• Thu
    24
    Jan
    2013
    Sun
    27
    Jan
    2013
    New York, USA

    The inaugural Americas Regional Rounds of the Price Moot Court Competition will be taking place from 24 - 27 January 2013 in New York.  The event is being organised in collaboration with the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania.

    Schools from Canada, the United States, Latin America, and the Caribbean will be competing in this exciting event, which will serve as a regional forum for dialogue and debate on media law and policy issues of profound significance.

    For more information, please see our website: http://pricemootcourt.socleg.ox.ac.uk/competitions/americas/2012-13

  • Wed
    30
    Jan
    2013
    Oxford Internet Institute

    Robin Mansell discusses dominant approaches by intergovernmental agencies to information society policy and the prospects for introducing critical perspectives that acknowledge the power relations which inform information society strategies and actions.

    Speaker: Professor Robin Mansell, London School of Economics

    Robin Mansell is Professor of New Media and the Internet at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her research focuses on how and why people communicate with each other, especially when their relationships are mediated by the use of information and communication technologies. She has a special interest in the relationships between institutional and micro-level change and in technological innovation, inequality and social justice. Her current research focuses on the social, political and economic influences of media and communication policy and regulation, with a special interest in governance arrangements for new media and the Internet. Topics central to her interest include: social and organizational transformation and new technologies; information and communication technology policy, regulation and governance; knowledge networks and innovation systems; and information and communication technologies and development.

  • Wed
    30
    Jan
    2013
    Wed
    27
    Feb
    2013
    Oxford Internet Institute

    The seminar series gathers leading scholars and practitioners to reflect on the influence of new communication technologies on development processes. The seminars will focus on the dramatic changes in citizens’ ability to coordinate and mobilize for political action, on global migration and its relation to digital media, and on how international and national actors are seeking to shape the applications of technology and communication.

  • Wed
    06
    Feb
    2013
    Oxford Internet Institute

    This seminar will explore technology and regulation in the Somali territories of the Horn of Africa. Despite weak or non-existent government institutions, innovation has flourished with local solutions to local challenges. Money transfer companies have been leading the expansion and investments in ICT development. Mobile banking, inexpensive internet connection, and dozens of media outlets are an unexpected reality in this war-torn region. How are ICTs regulated and the role of the private sector in ICT development, will be explored.

    Speaker: Mr Abdirashid Duale, CEO of Dahabshiil

    Mr Abdirashid Duale is a British-Somali entrepreneur, philanthropist, and the CEO of the multinational enterprise, Dahabshiil. In September 2012 he was cited by the Africa Report to be among the "50 most influential Africans". Abdirashid joined his father in the business prior to the outbreak of civil strife in Somalia in 1988, when they were forced to flee the country and make a fresh start. With limited resources and a strong network of contacts they rebuilt their business into one of the largest international money transfer companies in Africa. Abdirashid has worked on expanding Dahabshiil's reach into new markets and today Dahabshiil employs more than 2,000 people worldwide and has branches in 144 countries spread across five continents.

  • Wed
    13
    Feb
    2013
    Oxford Internet Institute

    In early March 2012 the Kony 2012 viral video took the world by storm. Attracting over 70 million views in less than a week from its release it was equally criticized and admired as an example of the power of social media. In this talk I will assess the optimism surrounding the opportunities that social media offer for humanitarian action. Drawing on the analysis of the phenomenally popular and controversial Kony 2012 campaign I observe that the architectures of social networking sites orientate action at a communitarian level which heightens their post-humanitarian style (Chouliaraki, 2012). However, an emerging new genre of reporting and commenting which I term “polymedia events” can potentially extend beyond the limitations of SNS communication by opening up the space for reflexivity and dialogical imagination.

    Speaker: Dr Mirca Madianou, University of Leicester

    Mirca Madianou is Senior Lecturer in Media and Communication at the University of Leicester. Her research examines the role of new communication technologies in the context of migration and transnational families in particular. She is the author of two books and several journal articles on new media and long distance relationships; migration and transnationalsm; media and nationalism; audiences (particularly the audiences for news media); and the role of emotions in mediated communication. Her research has been funded by the ESRC, ESF, the Mellon Foundation and CRASSH, Cambridge.

