Nissenbaum and Puppis Join Annenberg as Fall 2012 Visiting Scholars


The Annenberg School for Communication’s Scholars Program in Culture & Communication welcomes Helen Nissenbaum, Ph.D. and Manuel Puppis, Ph.D. as Visiting Scholars for the fall term. Visiting scholars come to Annenberg every spring and fall term to teach and deliver lectures. The Scholars Program helps to broaden the level of awareness among students and faculty of the shared interest around communication and culture.  

Dr. Nissenbaum is Professor of Media, Culture and Communication, and Computer Science, at New York University, where she is also Senior Faculty Fellow of the Information Law Institute. Nissenbaum holds a doctoral degree in philosophy from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from the University of the Witwatersrand. Her areas of expertise span social, ethical, and political implications of information technology and digital media. Nissenbaum's research publications have appeared in journals of philosophy, politics, law, media studies, information studies, and computer science. She has written and edited four books, including Privacy in Context: Technology, Policy, and the Integrity of Social Life, which was published in 2010 by Stanford University Press. The National Science Foundation, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Ford Foundation, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator have supported her work on privacy, trust online, and security, as well as several studies of values embodied in computer system design, including search engines, digital gamesfacial recognition technology, and health information systems. 

Dr. Puppis is a Senior Research and Teaching Associate at the Institute of Mass Communication and Media Research (IPMZ), University of Zurich, Switzerland. Puppis holds a doctoral degree in Communication Science and an M.A. in Communication Science (major subject), Political Science as well as Economic and Social History (minor subjects) from the University of Zurich. His research interests include media policy, media regulation and media governance, media systems in a comparative perspective, political communication and organization theory. In 2010 – 2011 he was a visiting scholar at the Annenberg School for Communication’s Center for Global Communication Studies.   The courses they will teach this fall are as follows:  

HELEN NISSENBAUM -COMM - 804 Privacy, IT and Digital Media 

Tuesdays 11-1pm  

Digital technologies have dramatically altered the shape of communication and information flows in societies, enabling massive transformations in the capacity to monitor behavior, to amass and analyze personal information, and to publish and disseminate it. As a result, many claim that privacy has been radically and irrevocably diminished. Attempts to mitigate these impacts through widespread advocacy efforts, policy shifts, and technical responses have had mixed results. These observations define the scope of this seminar, which undertakes a multi-faceted examination of the relationship between privacy and technology.  Using "Privacy in Context: Technology, Policy, and the Integrity of Social Life," (Stanford University Press, 2010) as its backbone reading, the seminar will sample a broad literature drawn from moral and political philosophy, law, computer science, media and communications studies, sociology, policy studies, and more. Students will play an active role leading discussions. For term papers, they will select case-studies, stake out areas of expertise, and present findings to the group.  

MANUEL PUPPIS - COMM – 805 Media Governance in Times of Crisis 

Mondays 5-7pm

Media systems in Western democracies currently undergo massive transformations. At the same time, the way media systems are created and shaped changes considerably. This shift from government to governance involves an increased emphasis on self- and co-regulation as well as on regional and global regulation. Taking an inherently comparative perspective, this course looks into the ramifications of these developments for media, journalism and democracy. The course first addresses interconnections between the move towards governance, the crisis of journalism and political communication. Second, the shift from government to governance is scrutinized, discussing privatizing, democratizing, Europeanizing and globalizing media governance. Third, the course discusses options for traditional statutory regulation to respond to the media crisis. The final part focuses on researching media governance, discussing both methods for analyzing media systems and the role of research in media policy-making.  

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