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All About the Narrative: From Media Policy to Celebrity Activism

April 14, 2016
12:00PM - 01:30PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 300

Covering a range of issues from media policy to celebrity activism, visiting scholar Hilde Van den Bulck will evaluate the role of actors and stakeholders in pushing particular narratives to influence outcomes. Using the case study of public service broadcasting in Belgium, Hilde will focus on how buzzwords dominate policy debates and how stakeholders pushing media policy agendas can be understood from an Advocacy Coalition Framework (ACF) perspective.

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Apple vs FBI – Encryption, Mass Surveillance, and Privacy Activism with Shahid Buttar

April 5, 2016
12:00PM - 03:30PM

Towne Building, Room 100

As the Director of Grassroots Advocacy at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Shahid Buttar has been at the forefront of privacy activism in the post-Snowden world. Buttar will discuss the recent controversy over encryption regarding Apple’s dispute with the FBI, the impending debate in Congress over mass surveillance, the effects of state and police surveillance on activists and communities of color. He will also introduce students and researchers to the most important online privacy tools. A workshop will follow the lecture.

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SPRING 2016 VISITING SCHOLAR LUNCHTIME DISCUSSION

February 24, 2016
12:00PM - 01:30PM

CGCS Conference Room

Please join us to welcome the Spring 2016 CGCS visiting scholars to the Annenberg community and engage in an informal discussion. The scholars will be presenting their research interests, areas for potential collaborations, and pertinent media policy issues relevant to their regions and areas of expertise. Lunch will be served.

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Making New in Global India: Media, Publics, Politics – Book Talk and Q&A with Sahana Udupa

November 17, 2015
05:30PM - 07:30PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 500

In this talk, media anthropologist Sahana Udupa will discuss her new book analyzing the ways expanding private news culture has played a critical role in shaping urban transformation in India, using collaborative fieldwork collected by Times of India.

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Security v Access: The Impact of Mobile Network Shutdowns on Human Rights Case Study Telenor Pakistan – With Lucy Purdon

September 30, 2015
12:00PM - 01:30PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 300

Lucy Purdon will present findings and recommendations to both governments and companies from her case study on Telenor Pakistan, including highlights from on-the-ground research conducted during one particular shutdown in Islamabad in March 2015.

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Fall 2015 Visiting Scholar Lunchtime Discussion

September 17, 2015
12:00PM - 01:30PM

CGCS Conference Room

Please join us to welcome the Fall 2015 CGCS visiting scholars to the Annenberg community and engage in an informal discussion. The scholars will be presenting their research interests, areas for potential collaborations, and pertinent media policy issues relevant to their regions and areas of expertise. Lunch will be served.

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The Use of Social Media During the 2014 Crisis in Ukraine–with Anatoliy Gruzd

April 9, 2015
12:00PM - 01:30PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 300

As more and more individuals and organizations are turning to social media to express themselves, debate politics, share news and organize protests, their online interactions and content that they create offer researchers in social sciences a unique opportunity to study political events as they unfold and glimpse into how different groups in a society react to these events and organize themselves in the real time.

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Addressing the Ultimate Form of Cybersecurity Control: A Multiple Case Study for the “Internet Kill Switch”–with Patricia A. Vargas-Leon

March 18, 2015
12:00PM - 01:30PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 300

This talk examines “internet kill switches” by using comparative case studies to challenge the belief that democracies do not consider extreme forms of control over the internet and to identify the underlying factors that prompt governments to shut down the internet.

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Defending Your Rights in the Digital World: The Israeli Digital Rights Movement- With Efrat Daskal

February 26, 2015
12:00PM - 01:30PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 300

This presentation will describe the activities of the Israeli digital rights movement in the judicial, political, and public arenas, and will explore the possible long-term influence of its activities on Israeli society.

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Spring 2015 CGCS Visiting Scholar Lunchtime Discussion

February 11, 2015
12:00PM - 01:30PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 300

Pease join us to welcome CGCS’s Spring 2015 visiting scholars to the Annenberg community and engage in an informal discussion. The scholars will be presenting their research interests, areas for potential collaborations, and pertinent media policy issues relevant to their regions and areas of expertise. Lunch will be served.

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Online Public Sphere and the Authoritarian State in Turkey–with Bilge Yesil

February 5, 2015
12:00PM - 01:30PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 300

Through the lens of some recent incidents, including the Gezi Park protests, the corruption scandal, and the 2014 local elections, this talk will examine the thriving internet culture and emergence of online civic initiatives in Turkey vis a vis the strict government control.

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The Quiet Disappearance of China’s Boldest Newspaper

January 22, 2015
12:00PM - 01:30PM

This January marks the second anniversary of the Southern Weekly (Nanfang Zhoumo) incident. As a former journalist at Southern Weekly who experienced the incident, Annenberg School doctoral student Kecheng Fang will briefly review what really happened inside the newsroom and correct some common misunderstandings. He then will explain the changes of both the paper and the overall media environment in China during these two years

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From Leaflets to Live Stream: Protest Movements and Their Media Practices–with Anne Kaun

January 15, 2015
12:00PM - 01:30PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 300

Academics, journalists and other commentators considered social media as a major driver for mobilization and organization in recent protest movements. My project “Crisis and Critique” investigates historical forms of media participation of protest movements questioning the overemphasis on social media. The aim is to provide a history of how – often banal – media technologies as means of communication have been employed by protest movements that emerged in the context of major economic crises in order to promote radical social change.

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Cartography of Iran’s Online Publics: The Political Landscape of Persian Twitter in 2013, with Emad Khazraee

December 10, 2014
12:00PM - 01:30PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 300

To overcome these challenges and to gain a better understanding of the dynamics of the online public environments in Iran, Khazraee and his colleagues at the Center for Global Communication Studies at University of Pennsylvania started a project for the Cartography of Iran’s online publics. The goal of the project is collecting empirical evidence that helps us to achieve a high resolution image of public online environments in Iran. As part of this project, he has conducted research on the Twitter use among Iranian users during Iran’s 2013 presidential election.