  • Mon
    18
    Feb
    2013
    Thu
    21
    Feb
    2013
    Doha, Qatar

    The Price Media Law Moot Court - Middle East Regional Rounds is organized by PCMLP and the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication as part of a larger effort to to strengthen media law and policy research, teaching, and practice in Qatar and the Middle East. Building on the strengths of the inaugural competition in February 2012, the second round will take place in Doha 18-21 February 2013. The competition will be held at Al Jazeera. Teams that are successful in these regional rounds will qualify to go on to participate in the 2013 International Rounds in Oxford.

    We are grateful for the support of our partners, Qatar University, Annenberg School for Communication and AlJazeera Media Training & Development Center.

    For more information, please see: http://pricemootcourt.socleg.ox.ac.uk/competitions/middle-east/2012-13

  • Wed
    20
    Feb
    2013
    Oxford Internet Institute

    Drawing on case study material, the paper focuses on ways in which definitions of ‘media’ and other technical objects act to promote or prevent ‘connection’. In a development context, the ways in which new media objects such as ICTs are defined in relation to other objects, people and institutions map out new figurations of power and connection, or new ‘technological zones’ (Barry), that revalue and recombine political agency. Consideration of the politics of technology needs to be moved away from seeing ICTs as neutral tools to be enabled or as problematic interventions to be contained; rather, we need to be able to make visible and negotiable the possible communicative assemblages that might be produced.

    Speaker: Dr Don Slater, London School of Economics

    Don Slater is a Reader in Sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Don Slater's Internet research has focused on ethnographic approaches to the new media, and has so far included an ethnography of Internet use in Trinidad - The Internet: An Ethnographic Approach, with Prof Daniel Miller (Berg: 2000); and a study of on-line pornography traders. He conducted an ethnography of community radio and internet in rural Sri Lanka (with Peter Lewis, LSE, and Jo Tacchi, QUT, under the auspices of UNESCO and DfID), which has been followed by a UNESCO programme of ethnographic action research with nine ICT projects in South Asia, and a two-year DfID-funded programme of comparative ethnographies of new media in India, Ghana, South Africa and Jamaica (with Daniel Miller, Jo Tacchi and Andrew Skuse).

  • Wed
    27
    Feb
    2013
    Oxford Internet Institute

    The discipline of ICT4D has never appeared more, or less, relevant. On the one hand, technology has become unprecedentedly pervasive, plastic, mobile, and cheap; increasingly based on open standards, emerging, platform-based architectures beckon towards an empowered era of development hubs, mashups, and commercial and social enterprise that increasingly offer those in emerging economies an independent, 'continuous beta' of thought and activity. On the other, it might be said that such positive developments challenge those working in ICT4D, and even 'development' itself, to engage in a new way with people who are increasingly 'doing it for themselves'. In this talk, I will try to address some of the opportunities and contradictions presented by this tension, and consider some emerging ways in which ICT4D researchers may contribute to the field.

    Speaker: Dr Mark Thompson, University of Cambridge

    Mark Thompson is Senior Lecturer in Information Systems at the University of Cambridge. He has sixteen years of information systems and change management consultancy experience, including four years with Andersen Consulting (Accenture). He is currently a Director of Methods Consulting, a UK top 20 business and IS consultancy. He is also a Main Board Member of Intellect, the UK's leading technology trade association. In 2007-2008 Mark was a senior adviser to the UK Shadow Cabinet under George Osborne, for whom he delivered an influential report proposing widespread adoption of open standards in government IT that has since become policy. Mark was credited by Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude as having laid the foundation for the government's current procurement strategy and has subsequently authored, co-authored, or significantly influenced a series of a series of white papers, policy documents, and a parliamentary committee Expert Report. Such documents include think-tank document Better for Less, which formed the strategy for Cabinet Office's Efficiency and Reform Group, a journal article that has been widely shared in government, the Government IT Strategy, and the Government Strategic Implementation Plan. Mark is a regularly invited industry and government speaker, and is also pioneering these ideas in practice through his London-based consultancy Methods, where he is delivering radical transformational organisational blueprints for over 10 pathfinding government organisations.

