March 2017 events

I’m on the road again this month for a series of events related to Ranking Digital Rights, my dissertation fieldwork, and my ongoing research on the geopolitics of information.
I start the month in Valencia for the Internet Freedom Festival (March 6-10), where I will facilitate a session on “Using the Ranking Digital Rights Accountability Index for Advocacy and Research.” The 2017 Index comes out on March 23. I’ll also participate in a conversation between activists and academics on “Building the Internet Policy Research Community.” And of course, I’ll be doing dissertation fieldwork throughout the IFF.
Next, I leave sunny Spain for two weeks at Central European University in Budapest. I look forward to presenting my new article, “Networked authoritarianism and the geopolitics of information: Understanding Russian internet policy,” at the School of Public Policy. All are welcome to attend. My RDR colleagues and I will also host an event to celebrate the 2017 Index launch on March 23. I hope to get some writing done while I’m in Budapest, but we’ll see how that goes…
My third stop is at RightsCon in Brussels, where I am involved in two major events: the Index’s official European launch on March 29, and a roundtable discussion on doing company-oriented research and advocacy. This will be the biggest, best RightsCon yet, so it’s sure to be a busy week full of thought provoking dissertation fodder.
It’s going to be a whirlwind, but I’m looking forward to all the connections and insights!
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Update

I had the opportunity to give a series of invited talks in late November and early December 2016. I presented my paper, First they came for the poor: surveillance of welfare recipients as an uncontested practice, at the Institute for Network Cultures’ MoneyLab conference in Amsterdam. I also discussed my dissertation research and my fellowship at Ranking Digital Rights as part of a lunch seminar at the University of Amsterdam’s DATACTIVE research lab. Finally, I represented Ranking Digital Rights at the opening conference of the University of Copenhagen’s The Peoples’ Internet research project.

Later in December, the Centre for Innovation in Global Governance published “Corporate Accountability for a Free and Open Internet,” by Rebecca MacKinnon, Priya Kumar and myself, as part of its Global Commission on Internet Governance paper series. It will also be published as part of a volume in 2017.