Thursday, November 20 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
New York University
Pless Hall - 7th floor conference room (82 Washington Place)
“…to all those watching tonight from beyond our shores… a new dawn of American leadership is at hand.” -Barack Obama
As the power nexus shifts from the national to the transnational level, the United States of America stands out as not only the most powerful government in the world but also the possible “spoiler” of a truly multilateral, multistakeholder approach to media and communication policy making. For the past two decades at least, the US government has usually stood alone in this area, sometimes as a passive bystander to debates, sometimes taking an aggressive stance to defend its interests, sometimes obstructing initiatives aimed at wider collaboration. Since November 4th (as in so many other issue areas) the world can hope that this may now change. What might the election of an Obama administration mean for the emerging global media and communication policy environment? My talk will explore this question by looking at some of the flashpoint issues that are currently on the global media policy agenda, such as: implementation of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, Internet governance and the future of ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), the World Intellectual Property Organization’s Millennium Development Agenda, and the World Bank’s recent show of interest in the role of media in fostering good governance and public accountability.
Visiting Scholar Marc Raboy is Full Professor and Beaverbrook Chair in Ethics, Media and Communications in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University. A former journalist in a wide variety of media, educated at McGill, Professor Raboy taught previously at the Université de Montréal and Laval University. He is the author or editor of sixteen books and more than one hundred journal articles or book chapters, as well as reports for such organizations as the World Bank, UNESCO, the Japan Broadcasting Corporation, the European Broadcasting Union, the Policy Research Secretariat of the Government of Canada, and the Quebec Ministry for Culture and Communication. He has been a senior research associate in the Programme on Comparative Media Law and Policy at the University of Oxford, and is a member of the international council of the International Association of Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), past president of the Canadian Communication Association, and member of several editorial boards. From 2001 to 2003 he served as expert advisor to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage for its study of Canadian broadcasting. He is also a founding member of an international advocacy campaign for Communication Rights in the Information Society.
Professor Raboy has taught courses on Canadian media institutions, communication policy, cultural development, and international communication. His current research looks at media and communication governance issues in light of increasing globalization.