  • Tue
    09
    Apr
    2013
    Fri
    12
    Apr
    2013
    Manor Road Building and Law Faculty

    The 6th Price Moot Court Competition International Rounds are taking place in Oxford in April.  40 teams from around the world will compete in front of some of the most prominent figures in media law, and international benches of judges from different legal systems and backgrounds.Participating countries include: Australia, Brazil, China, Ethiopia, Georgia, India, Kenya, Singapore and Ukraine and many more.For more information about the competition, see: http://pricemootcourt.socleg.ox.ac.uk/competitions/oxford/2012-13

  • Fri
    12
    Apr
    2013
    The Cube, Law Faculty

    This workshop will examine the legal issues raised by Lord Justice Leveson's recently published Report into the Culture, Practices, and Ethics of the Press, triggered by the phone hacking scandal at the News of the World.As pressure mounts on the government to implement the proposals for reform of press regulation, a roundtable of experts in media law scholars will assess the legal issues raised by the Report, including the role of the new regulator, the relationship between press and politicians, data protection, and the public interest.

    The workshop will cut through the political rhetoric surrounding the debate and offer an indepth legal analysis of the principles underpinning the proposed reforms, in order to provide a set of fresh contributions to the debate on press regulation in the UK.

    For further details and registration, please visit the Event webpage of the Foundation for Law, Justice and Society: http://www.fljs.org/Leveson-12April

  • Thu
    25
    Apr
    2013
    Fri
    26
    Apr
    2013
    Nairobi, Kenya

    Organised by PCMLP, the Centre for Global Communications Studies, University of Pennsylvania and the Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Technology (CIPIT), Strathmore University Law School

    Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia have developed very distinctive approaches to the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for governance and peace-building. While the Ethiopian government has sought to capture and monopolize ICTs to support its political agenda, increasing service delivery but minimizing political dissent, in Somalia ICTs and innovation have thrived even in the absence of a central government with multiple internet and telecommunications providers competing to offer access at some of the cheapest prices on the continent. Kenya has emerged as Africa’s innovation hub, but has also faced significant challenges as it has sought to implement extraordinarily ambitious projects, as most recently seen during the 2013 elections when the voting tallying system failed, risking to spark tensions across the country.

    On 25-26 April scholars from Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia), Strathmore University (Kenya), Simad University (Somalia), CIPESA (Uganda), University of Pennsylvania (USA) and Oxford University (UK) will gather in Nairobi to examine the reasons behind the radically different approaches these three neighbors have developed towards ICTs and draw comparative lessons that can be extended to other countries in the continent. The workshop is part of a two-year project funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York on Eliciting and Applying Local Knowledge on Statebuilding and Peacebuilding in Africa.

    Participants include: Abdikarim Mohaidin Ahmed, Simad University, Somalia; Abdi Aynte, Heritage Institute of Policy Studies, Somalia; Isaac Rutenberg, Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Technology (CIPIT), Strathmore University Law School, Kenya; Douglas Gichuki, CIPIT; Christopher Ndungu, CIPIT; Nathan Tuimising, CIPIT; Zenebe Beyene, Addis Ababa University; Abdissa Zerai, Addis Ababa University; Ashnah Kalemera, CIPESA; Lillian Nalwoga, CIPESA; Wakabi Wairagala, CIPESA; Yikunnoamlak Mezgebu Zerabiruk & Gebeyehu Bekele Estifanose, Addis Ababa University; Lauren Kogen, University of Pennsylvania; Iginio Gagliardone, Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy (PCMLP), University of Oxford; Nicole Stremlau, PCMLP.

    Selected sessions will be open to students and other interested participants.  For further information, please contact Iginio Gagliardone: iginio.gagliardone@csls.ox.ac.uk.

