I am very appreciative of this year’s recognition. I learned long ago from my mentor that teaching is the most impactful and gratifying aspect of being a professor. And ICCIT students make it seem easy somehow.
I am very excited to announce the launch of the new Upping The Anti website. Click Here: https://uppingtheanti.org/
Happy to be invited back to speak about another important issue. Have a listen here: The Start
The morning team invited me on to talk about Internet law, social media policy, and the utterance of threats. Here’s a link to the audio: The Start
Read the full article here: Unifor organizer Lisabeth Pimentel suing over allegations of racism, harassment
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I was quoted in an article entitled “Bacon or meteorite? Royal Ontario Museum gets in on #WorldEmojiDay action.” To read the article CLICK HERE
I was on CTV this weekend talking about Facebook’s decision to demote fake news in the News Feed. See the clip here while it lasts: CLICK HERE
The Toronto Sun asked me to comment on the risks to your career from making provocative social media posts. Read the story here: Toronto Sun
This award from the ICCIT students means more to me than just about any other professional accolade. I am honored to be their Professor.
We at the Union for Democratic Communications are excited about the upcoming 2018 UDC Conference in Chicago, Illinois, May 10th-12th. For conference details and registration information see the following link: http://www.democraticcommunications.org/
I am very excited to be presenting one of the keynote addresses at this year’s Open Institute V2 in Funchal, Madeira island’s capital, Portugal. I will be speaking on the limits to mobilization. More on the event theme below.
Open in a Time of Closure
Many of the ideals around ‘open’ in the last two decades are facing dramatic retrogression. The open Internet is under threat, already lost in much of the world. Borders are closing in the West; negative impacts of the closed scientific/academic publication system are becoming clearer; public speech and transparency are suffering throughout the world. Meanwhile, states are imprisoning principled practitioners of agonistic openness like Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning, and Texas native Reality Winner with a vigor not shown since the enlightenment.
How do the last few years challenge or reinforce the need for openness? Can principles of openness developed in prior decades survive closure? Are new techniques necessary?
Open Institute V2, “Open in a Time of Closure,” seeks to explore these themes with an emphasis on extreme or agonistic approaches to free/open practices.
This great media project was put together by Jake Miller as part of our Critical Histories of ICTs graduate course in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto. Enjoy!
This article outlines a socio-political theory appropriate for the study of the ecological repercussions of contemporary media technologies. More specifically, this approach provides a means of assessing the material impacts of media technologies and the representations of capitalist ecological crises. This approach builds on the work of ecological economists, ecosocialist scholars, and Marx’s writings on the conditions of production to argue that capitalism necessarily results in ecological destabilization. Taking Apple’s 2016 Environmental Responsibility Report as a case study, the article uses the theory to analyze Apple’s responses to ecological crises. The article asserts that Apple’s reactions are emblematic of the capitalist compulsion for increasing rates of productivity. However, unless the matter/energy savings achieved through higher rates of productivity surpass the overall increase in the flow of matter/energy in production, ecological crises will continue. Ultimately, capital accumulation ensures continued ecological destabilization.
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The article can be accessed HERE