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Building Bridges Between Scholarship and Advocacy for Digital Media Policy
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 Export to Your Calendar 5/29/2019
When: 05/29/2019
9:00 AM
Where: American University
Washington, District of Columbia 
United States
Contact: Amanda Lotz

Online registration is available until: 5/3/2019
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Attendees are responsible for their own transportation.

OrganizersAmanda Lotz, Queensland U of Technology, Christopher Ali, U of Virginia; Phillip Napoli, Duke U

Division/Interest Group Affiliation(s)Communication Law and Policy; Media Industry Studies; Activism, Communication and Social Justice; Communication and Technology

DescriptionDigital communication has produced extraordinary changes around the globe. Whether for our personal communication, the operation of media industries, or countless daily tasks, internet access and the rules by which companies providing internet service and companies that rely on the internet to provide services structure daily activities for billions of people. It has also led to a number of new policy issues and exacerbated old ones. New issues, like network neutrality and global internet governance compete for regulatory and popular attention with endemic issues such as ownership concentration and universal service. These, and many others have stymied national regulators and hampered global policy conversations. Taking note of the many outstanding policy issues - both new and old - that come to the fore in the digital age, and the importance of multistakeholderism in digital communication policy making, this postconference focuses on some of the major policy issues surrounding digital communication and brings together experts on these topics from the ranks of both scholars and policy activists. The event will focus on three digital media policy issues that impact structural regulation: universal broadband access, competition, and revisiting policy for legacy media industries. The themes of bridging activist and scholarly engagement with these issues and the challenges of setting national policy for transnational media distribution systems will be addressed in discussion of each issue. The overarching goal is to provide venue in which policy researchers and policy activists can learn from one another, identify synergies, and cultivate collaborations. In addition to providing a rich intellectual experience, the preconference takes advantage of a key attribute of the 2019 ICA conference location and will reach out to many policy organizations and activists that call Washington home. The event will also create a valuable networking space to help facilitate connection and collaboration among scholars and activists focusing on common issues. The open call will request submissions of brief policy proposals rather than the type of scholarly research likely to be presented in regular conference sessions. Accepted proposals will be circulated to attendees in advance of the postconference so that the day can focus on engaged discussion and provide ample opportunity for attendees who are not presenting briefs to also participate in the days events.

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