, Ron Deibert, Jeanette Hofmann, Eric Jardine, Rikke Frank Jørgensen, Milton L Mueller, Niels ten Oever, Kieron O’Hara, Rolf Weber.

About the book:
A multidisciplinary book that takes internet governance research as a research subject in its own right, discussing methods and conceptual approaches.

The design and governance of the internet has become one of the most pressing geopolitical issues of our era. The stability of the economy, democracy, and the public sphere depend on the stability and security of the internet. Revelations about election hacking, facial recognition technology, and government surveillance have gotten the public's attention and made clear the need for scholarly research that examines internet governance both empirically and conceptually. In this volume, scholars from a range of disciplines consider research methods, theories, and conceptual approaches in the study of internet governance.

The contributors show that internet governance is not only about governments; it is enacted through technical design, resource coordination, and conflicts at various invisible control points. They discuss such topics as the emergence of “internet governance” as an area of academic study and a real-world policy arena; the scholarly perspectives of STS, the law, computer science, and political science; the use of big data and text mining in internet governance studies; and cybersecurity.

Researching Internet Governance is available for free download via open access here courtesy of MIT Press.

Book Launch: Story Movements: How Documentaries Empower People and Inspire Social Change

Monday, October 5
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Join us on Monday, October 5th at 6pm Eastern for the launch of Assistant Professor Caty Borum Chattoo’s new book, Story Movements: How Documentaries Empower People and Inspire Social Change (Oxford University Press). Caty will be joined in conversation with Elaine McMillion Sheldon, an Academy Award-nominated, and Emmy and Peabody-winning documentary filmmaker (Heroin(e), Recovery Boys), moderated by Professor Leena Jayaswal, AU School of Communication Interim Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Director of the Photography Program. Also a documentary filmmaker, Leena is a member of Brown Girls Doc Mafia and New Day Films.

Films Across Borders: Stories of Resilience and Hope 2020 Kick Off Event Featuring "For Sama"

Tuesday, October 6
12:00 PM Eastern 
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Join us on Tuesday, Oct 6 at 12 pm ET for a live virtual panel discussion about For Sama

For Sama is both an intimate and epic journey into the female experience of war. A love letter from a young mother to her daughter, the film tells the story of Waad al-Kateab's life through five years of the uprising in Aleppo, Syria as she falls in love, gets married and gives birth to Sama, all while cataclysmic conflict rises around her. Her camera captures incredible stories of loss, laughter and survival as Waad wrestles with an impossible choice - whether or not to flee the city to protect her daughter's life, when leaving means abandoning the struggle for freedom for which she has already sacrificed so much. The film is the first feature documentary by Emmy award-winning filmmakers Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts. Awards include 2020 BAFTA for Best Documentary, 2020 Peabody Award and 2019 European Film Academy Documentary Award.

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Recent Past Events

PBS FRONTLINE Presents: Plastic WarsTuesday, September 15
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Frontline_Plastic WarsJoin us for a live panel discussion with the producers of Plastic Wars, a FRONTLINE and NPR investigation, co-produced with the Investigative Reporting Workshop at AU’s School of Communication. The film asks: Did the plastic industry use recycling to sell more plastic? With the industry expanding like never before and the crisis of ocean pollution growing, the film examines the fight over the future of plastics. Executive Director of SOC’s Center for Environmental Filmmaking Maggie Burnette Stogner will moderate. This event co-sponsored by Investigative Reporting Workshop, Office of Sustainability, Center for Environmental Filmmaking and the School of Communication. 

Beyond Cambridge Analytica: Microtargeting and Online Campaigns in 2020Wednesday, September 2
10:00 AM
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beyond_cambridge-eventbrite2Use of data and microtargeting in political advertising were famously critiqued after in the 2016 US elections, and in relation to other recent influence campaigns around the world. Though the principal firm known for these campaigns, Cambridge Analytica, shuttered in 2018, these techniques are still widely employed, and several former CA employees are now involved with new data analytics and campaign firms including Datapropria, which has been linked to the 2020 election. For this event, two of the foremost researchers into online political communications, Dr. Emma Briant (Bard College) and Dr. David Karpf (George Washington University) discuss evolving campaign strategy and methods, clarify lingering myths and misunderstandings and reflect on the significance, impact and lessons for campaign communications in the 2020 US presidential election and beyond. The conversation will be moderated by SOC Professor Dr. Aram Sinnreich. 

Lost in a Gallup? Will Journalists and Pollsters Get This Election Wrong?Tuesday, August 4
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Lost_in_a_GallupAre we heading for another election surprise? Might the polls, pundits, and journalists be wrong about the 2020 race? Join us at 5 p.m. August 4 for an online discussion in which American University experts address the polls, the media, the voters, and the presidential election. This hour-long discussion will center around Lost in a Gallup, a new book by Professor W. Joseph Campbell of the School of Communication. Lost in a Gallup examines eight cases of polling failure in U.S. presidential elections from 1936 to 2016, and argues that polling failure is often journalistic failure as well. Campbell will be joined in the discussion by Professor Candice Nelson of AU’s School of Public Affairs and academic director of AU's Campaign Management Institute. Professor John C. Watson of the School of Communication will be moderator, and audience questions will be taken up. School of Communication Interim Dean, Dr. Laura DeNardis, will offer welcome remarks. Lost in a Gallup is being published in August by University of California Press and may be pre-ordered at

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