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5.03.2011 - 5.05.2011

Digital Diversity: Serving the Public INterest in the Age of Broadband

Call for Paper Proposals
Digital Diversity:
Serving the Public Interest in the Age of Broadband
A by-invitation experts’ workshop to be held at
Fordham University, Lincoln Center Campus
May 3-5, 2011

UPDATE: Submission Deadline Extended Until February 10, 2011
As the delivery of mediated content experiences an historic transformation with the transition to delivery over broadband networks, some policy goals of media regulation remain the same. Central among them is the public interest goal of ensuring diversity. Promoting diversity in broadcasting has been a pillar of media regulation, but online there is no “spectrum scarcity,” the foundation of broadcast regulation, no licensing and arguably no “mass media” at all. As a result, the customary tools for promotion of diversity must be reinvented. Broadband is a radically different environment in which the provision of unregulated content may have far more impact than traditionally-regulated television and radio. New theoretical constructs and mechanisms are needed to address issues such as “voice,” economic equity, and serving unserved and underserved communities. Minorities are creatively exploring new online tools for community building, communications, and business opportunities. How can the public interest standard be applied to support them in this new context?
The Institute for Information Policy at Penn State University and the Donald McGannon Communication Research Center at Fordham University are pleased to announce this call for paper proposals in which diversity enhancement in broadband networks serves as the main theme. Authors of the selected papers will be invited to present and discuss them during a three day by-invitation-only experts workshop designed to bring together up to a dozen American and international experts and to be held at the Lincoln Center Campus of Fordham University in New York City. This workshop is part of a series of events focused on “Making Policy Research Accessible,” organized by the IIP, with the support of the Ford Foundation.
Invited topics include, but are not limited to:
· Changing concepts of diversity in the 21st century
· Comparative notions of diversity and changing demographics
· Defining and measuring the scope and desired outcomes of broadband diversity policy
· Diversity, new media, social media, and opportunities on the Internet
· Diversity and Internet entrepreneurship
· Diversity and network neutrality
· Diversity and community websites and media (e.g., community online newspapers)
· Minorities embedded in major media enterprises in content creation and as performers
· Cultural/linguistic/racial/gender/religious diversity – are they all being served?
· The marketplace of ideas and diversity
Abstracts of up to 500 words and a short bio of the author(s) should be submitted to by January 31, 2011. Please write IIPDMCWS: YOUR NAME in the subject line. Accepted presenters will be notified by March 1, 2011.


Past Events

9.24.2010 - 9.25.2010
Bits without Borders Conference, Mighigan State University College of Law


The Death and Life of American Journalism, Featuring Robert W. McChesney and John Nichols

The McGannon Center hosted and co-sponsored a conference on Information and the Information Economy, with the Intellectual Property and Communications Law Program at the Michigan State University College of Law and the Quello Center for Telecommunication Management and Law at Michigan State University.  The conference was held in the Pope Auditorium at Fordham University's Lincoln Center campus.  Pdfs of the PowerPoint presentations of many of the conference participants can be found below.

Presentation of Angela Campbell, Georgetown University
Presentation of Barbara Cherry, Indiana University
Presentation of Drew Clark,
Presentation of Nicholas Economides, New York University
Presentation of Linda Garcia, Georgetown University
Presentation of Ellen Goodman, Rutgers University
Presentation of Jeffrey Hart, Indiana University
Presentation of Joe Karaganis, Social Science Research Council
Presentation of Evangelos Katsamakas, Fordham University
Presentation of Markus Prior, Princeton University
Presentation of Steve Wildman, Michigan State University
Presentation of Simon Wilkie, University of Southern California

McGannon Center Hosts Annual Conference of the Emma L. Bowen Foundation for Minority Interests in Media.

David Honig, Executive Director of the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council, Delivers Fall, 2006 McGannon Lecture.

McGannon Center Co-Hosts Symposium on "Voting, Communications, and Our Democracy" with Georgetown University [details]

McGannon Center Hosts Annual Conference of the Emma L. Bowen Foundation for Minority Interests in Media [details]

McGannon Center Hosts Convening of Media & Democracy Scholars [details]


Richard Wiley, Former FCC Chairman, Delivers Fall, 2004 McGannon Center Lecture  [details]

Mark Cooper, McGannon Center Research Fellow, Presents Media Ownership Research [details]

McGannon Center Hosts Annual Conference of the Emma L. Bowen Foundation for Minority Interests in Media [details]

McGannon Center Hosts Conference on Media Diversity and Localism: Meaning, Metrics, and the Public Interest [conference report]

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