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Gerbner Fellow Lecture: Pawel Popiel (Ph.D. '20)

March 31, 2023 12:15pm-1:15pm
  • Annenberg School for Communication, Room 500
Audience Open to the Public

“The Politics of Digital Platform Regulation”  

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About the Talk

Policy efforts to develop regulatory frameworks for digital platform markets have grown in analytical sophistication, acquired political momentum, and started to produce legislative and regulatory interventions internationally. These initiatives are responses to problems attributed to platformization and they aim to shape the current political economy. Yet they also vary and are hotly contested by various actors — not least, dominant tech companies themselves. What are their goals? What are their stated and unstated assumptions? What are the normative commitments that motivate them? Drawing on research into U.S. policy proceedings and international platform inquiries, this talk will examine the politics that animates and defines these policy responses, and its implications for the democratic oversight of digital infrastructures.

About the Speaker

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Pawel Popiel is the 2021-23 George Gerbner Postdoctoral Fellow at the Annenberg School. His work focuses on the political economy and regulation of digital media and communication technologies. His current research examines the politics and the blurring lines of competition law and policy in media and digital platform sectors. His work has been published in journals like Information, Communication & Society, Policy & Internet, Critical Studies in Media Communication, and Journal of Digital Media & Policy and in edited books. He has contributed to several policy reports. His recent co-authored report, which assesses challenges facing data protection regulators in the Global South, won the Future of Privacy Forum’s (FPF) 2023 Privacy Papers for Policymakers award. He obtained his Ph.D. at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, and holds a B.A. in Political Science from McGill University and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.

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