Appropriately billed as “a conversation among emerging Canadian communications scholars and stakeholders”, Converging In Parallel wrapped up at McGill’s Thomson House on Friday, Nov. 10 with a stimulating keynote address from a different national perspective with American communications scholar Sandra Braman. This address, with moderation and response by Marc Raboy, capped off a dynamic day and a half which saw Canadian communications scholars engage with representatives of the private sector and public sector in presentations and exchanges concerning the role of policy research in an era of shifting technologies and changing economic frameworks.
Former newspaper publisher Michael Goldbloom, McGill’s new vice-principal for inter-institutional relations, will also be a senior fellow in media and public policy with the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada and Media@McGill. For more information click here
By Normand Landry
Montreal, October 27, 2006 – American journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner Seymour Hersh addressed a packed audience of several hundred people at the Mont Royal Centre last night. Many who could not find seats remained standing throughout the talk, which was one of the features of the launch of Media@McGill.
By Marc Raboy
A year after the World Summit on the Information Society concluded that there should be a permanent global meeting-place for discussion of Internet policy issues, the UN’s Internet Governance Forum is holding its first meeting in Athens this week. Media@McGill’s Jeremy Shtern is there and will be blogging from the event.
The Internet Governance Forum emerged as a compromise in the final stages of the WSIS, as a range of countries from the European Union to China, as well as civil society organizations, argued that global Internet governance should no longer be left in the hands of a single national government, that of the USA. The US, which controls the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, refused to budge on efforts to create a new, more open governing structure for Internet domain names but consented to creation of the IGF, under the patronage of Kofi Annan, as a non-decision-making discussion forum.