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Exploring the Intersection of Law and Communication: How a Penn Professor Influenced Anika Gururaj’s Academic Journey

Sandra González-Bailón, a professor of communication at Penn, had a profound impact on Anika Gururaj’s academic journey. Gururaj, a first-year student from Bangalore, India, initially arrived at Penn without a specific major in mind. However, her interest in law was sparked during a course on the history and theory of freedom of expression taught by Carolyn Marvin.

Gururaj found herself fascinated by legal cases, rhetoric, and literature, leading her to explore the relationship between law and communication further. Her academic experiences at Penn have been transformative, as she delved into the implications of groundbreaking legislation regulating privacy laws for social media platforms in the European Union through her independent study on the Digital Services Act (DSA).

The DSA has allowed Gururaj to analyze the delicate balance between free expression and privacy rights within current regulatory frameworks. González-Bailón believes that attending law school is the next logical step for Gururaj to develop and expand on her ideas within these frameworks.

Gururaj’s love for theoretical learning combined with practical implications led her to pursue more communication courses and eventually become a communication major. Her interest in law developed during a course on the history and theory of freedom of expression taught by Carolyn Marvin. Gururaj found herself fascinated by legal cases, rhetoric, and literature.

Another significant academic experience was taking “Communication in the Networked Age” with Sandra González-Bailón. This course prompted Gururaj to consider the impact of technologies like Facebook and Instagram on privacy and free speech.

For her independent study, Guruj focused on analyzing the Digital Services Act (DSA) within the European Union. This study allowed her to delve into the implications of this groundbreaking piece of legislation regulating privacy laws for social media platforms in Europe.

Sandra González-Bailón believes that attending law school is the next logical step for Guruj to develop and expand on her ideas within current regulatory frameworks.

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