  • Wed
    08
    May
    2013
    Wed
    05
    Jun
    2013
    Seminar Room D, Manor Road Building

    China’s media environment is a strong focus of attention for journalists and academics around the world. It is seen as the predominant sphere in which political and social change may be fostered, and a bellwether for broader issues in the mercurial China of today. Nonetheless, this debate is often held in black-and-white terms, focusing on censorship and control, while ignoring the much more complex and variegated reality, where fragmented actors continuously negotiate new situations and interests, and where government is often pushed in a reactive role. This term, PCMLP organizes a seminar series that will provide a deeper insight in the different factors shaping regulation and policymaking in relation to the Chinese Internet. These seminars will look at media law and policy developments in China from different angles, in order to provide a more comprehensive view of developments.

    8 May: Micro Opinions in Macro China: Networks Embedded in Hierarchical Structures
    Hui Xue – Ph.D. Candidate, MacQuarie University

    15 May: The Legislative Environment of the Internet in China
    Xia Yan – Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, Chongqing University of Post and Telecommunications

    22 May: Regulatory Responses to User-Generated Content on the Chinese Internet
    Bingchun Meng – Lecturer, School of Media and Communications, London School of Economics

    29 May: China Dream, Positive Energy and TV Entertainment: The Tightrope Walking of
    Chinese Provincial TV Stations
    Zhao Yu – Associate Professor, Media & Foreign Culture College, Zhejiang University

    5 June: Developing Media Tort Law in China
    Perry Keller – Senior Lecturer, Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London

    All are welcome, no registration is necessary. Seminars are followed by drinks and nibbles.
    For more information, e-mail Dr. Rogier Creemers (convenor): rogier.creemers@csls.ox.ac.uk.

  • Wed
    19
    Jun
    2013
    Seminar Room D, Manor Road Building

    Much attention has been paid in recent years to the development of media and culture in China.  Often, however, this discussion is limited towards particular topics, including politics, protest and censorship.  At the same time, Chinese culture and media are developing - and often flourishing - in ways that remain less clear to outside observers.  Emerging phenomena such as online literature, mobile content and "self-media" are reshaping economic and social aspects of media and culture, often in unexpected ways.  This seminar benefits from the participation of a number of distinguished scholars from Zhejiang University's Department of Communication and International Culture, who will give us a better sense of important, bottom-up media and culture evolutions occurring in the China of today.

    Participants:
    Wu Fei, Dean, Media and International Culture College, Zhejiang University
    Fan Zhizhong, Dean, Visual Arts and New Media Department, Zhejiang University
    Wei Lu, Assistant Dean, Media and International Culture College
    Jin Lian, Assistant Dean, Media and International Culture College
    Li Hongtao, Associate Professor, Media and International Culture College

    All are welcome, no registration is required. For more information, please contact Dr. Rogier Creemers, Convener (rogier.creemers@csls.ox.ac.uk)

  • Mon
    24
    Jun
    2013
    Fri
    05
    Jul
    2013
    Oxford, UK

    The 15th annual Annenberg-Oxford Media Policy Summer Institute will be held from Monday 24 June to Friday 5 July 2013 at the University of Oxford.  The institute brings together young scholars and regulators from around the world for two weeks 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.

    The schedule and participants and other details can be found on the Institute's microsite.

  • Wed
    18
    Sep
    2013
    Fri
    20
    Sep
    2013
    Manor Road Building

    On 19 and 20 September 2013, CSLS and PCMLP will host the annual conference of the Europe-China Law Studies Association. This conference will bring together leading academics, professionals and policymakers working in the area of Chinese law. A provisional programme can be found below. Participation is free, but registration is required as spaces are limited. Please register via e-mail: ecls2013oxford@gmail.com.

    The full programme is available here.

  • Tue
    15
    Oct
    2013
    Seminar Room A, Manor Road Building

    This will be a book launch for Michael Starks new publication on The Digital Television Revolution- Origins to Outcomes.

