Community invited to virtual symposium on digital regulation

An upcoming Brock event will explore fundamental questions about digital policymaking.

Taking place Tuesday, Nov. 7, Digital Regulation in the Public Interest: Surveying the Field will bring together scholars to survey and showcase research related to the public and private governance of the ever-expanding digital sphere.

“Digital issues now touch every aspect of our social, economic, political and cultural lives, from social media and state surveillance to online elections and online privacy,” says Associate Professor of Political Science Blayne Haggart. “We see the symposium as a chance to look at different aspects of what digital governance in the public interest should look like by creating dialogues among digital-focused scholars from different fields.”

The interdisciplinary virtual symposium will be led by Haggart and is being hosted by the Faculty of Social Sciences as part of the Social Sciences Symposium Series.

The day-long event begins at 9 a.m. and features three virtual panels followed by a book presentation and launch, with all virtual sessions offering simultaneous American Sign Language interpretation. Brock faculty presenters from the Departments of Political Science and Communication, Popular Culture and Film, along with PhD students from Brock’s Interdisciplinary Humanities program, will be joined by scholars from McMaster University, Western University, York University and the University of Alberta.

Topics include:

  • the copyright tech lobby
  • regulating election technologies
  • consumer privacy protection
  • interventionist tactics for digital regulation
  • responsible artificial intelligence integration
  • ethics and police podcasts
  • ChatGPT in mainstream media
  • smart city design, governance and procurement
  • Diia app use in Ukraine
  • Indigenous movements and digital technology in Latin America
  • digital sovereignty and research in Indigenous communities
  • data laundering and surveillance

The final session of the symposium is the book launch for The New Knowledge: Information, Data and the Remaking of Global Power, co-authored by Haggart and Natasha Tusikov of York University. Haggart and Tusikov will share insights on the book at this closing hybrid session, accessible via Microsoft Teams or in person on the Brock University campus in PL 600F from 3:15 to 4:45 p.m.

The symposium is free and open to the public but advance registration is required to access the online event.

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