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What do Russians Want? An Informal Talk with Olga Kamenchuk

December 9, 2014
10:00AM - 11:30AM

Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC) First Floor Conference Room

Sanctions, armed conflicts and information wars – the year 2014 has turned the world around. Are we at the doorstep of the new Cold War? Dr Kamenchuk from Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VCIOM) will open up newest data on people’s views in the former Soviet countries regarding the latest political developments.

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An “After Access” Lens on Mobile Internet Use in the Developing World with Jonathan Donner

December 4, 2014
12:00PM - 01:30PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 300

This informal and interactive talk, taken from a book in preparation, details the growing importance of ‘mobile-centric internet use’ in the developing world. It offers an integrative lens through which we can might understand the sociotechnical and developmental implications of an internet that is becoming more global and inclusive as it becomes more mobile.

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Public Platforms and Anonymity: Real Name Policies and Freedom of Speech–with Mathias Klang

November 19, 2014
12:15PM - 01:30PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 300

This lecture explores the connection between anonymity and political participation, the growing dependence on social networks for political speech, and the balance between a sites terms of use and promoting democratic participation.

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How the Internet and Activism Changes Policy-with James Losey

October 30, 2014
12:00PM - 01:00PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 300

This talk moves beyond an online-only assumption of political action and demonstrates how institutional advocacy such as gaining access to government bodies, lobbying, and targeting decisions maker provides a critical compliment for public advocacy such as mobilization and online advocacy. This seminar is part of the CGCS’ Internet Policy Observatory lunchtime series.

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CGCS Visiting Scholar Lunchtime Discussion

October 15, 2014
12:15PM - 01:45PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 300

Please join us to welcome CGCS’s visiting scholars to the Annenberg community and engage in an informal discussion. The scholars will be presenting their research interests, areas for potential collaborations, and pertinent media policy issues relevant to their regions and areas of expertise. Lunch will be served.

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The UN Internet Governance Forum (IGF) and Internet Freedom – Developments & Perspectives

October 1, 2014
12:15PM - 01:15PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 300

What did the IGF process achieve for freedom of expression on the Internet over the last decade? Has the IGF come to a standstill? What are possible perspectives for a meaningful multi-stakeholder process in Internet governance? These and other questions need to be addressed in order to revitalize the IGF process – if a revitalization is wanted. This lunchtime talk will look at past developments and try to show future perspectives for the IGF.

This seminar is part of the CGCS’ Internet Policy Observatory lunchtime series.

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The Real Cyber War: A Political Economy of Internet Freedom

September 18, 2014
03:30PM - 04:30PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 300

This talk conceptualizes cyberwar as the utilization of digital networks for geopolitical purposes, including covert attacks against another state’s electronic systems, but also, and more importantly, the variety of ways the internet is used to further a state’s economic and military agendas.

This seminar is part the CGCS’ Internet Policy Observatory lunchtime series.

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Beyond NETmundial: The Roadmap for Institutional Improvements to the Global Internet Governance Ecosystem: A Book Release at the Internet Governance Forum

September 1, 2014
09:00AM - 06:30PM

Lütfi Kirdar International Convention and Exhibition Center

CGCS launches its latest IPO publication: “Beyond NETmundial: The Roadmap for Institutional Improvements to the Global Internet Governance Ecosystem” at this IGF pre-event.

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Constancy and Change in Freedom of Expression Discourse

February 21, 2014
12:00PM - 01:30PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 500

Monroe Price will explore certain concepts that have preoccupied him in recent years in thinking about the organization and regulation of expression (particularly across borders).

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Projecting the Family-Nation Globally: A (Re)Analysis of CCTV’s Spring Festival Gala

February 20, 2014
12:00PM - 01:15PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 500

Zhongdan Pan, Professor of Communication Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, provides a re-analysis of CCTV’s Spring Festival Gala.

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The Global War for Internet Governance

February 12, 2014
12:00PM - 01:30PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 500

Laura DeNardis explains how the Internet is currently governed, particularly through the sinews of power that exist in technical architecture and new global institutions, and presents several brewing Internet governance controversies that will affect the future of economic and expressive liberty.

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CGCS Visiting Scholar Welcome Event and Informal Discussion

January 30, 2014
12:00PM - 01:00PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 300

Please join us to welcome CGCS’s visiting scholars to the Annenberg community and engage in an informal discussion. The scholars will be presenting their research interests, areas for potential collaborations, and pertinent media policy issues relevant to their regions and areas of expertise.

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Snowden, Surveillance, and the Pentagon Papers

January 23, 2014
07:00PM - 08:30PM

Cardozo Law School

The debate over how to characterize Edward Snowden continues to haunt American political discussion. Should he be prosecuted as a traitor or venerated as an admirable whistle blower or both?

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When Expectations for Results Come Too Early: Innovative Measures and Methods

December 11, 2013
12:00PM - 01:30PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 300

This session will offer ideas about what it is meaningful to measure in the short-term, particularly when communications are involved. It will emphasize measures that not only demonstrate progress, but also contribute to ongoing strategic learning and adaptation. The session also will focus on innovative and cost-effective methods for capturing those measures, and provide real-life examples of how they have been used both domestically and internationally.

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Bits and Atoms: Information and Communication Technology in Areas of Limited Statehood

December 9, 2013
01:00PM - 02:00PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 500

Bits and Atoms (co- edited by Steven Livingston and Gregor Walter-Drop) looks at the role of information and communication technologies in enabling local communities and NGOs working in areas of limited statehood — places where the state’s capacity at service provision and application of legitimate force is limited or non-existent.

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Dangerous Speech and New Methods of Prevention

November 25, 2013
01:00PM - 02:30PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 300

Susan Benesch will describe ongoing research on a subset of hate speech, “dangerous speech,” that has a special capacity to catalyze violence.

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Evaluation Cultures: Sense-Making in Complex Times

November 22, 2013
12:00PM - 01:00PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 500

The field of evaluation includes a diversity of professionals representing different national, academic, public and private sectors, as well as personal preferences. Evaluation practices are also influenced by national political cultures, organisational practices and cultural values. Hence a range of views contributes to vigorous ongoing debates about best practices. Rapid changes in the information landscape add to the mix, creating new challenges and emergent evaluation forms and approaches. What are the implications for the development of evaluation so this professional field is fit for the future?

