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Communication & Cultural Policy in the Age of the Platform

May 7-8, 2020
McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada
A conference presented by the Communication Governance Observatory (CGO) and the Centre for Networked Media and Performance (CNMAP)
Algorithms and digital platforms play increasingly important roles in governing how we communicate and how we discover and engage with media and culture. The ‘platform turn’ in dominant media systems has significant implications for life opportunities, employment, participation in the digital economy (whose content is distributed and prioritized?), the star system (who is promoted and how? what counts as success?), politics (which and whose perspective is dominant? how has political deliberation and debate been re-mediatized?), international relations (whose view of the world is dominant?) and social relations (how are inequities in representation reproduced and transformed?).
This conference will draw together researchers in Canada and beyond to explore the intersections between media/communications/cultural policy and platforms. All submissions related to this theme are welcome, including research in the areas of arts policy, broadcasting policy, communication rights, Indigenous communication and cultural policy, competition policy, cultural industries policy, heritage policy, internet policy, media policy, speech regulation, privacy, smart city regulation, and platform regulation. We welcome analysis and case studies at all levels of policy-making, including municipal, provincial and federal, and Indigenous and international research.
Confirmed keynote speakers and presenters include Edward Greenspon (Public Policy Forum), Jesse Wente (Indigenous Screen Office), Sharon McGowan (Women in Film and Television-Vancouver, UBC), Laura Tribe (Open Media), Philippe Tousignant (CRTC), David Ogborn (McMaster), Jonathan Paquette (University of Ottawa), Philip Savage (McMaster), Leslie Regan Shade (University of Toronto), Tamara Shepherd (University of Calgary), Ira Wagman (Carleton), and Dwayne Winseck (Carleton).
The conference will consider the following key questions: