Louise Marie Hurel Silva Dias

Louise Marie Hurel Silva Dias

PhD Researcher

Department of Media and Communications

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Key Expertise
Cybersecurity, Internet governance, Cyber policy, STS.

About me

Research topic

Knowledge production, cybersecurity expertise, incident response.

Shifting Infrastructures of Power: repurposing knowledge and configuring maintenance in cybersecurity governance

This project draws from Science, Technology & Society (STS) studies to explore the constitutive character of security expertise in stabilising both technical and knowledge infrastructures underpinning cybersecurity. In this regard, I am both concerned with those that maintain the security, stability and resilience of networked and the politics that are often concealed or encoded into the everyday interactions of expert security communities with governments in the management of networks. I depart from Foucault’s “micro-physics of power” (1979) and thus from the understanding of power as exercised through “dispositions, manoeuvres, tactics, techniques, functionings; that one should decipher in it a network of relations, constantly in tension” (1979:26) to situate intrinsic tensions that permeate the mundane incident response security operations. Thus, this project is not only committed to revealing infrastructures, but exposing key exercises of power embedded in the stabilisation (or breakdown) of security of networked systems. Situated a context of emerging regulation of data flows and critical infrastructures, stalemate in international cybernorms development and confusion over responsibilities in national cybersecurity governance, this project is thus concerned with the investigation of the ‘emergence’, rather than ‘existence’, of contemporary forms of power through the analysis of national Computer Incident Response Teams (nCSIRT).


Prof. Robin Mansell & Dr. Jean-Christophe Plantin


Louise Marie Hurel is currently pursuing her PhD in Data, Networks and Society at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) researching technical security expertise, emerging security epistemologies, cybersecurity governance, and incident response. In 2017, Louise Marie concluded her MSc in Media and Communications (Data and Society) from the LSE (distinction), where she studied the governmentality of IoT Platforms – that is, relationship between big tech companies and technical architectures in shaping security. Prior to this, she finished her BA in International Relations from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (distinction), having been awarded for her dissertation “Cybersecurity and Internet Governance: Two Competing Fields”.

For more than five years, Louise Marie has continuously worked in the intersection between Internet governance and cybersecurity communities of practitioners. She has actively engaged in national, regional and international negotiations (track 1.5 and 2) and fora in both fields. Louise Marie leads research and cyberpolicy engagement at Igarapé Institute’s Cybersecurity and Digital Liberties Program, which includes, but is not restricted to projects related to the implementation of monitoring technologies for public security, IoT, and national cyber capacity building. She is also a non-resident research fellow at the Brazilian Naval War College (NAC-EGN) working on the geopolitics of technology. More generally, Louise Marie Hurel's work focuses on exploring interdisciplinary approaches to contemporary security challenges and the role of non-state actors in cybersecurity (Taylor and Francis Cyber Policy Journal), regional and national Internet governance (Universidad San Andrés, UPenn), and infrastructure security.

Her previous experience includes consultancy for technical bodies, a UNESCO project on “What if we all governed the Internet”, and research in Internet governance, privacy, and security at the Center for Technology and Society at Getúlio Vargas Foundation (CTS-FGV). She has also been actively involved in Internet governance spaces, also serving as representative for Europe in the Executive Committee of the Non Commercial Users’ Constituency at ICANN.

Louise Marie Hurel’s research is supported by LSE PhD Studentship.

Expertise Details

Cybersecurity; Internet governance; Cyber policy; STS.

Conference Presentations


Hurel, L.M. (2020, 08 Jun). Excepcionalidade e Responsabilização: O dilema do poder das plataformas durante o Covid-19? Lecture given to professionals and postgraduate students from State University of Paraíba.

Hurel, L.M. (2020, 19 May). A Construção da Segurança Cibernética. Lecture given to BA students in International Relations. Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. Online.

Hurel, L.M. (2020, 12 May). Brazil and European Union Cybersecurity overview: policies, institutions, and capacities. Online Panel discussion Security in Cyberspace: dynamics, limits and opportunities. Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society & Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul.

Hurel, L.M. (2020, 25 Feb). Reimagining the Internet: Latin America, Brazil and Internet Governance. Lecture given to MSc students from the War Studies Department. King's College London.

Hurel, L.M. (2020, 07 Feb). Communities of Technical Expertise: the institutionalisation of incident response in the EU. Presentation at INTERSECT Workshop "Future of EU Security: Issues, Concepts and Approaches". Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Hurel, L.M (2020, 20 Jan). Seeing the Unseen: Cybersecurity, Influence and Big Tech Companies. Lecture given to MSc students in Strategic Communications. King's College London.

Hurel, L.M. (2019, 19 Sept). Reconhecimento Facial no Brasil. Panel on “Tecnologias de reconhecimento facial: quais são os seus riscos e benefícios, como regular?”. X Seminário de Proteção à Privacidade e aos Dados Pessoais. CGI.br / NIC.br. São Paulo, Brazil.

“Looking outside the Bubble – the global view” – Panel discussion with Prof. Neville Bolt (King’s College), Fabrizio Hoschild (UN) and Michael Anti (Caixin Globus). NATO Strategic Communications Conference Riga, Latvia. June 12, 2019.

“From Global to Regional: Internet Governance and Cybersecurity in Latin America” – Lecture for Masters Students at King’s College London. Security and International Relations in Latin America. Course convenor: Dr. Vinicius Mariano de Carvalho. February 26, 2019.

