Building Bridges Between Scholarship and Advocacy for Digital Media Policy
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When: 05/29/2019
9:00 AM
Where: American University
4400 Massachusetts Ave NW
The McKinley Building (MCK 100)
Washington, District of Columbia  20016
United States
Contact: Amanda Lotz

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By Metro

The closest Metro subway station is the Tenleytown-AU stop on the Red line. From the station, you can take the AU shuttle that is located on the corner of 40th St. NW and Ablemarle St. NW, in front of the Whole Foods.

By Bus

DC Metro Bus routes M4, N2, N4, and N6 stop at the AU main campus near the Katzen Arts Center and/or Ward Circle.


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


The transition from analog to digital media has 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.


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 day begins with a pathcharting talk identifying the key policy issues digital technologies introduce for communication policy scholars. A morning panel titled Connecting the Unconnected: Universal Service in Neoliberal Times then brings together four policy proposals on this topic and responses from leading policy scholars and advocates. Conversation continues over a provided lunch, which is followed by an afternoon panel on Media Policy in the Age of ‘Platforms’ that features a discussion of policy proposals dealing with ownership (divestiture, narrowing the allowable scope of companies that lack direct competition and benefit from network effects), cultural policy to support journalism, mechanisms for curbing hate speech, establishing human rights for privacy and data collection, regulating programmatic advertising, and regulatory imbalance. The day ends with a panel led by experienced policy advocates aimed at identifying opportunities to advance policy agendas.  


Policy proposal briefs and provocations will be circulated in advance to registered attendees. The postconference format encourages attendance and participation by those not presenting proposals.