Rodrigo Cetina Presuel is the Executive Director of the Real Colegio Complutense (RCC) at Harvard and a Researcher at the Institute for Global Law and Policy at the Harvard Law School. He is the co-Chair of the Law Section of the International Association for Media and Communication Research and the United States East Coast Ambassador for that same organization. Rodrigo is also an Adjunct Professor at the Center for Urban Science and Progress at New York University and the Communication Law and Policy Coordinator for the Jean Monnet ad Personam Chair in European Union Law and Government.
He conducts research related to freedom of expression and communication rights, particularly into how private entities are shaping the digital public sphere we use to communicate within the context of social networks, including the use of automated processes that govern and sometimes impede free expression, as well as the interaction between private entities that regulate speech and how governments are responding to the challenges of regulating expression and content online. Other research interests include tensions between human rights, democracy, the use of algorithms for decision-making and widespread online surveillance by both the state and private entities and how copyright law can get in the way of the exercise of the rights to seek, impart and receive information of the user. Apart from New York University, he has taught courses on media law and ethics, privacy and the monitoring of online behavior, corporate communication and communication research methods at Emerson College and Lasell College in Boston and at the City University of New York. His latest book, the Handbook of Communication Rights, Law and Ethics, is a co-edited volume on communication rights and freedom of expression from a comparative perspective, and it will be published by Wiley in April of 2021.
He holds a PhD in Communication Law and Policy from Complutense University of Madrid, a Master’s in International Law from Instituto de Estudios Bursátiles/Instituto Superior de Derecho y Economía, in Madrid, and a holds a Bachelor's in Law from Marist University in Mexico.