Mawaki Chango, a Ph.D. candidate at the Syracuse University School of Information Studies (iSchool), will be one of the featured panelists at the Syracuse University College of Law’s 5th annual symposium of the Communication Law & Policy Society (CLPS). The CLPS symposium will take place at the Genesee Grande Hotel in Syracuse on Saturday, February 20, from 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m.

The symposium’s theme will be “Law chasing technology: The perpetual pursuit.” The event will bring together scholars and practitioners who will engage in lively panel discussions on what role law and government should play in the development of the technology sector. Panels at the symposium will include:

  • How Net Neutrality Will Affect the Entertainment Industry
  • Understanding Your Electronic Footprint: ID Management in New Media
  • Women & Communication: Breaking the Digital Ceiling
  • Google Books: Balancing Access & Power
  • Tech Reporting & Policy
  • Applying New Technologies to the Children’s Television Act
  • Revolution Around the Corner: The National Broadband Plan

Chango will participate in the panel on ID management in new media, which will take place from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m.

Chango’s research interests include the history of technology, policy, Internet governance, identification systems, digital identity, and privacy. Prior to pursuing a doctorate at the iSchool, he earned two master’s degrees in France: one in Philosophy at Lille-3 University and the other in Political Science at Panthéon-Sorbonne University, Paris-1.

Chango has collaborated with several international organizations, including UNESCO, the International Developm
ent Research Centre, and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. His work has involved coordinating information and communication technology (ICT) applications for development, and he has served as associate researcher and senior coordinator for an ICT indicators survey in Africa.

Chango was a fellow at the Secretariat of the Working Group on Internet Governance set up by the World Summit on the Information Society. In addition, he was elected to serve a two-year term from 2006 to 2007 with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) as policy councilor for Internet generic domain names. He is a member of the Internet Governance Caucus.