Speaker & Moderator Bios for February IPNSIG Academy Webinars


Your Speaker:  Dr. Laura DeNardis is a Professor and inaugural endowed Chair in Technology, Ethics, and Society atGeorgetown University. Professor DeNardis is recognized as a leading Internet governance expert in both the United States and around the world. Wired UK recently named her one of “32 Global Innovators Who are Building a Better Future” and her book The Internet in Everything: Freedom and Security in a World with No Off Switch (Yale University Press) was recognized as a Financial Times Top Technology Book of 2020. Among her seven books, The Global War for Internet Governance (Yale University Press), is widely considered the definitive source for understanding power struggles over digital infrastructure.

Your Moderator: Jim Schier is currently the Chief Architect for NASA’s Space Communications and Navigation Program at NASA Headquarters. He leads NASA-wide and international studies defining the evolution of NASA’s space communications networks including the Near Space Network, Deep Space Network, and emerging lunar network, LunaNet. He co-chairs the international Committee to Study LunaNet Governance. He joined NASA in 2004 after 25 years in industry where he worked on civil, defense, intelligence, and commercial space systems. He worked for Northrop Grumman supporting the National Reconnaissance Office where he was responsible for system-of-systems architecting for our nation’s network of reconnaissance satellites. He led system engineering tasks on commercial satellite systems including the Iridium and Thuraya satellite networks. Mr. Schier was Avionics Manager and Chief System Engineer on the International Space Station at Grumman. He received a NASA Exceptional Service Medal for his work on space communications and navigation, a NASA Administrator’s Group Award on behalf of the team that redesigned the Space Station, a Silver Snoopy award for his work on Spacelab 3, and numerous other corporate and NASA awards. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Computer Science from Purdue University and studied Electrical Engineering at West Coast University. In his spare time, he is a docent giving public tours at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum.

DATE: February 1, 2023

TIME: 1700 – 1800 Eastern Time (US & Canada)


The webinar is free, but you must register to attend. Register here.