The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires

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Professor Timothy Wu of Columbia Law School gave a free public lecture on Thursday, March 22, 2012, based on material from his most recent book, The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires (Alfred A. Knopf: 2010). In The Master Switch, Wu speaks of the cycle of monopolization that has beset the development of information technologies from the telegraph to the telephone, and finally, the Internet. Referring to telecommunications giant AT&T, and more recently Apple, Comcast and Google, Wu identifies a cycle progressing from an openly-operated technology to one increasingly controlled by corporations in a closed system. The talk was co-sponsored by Media@McGill, the AHCS Speaker Series, and the Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy.

Timothy Wu is a Professor at Columbia Law School where he teaches copyright and communication. He is a McGill University alum, having received his Bachelor’s degree from the Faculty of Science in 1995, and a graduate of Harvard Law School. Wu is best known for his contribution to the principle of net neutrality and has also co-authored Who Controls the Internet? Illusions of a Borderless World (Oxford University Press: 2006) with Jack L. Goldsmith.

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March 28, 2012 at 12:28 pm


Le Journal Indépendant – Premiere emission: Pour une presse libre

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Being part of the 100th anniversary celebrations of the founding of the newspaper, Le Devoir, this all-day conference brings together prominent journalists and researchers from France, Sweden, Canada and the United States to reflect on the independent newspaper in the 21st century: its role, content and public, as well as its editorial structure, financing and management. In the current context of uncertainty for the printed press, what kind of position remains for the daily independent newspaper?

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September 24, 2010 at 3:05 pm


Le Journal Indépendant – Deuxième emission: Le journal indépendent du 21é siècle: ses rôles, ses contenus, ses publics

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Being part of the 100th anniversary celebrations of the founding of the newspaper, Le Devoir, this all-day conference brings together prominent journalists and researchers from France, Sweden, Canada and the United States to reflect on the independent newspaper in the 21st century: its role, content and public, as well as its editorial structure, financing and management. In the current context of uncertainty for the printed press, what kind of position remains for the daily independent newspaper?

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September 24, 2010 at 3:00 pm


Le Journal Indépendant – Troisième emission: L’avenir des journaux indépendants d’ici

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Being part of the 100th anniversary celebrations of the founding of the newspaper, Le Devoir, this all-day conference brings together prominent journalists and researchers from France, Sweden, Canada and the United States to reflect on the independent newspaper in the 21st century: its role, content and public, as well as its editorial structure, financing and management. In the current context of uncertainty for the printed press, what kind of position remains for the daily independent newspaper?

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September 24, 2010 at 3:00 pm


On the Politics of Science and Technology in Canada

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What happens when political ideology trumps hard science? What’s the government’s role when it comes to science and innovation? Are Canadian citizens given the opportunity to play a role as well? These are only a few of the questions tackled when Professor of Communication Studies and CRC in Technology & Citizenship Darin Barney sits down for a public conversation with former MP and Reform Party of Canada founder Preston Manning as part of a conversation series presented by Media@McGill.

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December 1, 2009 at 11:09 am


Media, Race and Power: The Case of Oscar Grant

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Angela Davis, the veteran activist and ‘60s icon of black power politics, delivers Media@McGill’s Beaverbrook Lecture, addressing the complex relationship between race, power and the media in the U.S.

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November 3, 2009 at 6:09 pm