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From the North Pole to WWW: Social and political construction of cyberspace and Internet regulation in Russia

November 11, 2013
01:00PM - 02:00PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 500

The talk suggests exploring Internet regulation beyond specific measures suggested by government, such as new legislation or law enforcement that seeks to restrict Internet freedom. Relying on the Russian case study, it describes the major social and political constructions of cyberspace that are adopted and promoted by Russian authorities, and argues that the strategies of construction are a key factor for development of regimes of Internet regulation.

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Research at BBC Media Action: Putting our audience first

November 8, 2013
12:00AM - 11:59PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 500

In this presentation, the opportunities and challenges presented by the multi method research strategy will be shared alongside some initial insights from the first 2 years of the programme.

The presentation will also cover reflections on: bridging theory and practice, the importance of research partnerships, building research capacity in developing countries and initial work on research innovations such as using field experiments to assess the impact of media interventions. Finally the complexity of creating a live public access data portal will be addressed.

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The Role of ICT Companies in Preventing the Spread of Hate Speech: A Case Study of the 2013 Kenyan Presidential Elections

November 7, 2013
12:00PM - 01:30PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 300

The question of how to regulate certain forms of speech in the digital realm, so-called “hate speech” in particular, is an on-going controversy that affects every country in the world differently. The lack of an internationally agreed definition of “hate speech” has made it difficult to clarify its meaning and how it should be dealt with in the digital realm, which can be problematic for Information and Communication (ICT) companies when deciding whether content should be removed from the web or blocked in accordance with the law.

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The View from Vienna: The OSCE and Media Law and Practice in Russia

October 30, 2013
12:00PM - 01:30PM

Penn Law School, Silverman 240A

Andrei Richter, the Director of the Office of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media will disucss the operation of this office in the context of the international debate on Internet Freedom and the state of online media and online media law in Russia today.

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Digital Dissent and the Egyptian Revolution: Social Media and the Challenge to Authoritarian Rule

October 23, 2013
12:30PM - 01:30PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 500

Dissent and Revolution in a Digital Age tracks the rocky path taken by Egyptian bloggers operating in Mubarak’s authoritarian regime to illustrate how the state monopoly on information was eroded, making space for dissent and digital activism.

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CGCS Visiting Scholar Lunchtime Discussion

September 30, 2013
08:00AM - 05:00PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 300

CGCS welcomes nine visiting scholars for the semester, who will be working on their own research, taking classes, and engaging with the Annenberg community. This informal discussion  is a chance to meet the CGCS visiting scholars, learn about their research interests and areas for potential collaborations. Lunch will be served.

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Public debate 2.0: European soul-searching about the future role of the media

May 29, 2013
12:00PM - 01:30PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 300

Who is a journalist? Who or what are the media? Who else contributes to public debate and how? What kinds of legal liability and ethical responsibility are implicated in respect of each of the different actors? While the European Court of Human Rights has been left in the slipstream of technological change, it is now beginning to demonstrate an awareness of certain, specific features of the online environment and their relevance for enabling robust public debate.

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ICT4D Seminar: UNESCO, literacy and educational development: Innovations and new information and communications technologies

May 7, 2013
12:00PM - 01:30PM

Grad School of Education, Room 203

Today, a billion citizens, nearly one-seventh of world population, are not able to read and write and are excluded from the contemporary text-mediated world. This clearly is an unacceptable situation if we want to create an inclusive, sustainable world. UNESCO has, over the last sixty years, consistently tried to be a thought leader in education and development. There is an imperative need to look for innovative solutions, including the creative use of information and communications technologies, to reach the hard to reach and low-literate populations. Both historical trends and new initiatives will be discussed

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Evaluating Democracy Assistance Grantmaking

May 1, 2013
12:00PM - 01:00PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 500

This presentation will discuss NED’s evaluation philosophy and approach and will explore how NED’s evaluation practice differs from others in the democracy assistance field.

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Visiting Scholars Lecture: Chinese Internet Privacy and Online Public Space with Jinghong Xu and Yunze Zhao

April 17, 2013
12:00PM - 02:00PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 300

The lecture, Internet Privacy in China: Historical and Cultural Background, Present Legal Framework and Future Improvement, traces the historical and cultural background of Internet privacy in China and the evolving legal frameworks for protecting the right to privacy and the right to Internet privacy.

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The Goldilocks Problem: Not too Much Data, Not too Little Data, the Challenge of Getting it Just Right

April 11, 2013
01:00PM - 02:00PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 500

The challenge facing NGOs is that while there is increasing pressure to ‘do M&E,’ there is no single answer to the question of how M&E should be done across the range of development sectors, approaches, organizations and contexts. The Goldilocks Problem proposes a framework for building ‘right-fit’ M&E systems, replacing the default impact imperative with two guiding principles: feasibility (‘Is it within the organization’s capacity to carry out this M&E activity fully and well?’) and actionability (‘Can the outputs of this M&E activity be used to inform decision making and action?’). This approach does not replace the need for rigorous impact evaluation, but rather complements it by helping NGOs create M&E systems that can provide them with the information they need to promote effective development.

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Rumor as Political Communication in Modern Iran

April 10, 2013
12:00PM - 01:30PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 300

In this talk, Dr. Pedram Partovi will consider the place of rumor in recent Iranian history. In general, scholars have associated the work of rumor with pre-modern societies – before the emergence of national ideologies or mass political organization (with the mass media contributing to these phenomena). However, rumor has held a vital role in political communication and mobilization in modern Iran.

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Digital Heroes: Video Games and Identity Construction in Iranian Video Games

April 8, 2013
12:00PM - 01:30PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 300

This lecture analyzes contemporary Iranian video games and explores the ways in which they communicate different concepts of identity.

