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Public Scholarship for Transnational Advocacy: Digital Media Research in Action!

Guest Lecture by Dr. Jonathan Obar
May 28/13

Date: May 28/13
Time: 13:00 - 14:00
Location: Dr. Alvin Woods Building 3-105
Cost: Free

Jonathan Obar, PhD is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto, visiting assistant professor in Telecommunication, Information Studies, and Media at Michigan State University and associate director of the Quello Center for Telecommunication Management and Law (MSU). Dr. Obar is also a senior advisor with the Wikimedia Foundationís Global Education Program, and a Media Policy Fellow with the New America Foundation.

Jonathanís research has been published in a variety of academic journals, and generally focuses on the impact that digital technologies have on civil liberties, civic engagement and the inclusiveness of public culture in Canada and around the world.

Current work includes participation in the Open Society Foundationís 60+ country Mapping Digital Media initiative, the New America Foundationís 30+ country Ranking Digital Rights project, the Communication Research in Action: International Perspectives book project (strategiesformediareform.com), and the SurveillanceWatch and IXmaps counter-surveillance initiatives at UofT.

The benefits of public scholarship efforts that can result in both academic publication and transnational advocacy will be discussed. Examples from my work with the Open Society Foundationís 60+ country Mapping Digital Media initiative and the New America Foundationís 30+ country Ranking Digital Rights project will be highlighted. This will include a discussion of the following research topics: mobile leapfrogging and the digital divide, advocacy 2.0, and the challenge of personal data sovereignty in an age of big data.

Contact: Sylvia Hoang
Email: shoang@wlu.ca
Phone: 519.884.1970 x 2806

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