    Speakers:

    Professor Robert Picard, Director of Research, Reuters Institute

    Michael Starks, Associate of the PCMLP and author of The Digital Television Revolution - Origins to Outcomes

    Mark Thompson, Editor, Open Society Foundations

    Panel discussion and book launch, followed by a wine reception

    Seminar hosted by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism and the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy

  • Mon
    21
    Oct
    2013
    Seminar Room A, Manor Road Building
    As part of the Socio-Legal Studies Seminar Series, Dr Nicole Stremlau presents on Somalia: Media Law in the Absence of a State.

    Somalia is often described as ‘lawless’ or ‘the world’s most failed state’, a characterization that overlooks the way law and governance actually works in the absence of a capable central government. This presentation will explore the role of xeer law, or customary law, in regulating media, including both older media, such as poetry, and newer media, such as mobile phones, in Somalia’s complex legal environment. While Somalia remains one of the most dangerous regions of the world for journalists, dozens of radio stations are broadcasting in South-Central Somalia and there is a competitive newspaper industry in Somaliland. In addition, the telecoms industry is booming with some of the best connections and lowest rates on the continent for the internet and mobile phones. What legal frameworks allow technology and media companies to feel confident to invest in Somalia? Various authorities govern media and resolve conflicts across the Somali territories. To understand media ‘law’ in this region we must look beyond the formal state structures.

  • Fri
    25
    Oct
    2013
    White & Case Lecture Room, Law Faculty

    A workshop presented in collaboration with the National Law University, Delhi

    After the widely publicised revelations by Edward Snowden, India has been alarmed by the discovery that its move to digital communication has resulted in confidential government information becoming easily accessible to the United States of America. The new digital public sphere which was embraced enthusiastically over the last decade, suddenly looks fragile. It appears that the covert and widespread monitoring may have a chilling effect on speech.

    If many now see seemingly-confidential communication on the Internet as vulnerable to intruders, there have also been increasing concerns about more public forms of Internet speech, such as the spread of rumours or images which allegedly incite violence between different communities. The most recent manifestation of this is the Muzaffarnagar violence in India, which has been attributed both to the social media and to inflammatory public speeches. Similar concerns were raised about the role of speech during what was popularly known as the ‘North Eastern Exodus’ in Bangalore. In both situations, the Internet was accused, along with other media, of being responsible for spreading harmful speech.

    This panel will engage with these contemporary issues that envelop both the digital and the traditional media. It will look at the effects of surveillance, prior restraints on speech, intermediaries and other key factors on the public sphere. It will also consider, in this context, the relationship of the traditional media with the Internet. This discussion will take place in the backdrop of evolving democratic engagement in India, and the constitutional jurisprudence that attempts to keep pace with it and with developments in communication technology. It will offer comparative perspectives from other countries grappling with similar concerns.

  • Wed
    30
    Oct
    2013
    Seminar Room D, Manor Road Building

    This seminar examines ongoing research on a subset of hate speech, “dangerous speech,” that has a special capacity to catalyse violence. It describes an innovative framework to identify such speech, which was adapted for use in the yearlong Umati project – in which Kenyan monitors scrubbed their country’s online spaces, for hate speech and dangerous speech. They assembled a remarkable dataset, which informed attempts to diminish the force of dangerous speech. The seminar will also explore how a similar approach can be adapted to other normative climates.

    For more information see: http://www.worldpolicy.org/susan-benesch.

  • Fri
    15
    Nov
    2013
    Lecture Theatre, Manor Road Building

    The increasing availability of data produced through old and new media, from the radio to the mobile phone, and of techniques to analyse them, offers unprecedented opportunities to map and understand ongoing conflicts. New projects have been launched to collect voices, map hate speech, denounce abuses in real time, and track ongoing violence.

    The availability of new tools, however, is also presenting new challenges. Campaigns such as #Kony2012 may give the impression that conflicts can be studied and sometimes resolved at a distance. And while big data offers the opportunity to map some of the trends that characterize a conflict, they may obfuscate how conflict is perceived and understood by those who live and suffer from it. This workshop addresses some of these ongoing trends and challenges, by bringing together scholars from different disciplines to understand how information in conflict and post-conflict areas can be gathered, interpreted and analysed in complementary ways.