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Internet Censorship, Surveillance, and Corporate Transparency

April 3, 2013
04:30PM - 06:30PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 109

Dorothy Chou, a Senior Policy Analyst who leads Google’s efforts to increase transparency, will discuss Google’s Transparency Report with Rebecca MacKinnon, Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation and author of Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle for Internet Freedom. They will then be joined by a panel of international experts who will react to the report and discuss the question of whether accountable governance in any society is possible without sufficient transparency and accountability in how companies respond to government censorship and surveillance demands.

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Dissemination and Implementation Research in Low and Middle Income Countries

April 2, 2013
12:30PM - 01:30PM

Smilow Center for Translational Research Room 12-146AB,

This presentation will give a brief overview of implementing evidence-based practices in global health and global mental health research. Specifically, it will address challenges and lessons learned around monitoring and evaluation (M&E) implementation in low and middle income countries (LMIC). Discussion will include future directions for implementation science and bi-directional learning with global and domestic D&I research.

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Public Opinion Barometer: How to Aggregate and Analyze Fragmented Online Information

April 1, 2013
12:00PM - 01:30PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 500

Public opinion barometer: How to aggregate and analyze fragmented online information, will summarize the main findings and discuss his experiences in dealing with fragmented information online.

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India’s Civil Liberties Crisis: Of Bans, Blocks, Bullying and Biometrics

March 28, 2013
12:00PM - 01:30PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 500

In this talk, I will give an overview of the strands of discord that are forming the fabric of India’s latest crisis of democracy. I will unpack some of the rhetoric behind the government’s drive to grasp the individual, and make the citizen visible to the state in an unprecedented manner. I will also discuss my experiences working with civil society in India, and the tools and techniques used to engage with policy formation and to adapt to the future of advocacy.

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Simulations for Equity in Education (SEE)

February 28, 2013
12:00PM - 01:30PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 500

SEE is intended to help countries develop cost-­effective, pro-­equity education strategies, and to serve as a global tool for developing evidence-­based documentation of and advocacy for such strategies. Cornerstones of this effort are the Simulations for Equity in Education model and a database on the effectiveness of education interventions around the world.

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China’s Influence and Impact on the Future of Everybody’s Internet

February 27, 2013
04:30PM - 06:00PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 111

This talk will provide an overview of the issues and the stakes, and ask what it will take to ensure that our globally interconnected Internet evolves in a manner that respects the rights and serves the interests of all Internet users, whether they live in the East or the West.

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Evaluating US Foreign Assistance Programs: Perspectives from the State Department

February 21, 2013
12:00PM - 01:30PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 500

Since the US Agency for International Development established its first evaluation office in 1968, evaluation has been institutionalized in foreign assistance programs. USAID, Millennium Challenge Corporation and now the Department of State have been conducting evaluations of their policies, programs and projects. The focus of evaluations has been largely on examining the performance and, to a limited extent, the impacts of foreign assistance interventions.

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Writing the Social History of Iranian Cinema

February 20, 2013
12:00PM - 01:30PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 500

This talk focuses on the just released 4-volume book, A Social History of Iranian Cinema, a work that took nearly four decades to complete. The volumes’ overarching argument is the significant and signifying role of film and cinema in overdetermining modernity in Iran.

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Shaping Palestinian Media: A Case Study in Western Funding, NGO Actions and Internal Pressures

February 7, 2013
12:00PM - 01:30PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 300

This talk considers the role of Western powers in establishing and influencing media institutions in the Middle East. Drawing on the Palestinian territories as a primary case study, it considers the motivations that underpin Western funding of Palestinian media as well as the limitations that are imposed on local expression by such financial arrangements. Addressing theories of globalization, hybridity and international diplomacy, the talk analyzes specific, locally produced television programs in order to identify the power relations that help shape them. Ultimately, the talk argues for the need to move beyond structural, economic analysis and engage in local production study in order to understand these complex, highly asymmetrical forms of international media coproduction.

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Ten trends in Technology Use in Education in Developing Countries that you may not have heard about (and why you should care)

January 24, 2013
04:30PM - 06:00PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 500

What are we learning about how new technologies are actually being used in education in so-called ‘developing countries’ that is not often reported on in the international media? Join Mike Trucano, the World Bank’s Senior ICT & Education Specialist, for an idiosyncratic tour around the world looking at emerging sets of experiences that are a bit ‘under the radar’ but which may shed light on what is working (and what isn’t) and what this may suggest about possibilities and opportunities in the future.

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The ‘Panoptification’ of India: the Battle for Digital Free Will

January 17, 2013
12:00PM - 01:30PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 300

This talk will look at the relationship between these two phenomena – examining the intersection between threats to speech and privacy – and at the challenges to the notion of digital free will.

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The New Cold War: Information Policy and Political Rift

January 10, 2013
12:00PM - 01:30PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 500

There is a new Cold War starting. It does not involve opposing military forces, but it does involve competing ideas about how political life should be organized. The battles are between broadcast media outlets and social media upstarts, organizations that have very different approaches to news production, ownership, and censorship. In several countries, this war pits the ruling elites who dominate broadcast media against the civil society groups who flourish through social media.

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Conceptual Aspects of Digital Innovation for International Development

December 13, 2012
12:00PM - 01:30PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 300

The notion of the topic has its theoretical roots in Schumpeterian innovation theory of social modernization through “creative destruction”. Based on these ideas, we will work through a three-dimensional conceptual framework that models the ongoing digital transformations as interplay between technologies, social change, and policy strategies.

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The Ongoing Quest for Judicial Independence in Contemporary China

November 30, 2012
03:30PM - 05:00PM

Tanenbaum Hall T-112

Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Contemporary China Penn’s Center for the Study of Contemporary China is pleased to have the opportunity to host a talk by Professor He Weifang, one of China’s most prominent public intellectuals and a frequent commentator in various media outlets, including social media.

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Mobile Phones and Economic Development in Africa: Evidence from Policy and Field Experiments

November 29, 2012
04:30PM - 06:00PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 500

This paper presents the results of several mobile phone policy and field experiments in sub-Saharan Africa, where mobile phones have been used for learning, money transfers and civic education programs. These experiments suggest that mobile phone technology can result in reductions in communication and transaction costs, as well as welfare gains.

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What Privacy Protects Online

November 21, 2012
12:00PM - 01:30PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 300

Looking at the case of massive, open, online courses (MOOCS), Nissenbaum presents contextual integrity as a foundation for protecting privacy online by means of substantive norms that define what information can be collected and shared, from whom, about whom, with whom, and under what constraints.

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Values-at-Play in Technology Design

November 20, 2012
05:15PM - 06:15PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 109

Values-at-Play addresses how, not whether, values might be absorbed into design practice. It is a framework for the conscientious designer to approach, systematically, the question of values, alongside material and functional considerations. Developed initially for digital games, values-at-play is applicable to a wide range of sociotechnical systems, including digital media.

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Rumor as Political Communication in Modern Iran

November 14, 2012
12:00PM - 01:30PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 500

In this talk, Dr. Pedram Partovi will consider the place of rumor in recent Iranian history. In general, scholars have associated the work of rumor with pre-modern societies—before the emergence of national ideologies or mass political organization (with the mass media contributing to these phenomena). However, rumor has held a vital role in political communication and mobilization in modern Iran.

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Police Administration in India: Delivery Dysfunction

November 9, 2012
12:00PM - 01:30PM

Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI)

ANJANA SINHA is a security and security reform practitioner with over twenty years of field and management experience in India. She entered the federal police force in 1990. Currently, she is Inspector General Communications in Andhra Pradesh, India.

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Networks of Political Mobilization: How Digital Media Channels Communication and Triggers Participation

November 9, 2012
11:45AM - 01:00PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 500

This talk will consider the mechanisms through which online networks mediate collective action using evidence from the protests that took place in Spain in May 2011, which were partly inspired by the events in the MENA region and acted as a precursor of the Occupy campaign.

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From Production to Promotion: Persian rugs and the Reinvention of National Technologies

November 8, 2012
12:00PM - 01:30PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 300

In this presentation Dr. Erami will provide an analysis of Iran’s anxiety about how Persian rugs should be represented and promoted to the outside world and will reflect on the clashes between Iranian rug producers as well as their objections to being marginalized by government agents during discussions over these new policies.

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Chinese Law Reform: Its Recent Past and Uncertain Future

October 25, 2012
12:00PM - 01:30PM

Silverstein Forum, first floor Stiteler Hall

Stanley Lubman, Berkeley Law School, University of California; Senior Fellow, Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law Professor Lubman reviews the problems that law reform has encountered since the millennium, especially emphasizing the continuing tightness of control by the Party-State over the courts, the extensive power of local governments over local courts and the enforcement of central government laws and regulations (e.g., in failing to control food safety and hampering the application of environmental regulations), and the lack of improvement in the criminal process. He will also call attention to improvements in administrative law.

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Hungarian media laws versus European freedom of expression standards: what is at stake?

October 4, 2012
12:00PM - 01:30PM

Silverman 49

The debate over the Hungarian media legislation goes beyond immediate concerns over the possible erosion of media freedom in Hungary: the laws pose a clear challenge to the established European framework for the protection of democratic principles, values and rights. Hungary’s case therefore raises serious concerns over whether, and how, these fundamental rights can be safeguarded and maintained on both the domestic and pan-European levels.

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Rethinking Tunisia’s Media in the Wake of Its Arab Spring

October 3, 2012
12:00PM - 01:30PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 500

Tunisia is a clear case in the Arab world in which the liberalization process already introduced by Ben Ali did not bring neither economic competition nor political and social pluralism. The challenges now being faced in order to guarantee the developement of a true, open and pluralistic public sphere are extremely complicated.

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Transnational Communication about Climate Change: Characteristics and Challenges of Climate Change Communication

September 19, 2012
12:00PM - 01:30PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 500

In this presentation, Mike S. Schaefer will highlight results from these studies as well as research desiderata, pointing out open questions regarding credibility of science communication, regarding climate communication in online and social media environments, and regarding the analysis of international communication about climate change.

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ICT4D@Penn Seminar Series: “Using Mobile Technology to Provide Specialty Care and Education to Remote Communities in the Developing World”

April 26, 2012
04:00PM - 06:00PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 500

Throughout the developing world, inadequate access to physicians, subspecialty care, and medical information resources are serious problems that telemedicine can help address. The new field of mobile telemedicine allows medical consultations to be submitted via mobile phone (mHealth), enabling health care to reach rural areas, where cell phone coverage extends beyond computer networks. The mhealth program that we have established in Botswana will be highlighted, including the use of mobile phones for cervical cancer screening, dermatology, radiology, and oral medicine consultation, and well as for medical education. Methods for sustainability and local ownership will be discussed.

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ICT4D@Penn Seminar Series: Daniel Andler

April 5, 2012
04:00PM - 06:00PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 109

Daniel Andler’s group, allied to a major publisher of traditional educational material, has drafted a project to use mobile phones in francophone Africa to teach French where people live and work. Dr. Andler will describe the project and use it as an illustration of a colonizing strategy which shows promise elsewhere, focusing on why it might work if it does work.

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ICT4D: In Whose Interests?

March 29, 2012
04:30PM - 06:00PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 500

This seminar explores some of the taken for granted assumptions about the use of Information and Communication Technologies for Development, focusing particularly on the interests that gave rise both to the concept and to the activities delivered in its name.

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Hyperactive Journalism: The India Examples

March 26, 2012
12:00PM - 01:30PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 300

In this talk, Chinki Sinha will discuss two recent episodes of hyperactivism she has covered as a journalist in India: the September 2010 coverage of a hypothesized deluge in Delhi that led to widespread panic in the region, and the recent “Anna Hazare movement,” where a 73-year-old man’s fast to create pressure for what he termed as a peoples’ version of the pending anti-corruption bill received enormous journalistic attention and partisanship, turning him into a wildly popular hero.

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ICT4D@Penn Seminar Series: “Designing User Interfaces for Novice and Low-Literacy Users”

March 22, 2012
04:00PM - 06:00PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 500

One of the greatest challenges in developing Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for global development is that 41% of the population in the least developed countries is non-literate and even the literate among the poor are only novice users of technology. I will describe work we have done over the past 6 years in Text-Free User Interfaces.

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Playgrounds or Education?: Notes on the Implementation of the Right of All Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009

March 15, 2012
12:00PM - 01:30PM

Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI)

Chinki Sinha is a journalist based in New Delhi. She worked for The Indian Express and covered a range of issues including primary education and the Right of All Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009.

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New Media and Political Movements: How the Internet has Shaped the Iranian Green Movement

January 31, 2012
01:00PM - 02:30PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 300

In this talk, Babak Rahimi will discuss the role of new media, in particular the Internet, in the Iranian Green Movement, a political protest movement that emerged after the contested 2009 presidential elections in Iran. During the Seminar, Dr. Rahimi will show the intricate relationship between political activism and cyberspace, and how political movements sustain or (re)invent themselves online in close connection with offline activism.

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A New Social Contract: the Role of Transparency in an Information Society

January 24, 2012
01:00PM - 02:30PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 500

What should governments and companies do to ensure they reflect the best interests of their users and constituents? Do they have a responsibility to do so, and are responsibilities for public and private entities different? During this seminar, Dorothy Chou will discuss how transparency reporting can provide modern checks and balances in the information age, and what that actually means in practice.

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ICT4D@Penn Seminar Series: Designing a More Equitable Internet

December 5, 2011
04:00PM - 05:30PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 500

In this talk, Dr. Parikh will explore several themes, including a) the design of cheap, “low-fidelity” interaction techniques allowing new populations to interact with and author content; b) the importance of “bottom-up” data for planning and evaluating development projects; and c) how “crowd data processing”, interleaving automated and human-driven steps, can bridge the gap between (a) and (b).

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CGCS Visiting Scholar Seminar: Transcultural Television Formats and their Audiences: A Comparative Study on the Appropriation of the Top Model-Format in Different Cultural Contexts

December 1, 2011
12:00PM - 01:30PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 300

In this talk, Miriam will present first findings from her Ph.D. research project on global reality television formats and their audiences in different cultural contexts. In particular, the project is concerned with the question of how the narrative of the “gendered enterprising self” is reproduced in the Top Model-format, and how it is appropriated and negotiated by young female viewers in Germany and the USA.

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Sixty Years of Army Broadcasting in Israel: The Anomaly of Galei Tzahal

November 22, 2011
12:00PM - 01:30PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 300

Using extensive archive materials and in-depth interviews with the station’s commanders, Soffer examinse how military broadcasts—ostensibly foreign to the democratic experience—have become a symbol of pluralism, journalistic freedom, and (in some historical periods) the cultural avant-garde in Israel. He also analyzes how the station has adapted to changes in the developing Israeli media.

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Maker Culture: China’s Emerging Economy of D.I.Y. and Open Technology Production

November 16, 2011
12:00PM - 01:30PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 300

In this talk, Lindtner traces through ethnographic detail how these values of tinkering, open source and hands-on technology production are taken up and mobilized in a hacker and co-working space in Shanghai, China.

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ICT4D@Penn Seminar Series: Phone-based Tools for Community Health Workers

November 3, 2011
04:00PM - 05:30PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 500

In this talk, Neal Lesh will provide an overview of some recent efforts in ‘eHealth’ and ‘mHealth’ and discuss his experiences with implementing CommCare, a phone based tool for Community Health Workers that has been used over the last four years in sub-Saharan Africa and India. Dr. Lesh will provide an overview of the tool, discuss challenges, lessons learned, and some recent successes.

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Media Spectacle, the Arab Uprisings, and Constructions of a Democratic Future: Some Critical Reflections

October 25, 2011
08:00AM - 05:00PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 500

The Annenberg School for Communication presents a colloquium by guest speaker Douglas Kellner, Ph.D., the George Kellner Chair in the Philosophy of Education at UCLA. This event is co-sponsored by Penn’s Department of Urban Studies. Prof. Kellner will present his talk, “Media Spectacle, the Arab Uprisings, and Constructions of a Democratic Future: Some Critical Reflections.”

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Lunchtime Research Panel: Coordinating Media Response Efforts in Haiti with Internews Network

October 17, 2011
12:00PM - 01:30PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 300

On October 17, we will host the project’s director of research and a group of Haitian researchers, trained in social science research methods, who have been conducting surveys, focus groups and other research throughout Haiti as part of an effort to assist with humanitarian media efforts. Please join us for a lunchtime presentation and discussion with the Internews-Haiti representatives and the Penn community.

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ICT4D@Penn Seminar Series: Myths of Information Technology for International Development

October 13, 2011
04:00PM - 05:30PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 500

In this talk, I will (1) present several myths of ICT4D that persist despite evidence to the contrary, (2) offer a theory of “technology as amplifier” which explains the gap between rhetoric and reality, and (3) provide recommendations for successful ICT4D interventions.

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Former Visiting Scholar Guobin Yang to deliver noon-time lecture at Annenberg

October 7, 2011
12:00PM - 01:30PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 111

Guobin Yang, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Cultures at Barnard College, Columbia University, will deliver a noon-time colloquium talk at Annenberg on Friday, October 7 in Room 111. This event is being sponsored in conjunction with the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Sociology.

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ICT4D@Penn Seminar Series: ICTs and Literacy for the Very Poor: A decade of work

October 6, 2011
04:00PM - 05:30PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 500

Even for the poorest countries, the benefits of ICT are now (in 2011) seen as relatively well-suited for coping with the problems of literacy and basic education (and other sectors), and for enhancing the socio-economic consequences for the lives of the users. The reasons for this are varied, and still debated, along with the types of solutions proposed to date. Various examples will be discussed, including the author’s work over the past decade in India and South Africa.

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The New Advertising System: Innovations and Risks

September 8, 2011
12:00AM - 11:59PM

RIA Novosti Press Center, Moscow

Prof. Turow’s talk will focus on the changes that the U.S., Russian and European advertisement markets have undergone in the digital age. This seminar will also be a platform for discussing recent changes in the global and Russian advertising system, the transformation of the information space in general, as well as the reasons for advertisers’ changing attitude toward their target audience.

