Media & Space: The Regulation of Digital Platforms, New Media & Technologies Symposium

Friday, October 25, 2019 - 08:30 to 17:00

October 25, 2019

8:30 am – 6:00 pm

University of Windsor
 School of Creative Arts (SoCA)
Alan Wildeman Centre for Creative Arts
Multimedia Studio, 360 Freedom Way
Windsor, On, N9A 3A7



Pascale Chapdelaine, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Windsor
Michael Darroch, Associate Dean, School of Creative Arts, University of Windsor
Vincent Manzerolle, Assistant Professor, Communication, Media & Film, University of Windsor
Philip Morais, JD candidate 2021, Faculty of Law, University of Windsor



This conference brings together scholars from various disciplines including but not limited to law, communication, media, the arts, geography studies, and political science, to reflect on the challenges posed by the regulation of digital media platforms as liminal spaces that undermine clear distinctions between public and private. Topics include social media, big data, and smart cities, personal data sovereignty, algorithmic discrimination, cybersecurity, freedom of expression, and ubiquitous state and corporate surveillance. To address these disparate topics, our conference asks participants to address how the work of Marshall McLuhan on media and space —physical, virtual, public, private, borders, boundaries, environments and anti-environment— may be a point of departure and/or arrival to inform current and future regulatory/legal frameworks addressing digital media? What approaches to media and space help explain contradictions between contemporary globalization (of economies, cultures, technologies) and reassertion of national sovereignty and border controls? What is the relationship between changing media ecosystems and legal systems? Does Canada afford a unique geopolitical vantage point to explore these issues?



8:30-9:00 am - Registration and Breakfast

9:00 am - Opening Remarks

Dr. Christopher Waters, Dean, Windsor Law
Dr. Vincent Georgie, Director, School of Creative Arts
Dr. Pascale Chapdelaine, Associate Professor, Windsor Law

9:15-10:45 am - Panel 1: Keynote Speakers- McLuhan in Space, Local and Global



Andrew McLuhan, Director, The McLuhan Institute, “Snake Oil + Silicon, Big Pharma + Big Tech: human trials and innovation, a modest case for regulation."






Dr. Elaine Kahn, Author, “Resonate Space: McLuhan and Trudeau, the global village and Canada.”      






Michael Darroch, Associate Professor, SOCA & Associate Dean, Partnership Development & Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Windsor, “Border Environments:  Theorising Media and Culture in the Windsor-Detroit Borderlands, 1943-1946.”



10:45- 11:00 am - Break


11:00 am-12:30 pm - Panel 2: Law Without Walls

Dr. Jeffrey Meyers, Lecturer, Thomson Rivers University, Faculty of Law, "Without Walls: A Possible History of the Present."

Dr. Tetyana (Tanya) Krupiy, Postdoctoral Fellow, Tilburg University, "Social Injustices in the Era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution: The Use of Artificial Intelligence Decision-Making Processes as an Act of Social Engineering.”

Matthew Marinett, SJD Candidate, University of Toronto, Faculty of Law, "Comity’s Double Edge: Reciprocity and Cooperation in Global Internet Takedown Orders."


12:30-1:45 pm - Lunch



Keynote speaker, David Goodis, Assistant Commissioner (Policy & Corporate Services) Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, “’Womb to Tomb’ Surveillance Concerns with Smart Cities.” 





1:45-3:20 pm - Panel 3: Understanding Media Ecology Spaces

Dr. Jaqueline McLeod Rogers, Dept. Chair, University of Winnipeg, "ESP: What if McLuhan was . . . . ?--The Human Computer Interface and Language Transformations."

Andrey Miroshnichenko, PhD Candidate, York University, "The Question of Zuckerberg’s Guilt: Instrumental vs. Environmental Views of Media."

Adam Pugen, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Toronto, Faculty of Information, "From the Electric Tribe to the Digital Polis: Exploding the ‘Doctrine of Logos’ Online."

Dr. Robert Logan, Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto, "McLuhan’s General Theory of Media (GTOM) and the Role of Reversals: Figure/Ground; Concept/Percept; Cause/Effect and Visual/Acoustic Space."


3:20-3:35 pm - Break


3:35-4:50 pm - Panel 4: Postmodern Picnic in Space

Vincent Manzerolle, Assistant Professor, Communication, Media & Film, University of Windsor. "Cloudy Streams: Grounding the Environment in Digital Media Infrastructure."

Dr. Nathan Rambukkana, Assistant Professor, Communication Studies, Wilfred Laurier University, "Towards Platform Archaeology."

Gemma Richardson,  Professor, Humber College, "Blurring Boundaries: Viewing Context Collapse and Surveillance Capitalism on Social Media through the Work of McLuhan."


4:50-5:00 pm - Concluding Remarks


5:00-6:00 pm - Symposium Reception

Alex McKay, BFA Hon. (U. Windsor), MFA (The School of the Art Institute of Chicago), Artist's Statement: Treaty Canoe




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