Book Launch: ‘Negotiating Internet Governance’ by Roxana Radu

Book Launch: ‘Negotiating Internet Governance’ by Roxana Radu This book provides an incisive analysis of the emergence and evolution of global Internet governance, revealing its mechanisms, key actors and dominant community practices. Based on extensive empirical analysis covering more than four decades, it presents the evolution of Internet regulation from the early days of networking to more recent debates on algorithms and artificial intelligence, putting into perspective its politically-mediated system of rules built on technical features and power differentials. For anyone interested in understanding contemporary global developments, this book is a primer on how norms of behaviour online and Internet regulation are renegotiated in numerous fora by a variety of actors – including governments, businesses, international organisations, civil society, technical and academic experts – and what that means for everyday users. This is an open access title available under the terms of a CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 International licence. It is offered as a free PDF download from OUP and selected open access locations. For more information please click here.

2019 OXFORD MEDIA POLICY SUMMER INSTITUTE

2019 Oxford Media Policy Summer Institute will be held on 05- 16 August 2019.   

This year’s Summer Institute will focus on five key themes through which we will explore many of these challenges to policy and practice, with a particular focus on their effect on populations “at the margins” broadly understood. The five themes are extreme speech online, biometric technology in vulnerable populations, innovative efforts to connect the unconnected, algorithmic bias and inequality, and internet shutdowns.  By choosing these themes, we aim to explore issues such as online censorship, social media content regulation, net neutrality, surveillance and security, the spread of disinformation online, and the relationship between technology and democratic participation – amongst others.

Global Media & Policy Seminar Series: Chris Conder (Broadband for the Rural North)

Chris Conder co-founded Broadband for the Rural North (B4RN), a rural, community-owned, co-operative that delivers affordable 1Gbps symmetric broadband to rural farms in Lancashire, UK.  Rural regions in countries around the world suffer from lack of adequate broadband infrastructure. Even where access is available, ability to pay is often much lower in those regions. B4RN empowers communities to develop their own broadband solutions that are faster and cheaper than commercial internet service providers, and the B4RN model has become an inspiration for both not-for-profit and commercial broadband solutions for closing the digital divide in the UK and worldwide.

In this livestreamed seminar, Chris will share B4RN’s story – how this thriving community network went from an ambitious idea, driven by a desire and demand for connectivity, to a world-class community-run and community-enhancing internet provider, all while keeping the community at its core. Today, B4RN connects over 5000 homes in rural Lancashire.

For more information: https://b4rn.org.uk

To join the seminar, tune into YouTube Live (PCMLP Oxford) at 17:00 BST. Send us your questions/comments on YouTube or using #GlobalMediaQs on Twitter.

About the PCMLP Global Media & Policy Seminar Series

The Global Media & Policy Seminar Series is an online seminar series jointly organised between the University of Oxford’s Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy (at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies) and the University of Johannesburg’s School of Communication. The series fosters an international dialogue about pressing issues affecting new media and human rights, particularly at the margins. The speakers in this series tackle issues related to technology and policy across different contexts, including (among others) algorithmic bias and inequalities; misinformation and elections; social media and migration; extreme speech online; community-driven internet access solutions; autonomous and feminist infrastructure; and privacy. This innovative global seminar series uses the power of technology to bridge the geographic and epistemic distance between the global north and the global south – to bring together critical perspectives on new media in context and facilitate a diverse dialogue on the most important questions of human rights, internet governance and our technologically mediated lives.

Annenberg-Oxford Media Policy Summer Institute

For twenty years, the Institute has brought together top early career communications scholars, media lawyers and regulators, human rights activists, and policymakers from countries around the world to discuss the effects of technology, media, and policy from a global and multidisciplinary perspective. The Summer Institute provides participants with an intensive two week curriculum that combines expert instruction from media policymakers and scholars with hands-on activities such as stakeholder mapping, policy analysis, group case studies, and participant presentations.

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Internet Shutdowns in Africa Workshop

The Internet Shutdowns in Africa conference is a two-day programme aimed at sparking in-depth and productive conversations about the rise of internet shutdowns on the continent. It is organized by the ERC-funded ConflictNet programme at the University of Oxford’s Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy, the Bonavero Institute for Human Rights, and the Department of Journalism, Film and Television at the University of Johannesburg’s School of Communication.

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Asia Pacific 2017-18

The fifth Asia-Pacific Regional Rounds, hosted in partnership with Renmin University, took place from 29 November to 01 December, 2017 in Beijing.

North East Europe 2017-18

The second annual North East Europe Regional Rounds, hosted in partnership with National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Centre for democracy and rule of law and Kyiv-Mohyla Moot Court Society, took place from the 15 to the 17 December, 2017 in Kyiv.

North East Europe 2017-18

The second annual North East Europe Regional Rounds, hosted in partnership with National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Centre for democracy and rule of law and Kyiv-Mohyla Moot Court Society, took place from the 15 to the 17 December, 2017 in Kyiv.

South East Europe 2017-18

The sixth annual South East Europe Regional Rounds, hosted in partnership with the University of Zagreb, will take place from 21 to 23 December, 2017 in Zagreb.

Americas 2017-18

The sixth annual Americas Regional Rounds, hosted in partnership with the Center for Global Communication Studies at the Annenberg School (University of Pennsylvania), will take place from 1 to 4 of February, 2018 at Cardozo School of Law in New York.