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Media and the Well-Being of Children and Adolescents in Changing Societies

July 6, 2011 - July 12, 2011

Beijing, China

The seminar is designed to develop and enhance opportunities for international and interdisciplinary teaching and research, focusing on efforts to understand the role of the media— including videogames, television, and mobile telephony—in the life of the developing child.

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Visiting Scholar Lunch: The Writing of Culture

April 20, 2011
12:00PM - 01:00PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 300

In my presentation I will focus on a few concepts in semiotics we are using to analyze the ways web pages and, more generally, electronic objects are written and interpreted. I will particularly describe the fields I’m currently working on in this context. “Tagclouds”, rankings, and top user lists, among other objects, are all familiar, “ordinary” forms that can be studied and understood as central places in meaning-making processes and in the development of digital ideologies.

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New Media Series: Raju Narisetti

March 31, 2011
12:00PM - 01:30PM

Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI)

India’s Free Media: Fact and Fiction Raju Narisetti is Managing Editor at The Washington Post, and previously established The Mint newspaper in India. The New Media Series is hosted by the Center for the Advanced Study of India. Please RSVP.

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New Media Series: Lawrence Liang

March 17, 2011
12:00PM - 01:30PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 300

Post Piracy: Creativity and Cinephilia Beyond Access in India and China Lawrence Liang is the Co-founder of the Alternative Law Forum, Bangalore and a Fulbright Fellow at Columbia University. The New Media Series is hosted by the Center for the Advanced Study of India. Please RSVP by Tuesday, March 15 at noon.

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Visiting Scholar Discussion: Paolo Cavaliere

March 14, 2011
12:00PM - 01:00PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 300

“I Am the Fourth Estate”. Leaderism and mediatization of politics: the case of Italy Cavaliere will take a different look at the Italian industry of media; the story of its development can also be read as an example of what happens when market force is not constrained by any kind of regulation. The current highly concentrated market, where there is essentially one private competitor to the public broadcaster, has shaped the Italian information landscape in a unique way when compared to the American or European equivalents. In the endless debate on freedom of speech, political information, scarcity of frequencies and pluralism, the case of Italy can tell us something about how much ownership matters in biasing the news and driving the thoughts of a whole society. Paolo Cavaliere is a joint visiting scholar at Penn Law School and CGCS.  He earned a PhD in International Law and Economics at Bocconi University in Milan, Italy. As a Teaching Fellow, he has taught Public Law, Italian and European Constitutional Law, Media Law, Regional Law and Constitutional Justice. He also holds a law degree from the University of Pavia and an LLM in Public Law from University College, London. Please RSVP by Friday, March 11 at noon. Lunch will be provided on a first come, first served basis.

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New Media Series: Huma Yusuf

February 17, 2011
12:00PM - 01:30PM

Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI)

As Seen on TV: Depicting India in the Pakistani Media Huma Yusuf is a Pakistani journalist and currently the Pakistan Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington D.C. The New Media Series is hosted by the Center for the Advanced Study of India. Please RSVP by Tuesday, February 15.

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Visiting Scholar Discussion: Between Legitimacy Management and New Governance

February 14, 2011
02:00PM - 03:00PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 300

Visiting Scholar Lunchtime Discussion with Manuel Puppis: The Political Communication of Regulatory Agencies: Between Legitimacy Management and New Governance Following liberalization, regulatory agencies have become key actors of policy-making in broadcasting and telecommunications across Europe. Despite the fact that political communication is an integral part of politics, previous political communication and communication policy research largely ignored the communication of these regulators. On the one hand, communication can be conceptualized as a means to obtain organizational legitimacy. In the view of new sociological institutionalism, regulators’ communication is at the same time influenced by institutional environments (e.g. mediatization) and a strategic devise used to manipulate perceptions of a regulator’s activities and performance. On the other hand, communication can be viewed as a new form of governance. Communicating with the regulated industries is then seen as an alternative to command and control regulation. Dr. Manuel Puppis is a senior research and teaching associate and the managing director of the division “Media & Politics” at the Institute of Mass Communication and Media Research (IPMZ), University of Zurich, Switzerland. He will be visiting CGCS as a Short Term Visiting Scholar in January and February 2011. Puppis holds a PhD in Communication Science and an M.A. in Communication Science (major subject), Political Science and Economic and Social History (minor subjects) from the University of Zurich. Coffee and snacks will be provided.  Please RSVP by Friday, February 11 at 12pm.

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Visiting Scholar Discussion: The New Trend of Communication Studies in China

February 7, 2011
02:00PM - 03:00PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 300

Visiting Scholar Discussion with Guoming Yu: The New Trend of Communication Studies in China The talk will give a brief introduction of current trends in communication studies in China, including monitoring public opinions on the Internet, access and use of media, and media development indices. Professor Yu will also discuss the various methods he uses to to collect and analyse data including a system platform for monitoring public opinions, MRI experiments and other platforms. Professor Guoming Yu is Vice Dean of the Journalism and Communication School of Renmin University of China and director of the Public Opinion Studies Center of Renmin University. The Center does opinion research and polling in academic areas, and under Professor Yu’s direction has completed hundreds of projects for main-stream media and governments. Coffee and snacks will be provided.  Please RSVP by Friday, February 4 at 12pm

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Internet Policy Lunch: A Discussion of Tim Wu’s The Master Switch (Part 2)

January 20, 2011
12:00PM - 01:30PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 300

The first two meetings of the Internet and Media Policy lunchtime series will be devoted to an informal discussion of Tim Wu’s book, The Master Switch. The book surveys the history of American telecommunications and media industries. The discussion will focus on Wu’s methodology, his use of history, and his recommendations for the future. On the 20th, we will discuss the chapters on the internet (part 5).

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Internet Policy Lunch: A Discussion of Tim Wu’s The Master Switch (Part 1)

January 13, 2011
12:00PM - 01:30PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 300

The first two meetings of the Internet and Media Policy lunchtime series will be devoted to an informal discussion of Tim Wu’s book, The Master Switch. The book surveys the history of American telecommunications and media industries. The discussion will focus on Wu’s methodology, his use of history, and his recommendations for the future. On January 13th, we will discuss the chapters on the telephone system and the film and television industries (parts 1-4).

