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Monroe E. Price & The Center for Global Communication Studies: Celebrating the Founding Decade and Director

April 26, 2016
04:45PM - 06:00PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 500

Throughout the last decade, Monroe Price, the founding Director of Annenberg’s Center for Global Communication Studies (CGCS), has served as Annenberg’s ambassador in scholarly and policy-making communities around the world, enhancing and enriching the field of international communications studies and policy analysis. To celebrate these accomplishments, a panel event on April 26, 2016 will honor Professor Price’s contributions to the field of global communication studies at the helm of CGCS. Panelists Stefaan Verhulst, Krisztina Rozgonyi, Amelia Arsenault, Christian Sandvig, and Julia Sonnevend will discuss Monroe’s impact on research and scholarship at Penn and beyond.

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Internet & Rights: digital constitutions and “national” Internet governance

April 21, 2016
12:00PM - 01:30PM

CGCS Conference Room

This informal lunch discussion explores the notion of “digital constitutionalism”, a term which attempts to encompass the many proposals and documents put forward by a variety of actors to give form and legality to the ever-changing concept of “digital rights”. It will discuss the profoundly political and symbolic dimensions of the legislative efforts put in place by democratic states in this domain, focusing in particular on the Brazilian Marco Civil da Internet and the Italian Declaration of Internet Rights.

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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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The Paris Effect: Journalism, Diplomacy, and Information Controls

April 4, 2016 - April 6, 2016

Diplomatic Academy of Vienna

The 2016 Milton Wolf Seminar uses the November 2015 Paris Attacks as an entry point into discussions about journalism, diplomacy, and information controls. Many have noted asymmetries in global media responses to the events in Paris and ISIS attacks in Beirut (November 12, 2015), Baghdad (November 13, 2015) and Boko Haram in Nigeria (November 17 & 18, 2015). Discussions about these asymmetries will take center stage at Milton Wolf 2016. Panelists will explore the role of actors across the geopolitical spectrum, from Western powers, to non state terrorist networks, to Iran, to Russia, to China. They will also discuss how recent events have opened up new geopolitical possibilities. For example, Iran, long a Western antagonist, has surfaced as a necessary ally against ISIS and Russia is collaborating with France in intelligence gathering related to terrorist activities. Discussions will consider the implications of a range of new and old media, individuals, and institutions in undermining and or reinforcing these trends.

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