    PANEL I, 14.00 – 15.20
    Chair: Iginio Gagliardone (Programme in Comparative Media Law & Policy, CSLS, University of Oxford)

    Hate Speech and Social Media: Understanding Users, Networks and Information Flows
    William Housley, Adam Edwards and Matthew Williams (COSMOS, Cardiff University)

    Patterns of Justification in Hate Speech and Violence
    Jonathan Leader Maynard (New College, University of Oxford)

    PANEL II, 15.40 – 17.00
    Chair: Richard Caplan (Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford)

    The fear factor is a main thing: How information on security shapes authority: The case of the Lord’s Resistance Army
    Mareike Schomerus and Anouk S. Rigterink (Justice and Security Research Programme, London School of Economics)

    Managing Public Opinion in China: More Speech, More Sophisticated Control
    Thomas Kellogg (Northeast Asia Program Director, Open Society Foundations)

    17.00 Wine Reception

    About Us: The Interpretive Analysis Network (IAN) is a space created by the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford to reflect on innovations and challenges in using qualitative research methods in the social sciences. For more information about IAN, please visit the IAN Weblearn site, join us on Facebook. IAN is convened by Dr Iginio Gagliardone (iginio.gagliardone@csls.ox.ac.uk) and Kate Roll (kate.roll@gtc.ox.ac.uk)

  • Fri
    15
    Nov
    2013
    Seminar Room A, Manor Road Building

    Speaker: Thomas Kellogg (Open Society Foundations)

    For much of 2013, a vigorous and wide-ranging debate has raged in intellectual circles in China over the need for constitutional reform. The debate has seen the emergence of three camps: the socialist constitutionalists, who favour a gradualist reform path that adheres to the current constitution; the liberals, who are sceptical that meaningful reform can and will take place under existing constitutional arrangements; and the Leftists, who have vigorously attacked reform proposals as no more than thinly-veiled attempts to undermine the one-Party state.

    This debate, which reached its apex during the summer months, has now quieted somewhat, with socialist constitutionalists reasserting their position as the voice of the moderate mainstream. Though the outpouring of commentary has not led to any specific reforms, nonetheless it did demonstrate the strong consensus among academics and intellectuals in favour of constitutional change. The debate also highlighted the frustration among many intellectuals over the glacial pace of legal and political reform over the past decade, and served as a vehicle for public outreach and education on the meaning of and prospects for constitutional development in China.

    All are welcome, no registration is necessary. For more information, please contact Dr. Rogier Creemers (convener): rogier.creemers@csls.ox.ac.uk.

  • Mon
    18
    Nov
    2013
    Seminar Room D, Manor Road Building

    This talk is being given by Dr Paolo Cavaliere as part of the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies Michaelmas Term 2013 Seminar Series.

  • Mon
    25
    Nov
    2013
    Seminar Room E, Manor Road Building

    Speaker: Lucy Montgomery (Knowledge Unlatched)

    Although digital technology has made it possible for many more people to access content at no extra cost, fewer people than ever before are able to read the books written by university-based researchers.

    This presentation explores the role that open access licenses and collective action might play in reviving the scholarly monograph: a specialised area of academic publishing that has seen sales decline by more than 90% over the past three decades.

    It also introduces Knowledge Unlatched, an ambitious attempt to create an internationally coordinated, sustainable route to open access for scholarly books.  Knowledge Unlatched is now in its pilot phase: seeking support from at least 200 libraries from around the world to ‘unlatch’ a collection of 28 new titles.

    Dr Lucy Montgomery is a Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellow at Queensland University of Technology and Deputy Director of Knowledge Unlatched. She is interested in the role of digital technology and intellectual property in business model innovation in the creative industries.

    All are welcome, no registration is necessary. For more information, please contact Dr. Rogier Creemers (convener): rogier.creemers@csls.ox.ac.uk