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Internet Policy Lunch: Internet Architecture and Innovation

December 9, 2010
12:00PM - 01:15PM

641 Hunstman Hall

Barbara van Schewick is an associate professor of law at Stanford Law School, an associate professor (by courtesy) of electrical engineering at Stanford’s Department of Electrical Engineering, and the faculty director of Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society. Her research focuses on the economic, regulatory, and strategic implications of communication networks.

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Elements of the ‘New Arab Public Sphere’: Young Jordanians in Cyberspace

November 10, 2010
12:00PM - 01:00PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 300

Lucy M. Abbott is a PhD candidate at the Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World (CASAW) at Durham University, U.K. and will be spending the Fall 2010 semester with CGCS. As part of her PhD training, she studied Arabic at the University of Edinburgh and Kalimat Language Centre in Cairo, Egypt. She holds a BA (Hons) in Modern European Languages and a Master’s in International Relations (Middle East), also from Durham. Her research focuses on Arab countries’ contemporary experiences of mass media and politics from a theoretical perspective.

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Not in Service: Strategies Among West Africans in Spain to Minimize Transnational Obligations in the Age of the Cell Phone

November 5, 2010
12:00PM - 01:00PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 300

Ermitte St. Jacques is a National Science Foundation Minority Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Annenberg School of Communication. She recently received a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Florida.

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Internet Policy Lunch: Virtual Justice

November 4, 2010
12:00PM - 01:15PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 223

In Virtual Justice (Yale University Press 2010), Greg Lastowka illustrates the real legal dilemmas posed by virtual worlds. Presenting the most recent lawsuits and controversies, he explains how governments are responding to the chaos on the cyberspace frontier.

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Internet Policy Lunch: Net Neutrality

October 21, 2010
12:00PM - 01:15PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 500

With President Obama and his FCC Chairman expressing strong support for network neutrality, why has the issue fallen into a morass of uncertainty? How is the debate likely to play out over the coming months? And what’s really at stake here? How is the outcome of the current controversy likely to shape the future of the Internet? Kevin Werbach, Associate Professor of Legal Studies at Wharton, co-led the review of the FCC for the Obama-Biden Transition Project, and has served as an expert advisor to both the FCC and National Telecommunications & Information Administration in the Obama Administration, as well as FCC Counsel for New Technology Policy in the Clinton Administration.

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CGCS Visiting Scholar Lunchtime Discussion: Yonghua Zhang

October 14, 2010
12:00PM - 01:00PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 300

This talk explores Internet development in Mainland China and a couple of applications/uses of the Internet in the country in domestic context of its endeavors in reform and opening towards the outside world and the broader, global context of globalization.

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Islamically Marked Bodies and Neoliberal Locations in Egyptian Cinema

October 10, 2010
05:00PM - 07:00PM

401 Fischer-Bennett Hall

My paper examines a tension evident in I Am Not With Them and other similar productions between on one hand, the neoliberalization of Islam, and on the other hand, agendas for infusing Islamic ethics into neoliberalism. This program is made possible thanks to the generous support of Center for Global Communication Studies, Cinema Studies, Middle East Center, and Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania, in collaboration with the Historians of Islamic Art Association.

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CGCS Visiting Scholar Lunchtime Discussion: Carla Ganito

May 20, 2010
12:00PM - 01:00PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 300

This talk will describe the preliminary results of Ganito’s PhD research project: Women and Technology: Gendering the Mobile Phone. Portugal is used as a case-study, that argues for a changing relation of women and technology and that becomes visible in the gendered uses and representations of the mobile phone.

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CGCS Visiting Scholar Lunchtime Discussion: Carlo Nardella and Oulai Bertrand Goué

April 22, 2010
12:00PM - 01:30PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 300

Increasingly, religious images, narrations and symbols are used by advertising to accomplish its commercial task, especially in Italy. This presentation examines how such religious motifs are depicted in Italian magazine advertising, leading to the proposal of a typology.

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CGCS Visiting Scholar Lunchtime Discussion: Sahana Udupa and Rob McMahon

April 7, 2010
12:00PM - 01:30PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 300

This talk explores the connections between the field of news production and articulations of ‘the local’ in post liberalization urban India.

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Re-thinking Arab News Media Systems: CGCS lunchtime discussion

November 18, 2009
12:00PM - 01:00PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 300

Media scholarship has primarily focused on the regional and global dimension of the “satellite revolution” in Arab news, insisting on concepts such as the “pan-Arab public sphere” and “media pan-Arabism.” Taking Egypt as a case study, Valeriani will move from a “purely” pan-Arab perspective to a broader approach that examines the complex relationship between pan-Arab satellite news media and national media systems.

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Democracy Promotion Under Obama: The Complexities of Reengagement

October 14, 2009
06:00PM - 08:00PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 109

Among the many foreign policy challenges President Obama inherited from his predecessor, restoring the credibility of U.S. democracy promotion is one of the most complex. What have the new president and his foreign policy team done so far on this front? What opportunities exist for U.S. democracy promotion in a world where democratic retreat is as common as democratic advance? Can a new line on democracy be reconciled with the broader Obama policy of diplomatic reengagement, which entails reaching out to undemocratic regimes, like those in Russia and Iran?

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Iran Elections: A Discussion with Roger Cohen of the New York Times

September 29, 2009
07:00PM - 09:00PM

Arts, Research and Culture House, Crest Auditorium

Roger Cohen joined The New York Times in 1990. He was a foreign correspondent for more than a decade before becoming acting Foreign Editor on September 11, 2001, and Foreign Editor six months later. Since 2004 he has written a column for the Times-owned International Herald Tribune, first for the news pages and then, since 2007, for the Op-Ed page. In 2009 he was named a columnist of The New York Times. Mr. Cohen has written Hearts Grown Brutal: Sagas of Sarajevo (Random House, 1998), an account of the wars of Yugoslavia’s destruction, and Soldiers and Slaves: American POWs Trapped by the Nazis’ Final Gamble (Alfred A. Knopf, 2005).

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