We are pleased to announce that Drs. Brenden Kuerbis and Stefania Milan have joined us as Post-Doctoral Fellows.

Brenden KuerbisBrenden Kuerbis is a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Internet Security Governance at the Citizen Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. Blending theories of principal-agent delegation, standardization, and social network analysis techniques, Kuerbis’s research focuses on critical Internet resources and how governments influence their governance. His dissertation examined efforts of United States government agencies to secure the Domain Name and routing systems (i.e., DNSSEC, RPKI). He is currently researching efforts to shape digital identity to secure cyberspace, as well as Internet address scarcity and the transition to IPv6.

Brenden is a contributor to the Internet Governance Project, a leading source for coverage and analysis of the management of critical Internet resources and political economy of global Internet policy that is widely read by governments, industry and civil society. Kuerbis earned his Ph.D. at the Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies.


Stefania MilanStefania Milan studied communication sciences at the University of Padova, Italy, and holds a PhD in Political and Social Sciences from the European University Institute. Her research interests include digital technologies and participation, social movements, radical internet activism, and the interplay between technologies and society. She enjoys experimenting with digital, participatory and action-oriented research methods, and seeks to find ways of bridging research with policy and action. Stefania taught communications governance, digital technologies, and digital research methods at the University of Lucerne, Switzerland, and at the Central European University, Hungary. She has worked extensively in international media outlets and has been involved in media activism projects.

At the Citizen Lab, under the supervision of Prof. Deibert, Dr. Milan will investigate bottom-up infrastructure development. She will analyze how political and cultural values of activists and developers affect technology development and how it shapes power in cyberspace.