The 15th annual Annenberg-Oxford Media Policy Summer Institute will be held from Monday, June 24 to Friday, July 5, 2013 at the University of Oxford.

The institute was established at the Programme for Comparative Media Law and Policy (PCMLP), Oxford University in 1998.  In 2005, the Annenberg School for Communication joined the institute as a co-organizer.  The annual Summer Institute brings together young scholars and regulators to discuss important recent trends in technology, international politics and development and its influence on media policy.

This year the summer institute will focus on two topics for inquiry and discussion. The first week will concentrate on studying media transitions and development, examining case studies of successful media transitions and analyzing the factors contributing to the development of democratic media systems. We will also examine case studies of transitioning societies, such as Burma, Syria, and Egypt. Part of the first week will also be devoted to new developments in comparative approaches to regulation, looking at Ofcom in the UK and other agencies, including examples from the Middle East, Africa and Asia. During the second week, participants and speakers will take a concentrated look at Internet and social media developments around the globe and the varying effects that these technologies have had on government, society, and global and local media policy. We will also be examining the various ways in which different types of internet actors (governments, domestic and international civil society, and private actors) attempt to influence the internet policy sphere.

Students at the institute include lawyers, regulators, journalists, and PhD students from around the world.  Countries represented at this year’s Summer Institute include: Iran, Italy, Bosnia & Herzegovina, India, Nigeria, Iceland, China, Israel, Colombia, Belgium, Ukraine, Brazil, Jordan, Egypt, Taiwan, Kenya, and Pakistan, among others.

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