Global Communication Studies

Upcoming talks by Prof. Kraidy at Temple, Northampton CC, and Texas A&M


Marwan M. Kraidy, Ph.D.
Marwan M. Kraidy, Ph.D., Professor of Communication, will be the first speaker in Temple University’s School of Media and Communication’s Spring Speaker Series on Tuesday, February 19, at 2 p.m. in Annenberg Hall. Prof. Kraidy spent the 2011- 2012 academic year traveling throughout the Arab world researching digital activism, music video, graffiti, political humor and the human body as political medium, for a book on creative resistance in revolutionary times.   

Mobile Phones and Economic Development in Africa: Evidence from Policy and Field Experiments

Mobile phone coverage and adoption has grown substantially over the past decade, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. In the absence of public goods infrastructure in many countries, mobile phone technology has the potential to reduce communication and transaction costs and improve access to information, goods and services, particularly for remote rural populations. Research suggests that mobile phone coverage has had positive impacts on agricultural and labor market efficiency in certain countries, but empirical microeconomic evidence is still limited.

Rethinking Tunisia's Media in the Wake of Its Arab Spring

A lecture by Joan Barata, Professor of Communication Law and Vice Dean of International Relations at Blanquerna Communication School (Universitat Ramon Llull, Barcelona)   About the talk:   Tunisia is the first country of the Arab Spring to organize plural, open, and internationally-accepted legislative elections, to draft and approve a new constitution, to seat a new democratic governing body, and to establish a new legal regulatory framework addressing freedom of expression and freedom of the press.

Annenberg-Oxford Media Policy Summer Institute

The Center for Global Communication Studies at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania and the Programme for Comparative Media Law and Policy at the University of Oxford (PCMLP) will host the 14th annual Annenberg-Oxford Media Policy Summer Institute, to be held from Monday, June 18 to Friday, June 29, 2012 at the University of Oxford.

SOPA/PIPA and the Future of Internet Politics, Policy, and Digital Copyright Legislation


On January 18, the world watched as more than 7,000 websites, including internet giants such as Google, Wikipedia, and Reddit, coordinated service blackouts, online protests, and petition-signing campaigns in order to galvanize public opposition to the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and its Senate counterpart, the Protect IP Act (PIPA)--legislation proposed to expand the scope of U.S. law surrounding online infringement of copyrighted intellectual property.

A New Social Contract: The Role of Transparency in an Information Society

Senior executive from Google to discuss the information society during appearance at Annenberg   Dorothy Chou, senior policy analyst for Google, will speak at the Annenberg School for Communication on Tuesday, January 24, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in Room 500. Her talk is sponsored by Annenberg’s Center for Global Communication Studies (CGCS).

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