Monday, June 23, 2014
Global communication policy is transforming rapidly. New actors participate in policy debate and have complemented, or even pushed aside, classic intergovernmental diplomacy.
The digitisation of the media has made older rules and regulations obsolete while the emergence of citizen media has required new thinking on laws and policy processes.
In addition, changes in internet governance happen so frequently it is difficult even for dedicated experts to keep pace.
To understand some of these dynamics better, the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) and the Open Society Foundations (OSF) have offered a small number of “Rapid Response Grants” for young scholars who are working in these areas.
The grant scheme has been administered by Dr Arne Hintz and the research progress is reviewed and accompanied by the IAMCR Global Media Policy Working Group, the IAMCR Communication Policy Task Force, and the IAMCR Emerging Scholars Network.
The grants allow the grantees to conduct a research project and travel to the IAMCR conference in Hyderabad, India, in July 2014 to present their results.
Dr Hintz said, “Four project proposals were selected, and three further applicants received travel grants for the IAMCR conference. Together, these projects offer an interesting perspective on the variety of different issues which are debated across different fields of communication policy.”
Julia Pohle - Doctoral student at the Free University Brussels, Belgium
Mapping the WSIS+10 Review Process
Veronique Wavre - Doctoral student at University of Exeter, UK
Does the EU's influence matter? Discussing trends in communication and media policies in Southern Mediterranean countries
Sylvia Blake - Doctoral student at Simon Fraser University, Canada
Media diversity in the era of communicative abundance: Mapping Canadian and global policy
Preeti Raghunath - Doctoral student at University of Hyderabad, India
Reconstructing histories: Community radio policies and policy-making in South Asia
The reports are currently being finalised and will be published once they have been presented at the IAMCR conference in July.
The grantees are also contributing to the website ‘Mapping Global Media Policy’ which traces trends in communication governance through an interactive database and visualisation tools.
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