Conferences and Workshops

The Role of Advocacy in Media and Telecom Policy

A by-invitation experts’ workshop
New America Foundation, 1899 L Street NW, Suite 400, Washington, D.C.
September 29-October 1, 2013


Sunday, Sept. 29

7:00 PM Welcome Gathering: Vapiano, 1800 M. Street NW, Washington, DC


Monday, Sept. 30

8:15-8:45 Continental Breakfast

8:45-9:00 Amit Schejter, Krishna Jayakar, Richard Taylor, IIP and Benjamin Lennett, New America Foundation.  Welcome, introductions, opening comments, workshop logistics.


Part I: Historical Context

9:00-10:00 Session I: “Media Advocacy from Above and Below: Lessons from the Postwar Media Reform Movement”.  Victor Pickard, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania.
Respondent: Milton Mueller, Syracuse University

Part II:  Academics and Activists

10:00-11:00 Session II: “The Role of Experiential Learning in Advancing Media Policy Literacy”. Becky Lentz, McGill University.

Respondent: Angela Campbell, Georgetown University

11:00-11:15 Coffee Break

11:15-12:15 Session III: “Academics and Activists in the Policy Process: Engagement with Australian Media and Copyright Law Inquiries 2011-13”. Terry Flew, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia.
Respondent: Richard Taylor, Penn State

12:15-1:30 Lunch Roundtable: On advocacy work and on the advocacy-academia divide: Harold Feld, Public Knowledge; Mark Lloyd, New America Foundation

1:30-2:30 Session IV: “Circumstantial advocacy: Telecom policy participation in Canada”. Tamara Shepherd, Gregory Taylor & Catherine Middleton, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada
Respondent: Prabir Neogi, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada

2:30-3:30 Session V: “Indigenous Broadband Policy Advocacy in Canada’s Far North”. Rob McMahon, University of New Brunswick, Canada; Heather Hudson, University of Alaska Anchorage
Respondent: Krishna Jayakar, Penn State

3:30-3:45 Coffee break

Part III: Citizen Engagement in Law Making

3:45-4:45 Session VI: “Policy Hacking: Citizen-based Law-making and Policy Code”. Arne Hintz, Cardiff University, UK.
Respondent: Claire Milne, London School of Economics

Part IV: Corporate Policy Activism

4:45-5:45 Session VII: “Internet Policy by Numbers – Corporate Advocacy in the Internet Industry”.  Mikkel Flyverbom, Copenhagen Business School.

Respondent: Benjamin Lennet, New America Foundation

7:30 Dinner  Daily Grill, 1200 18th Street NW, Washington, DC

Tuesday, October 1

8:30-9:00 Continental Breakfast

Part V: Role of Epistemic Communities

9:00-11:00 Session VIII (two papers)
“Epistemic Communities and Minority Broadcast Ownership”. Jeffrey Layne Blevins, University of Cincinnati.

“Epistemic Communities and FCC Policy: Case Study of African-American and Feminist Activism”. Aitza Haddad & Carolyn M. Byerly, Howard University.

11:00-11:15 Coffee Break

Part VI: Analyzing Policy Activism – Case studies

11:15-12:15 Session IX: “The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement and European Civil Society: A Case Study on Networked Advocacy”. James Losey, New America Foundation.
Respondent: Erik Bohlin, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

12:15-1:30 Lunch Speaker: “Analytics in service of progressive advocacy”. Mark Cooper, Consumer Federation of America

1:30-2:30 Session X: “Bridging the Technocratic Divide: How Free Press and Freedom Works Use Digital Form Letters to Engage Citizens in Media Advocacy”. Jonathan A. Obar, Michigan State University/University of Toronto
Respondent: Matt Wood, Free Press

2:30-3:30 Session XI (By Skype): “Do Demonstrations Work?  Can They Change Telecom Policy?  A Practitioners’ Perspective”. Pete Tridish, citizen activist.
Respondent: Martha Fuentes Bautista, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

3:30-3:45 Coffee Break

3:45-4:45 Session XII: “Stopping SOPA & PIPA: Framing, Dramatic Tactics and Stakeholder Participation in Technology Advocacy”. Luis E. Hestres, doctoral candidate, American University.
Respondent: Ben Cramer, Penn State

4:45-5:30 Closing Remarks