Dr. Jonathan Sterne, Associate Professor in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies, has published an essay entitled “Urban media and the politics of sound space” in the journal Open. The article recently became available on-line through SKOR (Foundation Art and Public Space), a Dutch organization which develops exceptional art projects in relation to public spaces.
Dr. Sterne’s essay deals with Muzak, also known as a ‘nonaggressive music deterrent’ that is used more and more often as a strategic weapon in the effort to make public space ‘safe’ and controllable. According to Dr. Sterne, its use is primarily aimed at excluding non-consumers. He suggests that Muzak is a vital component of urban design and that in addition to aesthetics, sound itself has political and ethical dimensions.
The recent $2.3 billion purchase bid by CanWest Global for Alliance-Atlantis has received substantial coverage in Canadian news circles, as well as foreign press like the New York Times and Hollywood Reporter. Absent from much of the reporting is that this is not CanWest's first time pounding at the door of national ownership restrictions. CanWest caused similar headaches for Australia's public regulators in the 1990s. History has shown this is a company quite willing to flaunt national policies and keep its intentions well-hidden.
One of the few tangible outputs of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), after a three-year discussion (2002 to 2005), was the creation of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) under the auspices of the UN. For many observers and participants at the WSIS this new self-determining, multi-stakeholder entity was considered a first phase in the establishment of a new model not only for Internet governance but also for global governance itself.