“What now? Surveillance and Privacy for IoT” – Lecture at the Digital Threats to Democracy Course at the Department of International Relations from Getulio Vargas Foundation São Paulo (FGV-SP). Course convenor: Dr. Barrie Sandr. October 06, 2018.

“Cybersecurity and Internet Governance”. Lecture for Masters Students at King’s College London. Security and International Relations in Latin America. Course convenor: Dr. Vinicius Mariano de Carvalho. February 19, 2018.

Conference Papers:

Hurel, L.M. (2019). “Networks of Cooperation and Trust: An analysis of Incident Response in the EU”. Presented at the Third European Multidisciplinary Conference on Global Internet Governance Actors, Regulations, Transactions and Strategies. Discussed by William Drake and Lorenzo Pupillo.

Hurel, L.M. (2019). “The Mediation of Complex IoT Systems: Assembling and Disassembling Technological Artefacts”. Presented at the International Studies Association Conference 2019 (ISA). Discussed by Meryem Marzouki.

Hurel, L. M. & Lobato, L. C. (2019) “Cyber-Norms Entrepreneurship? Understanding Microsoft’s advocacy on cybersecurity”. Presented at the International Studies Association Conference 2019 (ISA). Discussed by Prof. Anna Leander

Hurel, L.M. (2017). “Universalizing Internet Access: An (inter)national agenda?” Presented at the International Studies Association Conference 2017. Discussed by Meryem Marzouki.

Hurel, L.M (2017). “Contested Understandings: Cybersecurity Governance”. Internet Governance Project Workshop. Georgia Tech University. Discussed by Prof. Michael van Eeten.

Hurel, L.M. (2016). “Cybersecurity and Internet Governance: The abyss in cyber-policy?” Presented at the International Studies Association Conference 2017 (ISA). Discussed by Drew Herrick.


Book Chapters:

Hurel, L. M. & Lobato, L. C. (forthcoming) “Cyber-Norms Entrepreneurship? Understanding Microsoft’s advocacy on cybersecurity”. In D. Broeders & B. Van Der Berg (Eds.), Governing Cyberspace: Behaviour, Power and Diplomacy. Rowman and Littlefield.

** Awarded Best Paper at the Hague Conference on Cyber Norms from Leiden University 2018.

Hinojosa, P., Aiken, K. & Hurel, L.M. (forthcoming). “Putting the Technical Community Back into Cyber (Policy)”. In E. Tikk & M. Kerttunen (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of International Cybersecurity. Routledge.

Hurel, L. M. & Lobato, L.C. (forthcoming) “Cybersecurity Governance in Brazil: Keeping Silos or Building Bridges?”. In M. Manjikian & S. Romaniuk (Eds.), Routledge Companion on Global Cyber-Security Strategy. Routledge.

Hurel, L.M. (2019).  Securitização e Governança da Segurança Cibernética no Brasil. In Reia, J., Francisco, P.A., Barros, M. & Magrani, E. (Eds.), Horizonte Presente: Tecnologia e Sociedade em Debate. Editora Letramento. [in English: Securitization and Cybersecurity Governance in Brazil]



Hurel, L.M. (2019). Reconhecimento Facial: Regular, Banir ou Punir. Revista Insight Inteligência [in English: Facial Recognition: Regulate, Ban or Punish?].

Hurel, Louise Marie. 2018. "Architectures of security and power:  IoT platforms as technologies of government". MSc Diss, London School of Economics and Political Science. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.28293.29920

Hurel, L. M. and Lobato, L.C. (2018) Unpacking Cybernorms: Private Companies as Norms Entrepreneurs. Journal of Cyber Policy. Taylor and Francis.

Hurel, L. M. and Santoro, M. (2018). Brazil, China and Internet Governance: Mapping Divergence and Convergence. Journal of China and International Relations.

Hurel, L.M. (2015). (Des)governança da Internet. Revista Insight Inteligência. [In English: Internet (Un)governance].



Hurel, L.M.; Lobato,L.C. (2018). Security and Privacy for the Internet of Things. Strategic Paper 31. Igarapé Institute.

Hurel, L.M.; Lobato, L.C. (2018). A Strategy for Cybersecurity Governance in Brazil. Strategic Paper 30. Igarapé Institute.

Aguerre, C.; Canabarro, D.R.; Callegari, A.; Hurel, L.M.; & Sautchuck, N. (2018). Mapping National Internet Governance Initiatives in Latin America. Report. Internet Policy Observatory. Annenberg School of Communication. UPenn.



Hurel, L.M. (2019). Brazil’s Financial Cybersecurity Challenges. Iupana. Available at: http://iupana.com/opinion_post/brazils-financial-cybersecurity-challenges/?lang=en 

Hurel, L.M.; Lobato, L.C. (2018). Levando Segurança nas Eleições a sério. O Globo. [In English: Taking Digital Security in Elections Seriously].

Muggah, R.; Hurel, L.M. (2018). Brazil Needs a Twenty-First Century Data Protection Strategy. Council on Foreign Relations.

Muggah, R.; Hurel, L.M. (2018). How Brazil Could Become a Regional Leader on Data Protection. Americas Quarterly.

Hurel, L. M. and Lobato, L.C. (2018). The challenge for fake news in Latin America. Nexo Jornal [op-ed in portuguese].

Louzada, L and Hurel, L. M. (2016). Leaks in electoral periods: democratic?. O Estadão [Op-ed in portuguese]

Magrani, E.; Castanheiras, B. & Hurel, L. M. (2016).The Trap of Technological Enthusiasm. Valor Econômico [Op-ed in portuguese]