By: Victoria Campbell, Jacqueline Capossela, Sophie Gangi, Carley Germain, Deja Nelson, Akachukwu Nwosu, Andy Ma, Shweta Sinha, Jeremy Soto, Daena Vautor-Laplaceliere, et al.
This blog post is a co-authored reflection of the course Media Governance (ICM835)
Today, when experts discuss the future of technology governance, they often refer to the term singularity (e.g., Shellko, 2014). While also indicating the rapid, exponential, and continuous development of technology: computers will exceed humans in intelligence, and humans “merging” with computers. When singularity takes place, the distinction between the physical world and virtual technology has been overcome (ibid.).
Yet, will our technology future be a utopia or dystopia realized? What can we learn from current cutting-edge innovations about what could be possible in the future? This blog post discusses some promising and worrying trends with examples of existing technology and points to some governance challenges that might be ahead of us.
The Equal Justice Initiative’s Memorial and Museum in Montgomery, Alabama, is set to open on April 26, 2018. The Museum is meant to be, first and foremost, a memorial to the over 4,000 lynchings that occurred, primarily in the South, in the century following the Civil War. Continue reading “Dirt: Media, Medium & Monument”→
Written by Leah Victorino, Development coordinator at Empowered Solar and alumna of St. John’s Global Development and Social Justice Graduate Program.
Nine St. John’s University graduate students embarked on a journey to Buenos Aires with three faculty members this June for a real exercise in international business. Dean Katia Passerini, Assistant Dean Kevin James, and Dr. Basilio Monteiro identified an opportunity for us to travel, network, and participate in an introduction to the entrepreneurship field through the International Council for Small Business Academy and World Conference. Continue reading “Working the Room in Buenos Aires: A Global Gathering of Aspiring Entrepreneurs”→
On March 28, 2017, the Institute for International Communication and the Division of Mass Communication at St. John’s University hosted an academic symposium on “Consumer Identities & Digital Culture”. The symposium gathered scholars across disciplines to examine notions of identity in consumer culture. Speakers presented a range of research from historical perspectives to industry practices, from policy questions to race, gender and global diversity, across film, television and social media. Continue reading “Scholars Engaging in Academic Discourse at Consumer Identities & Digital Culture Symposium”→
Sustainable business in relation to our physical environment has become the norm. Today, companies commonly make extensive efforts to take environmental and social responsibility for their business activities. However, most companies do not pay the same respect to our digital environment. Internet and telecommunications corporations need to contribute to creating an information ecosystem in which our fundamental human rights, such as privacy and freedom of expression, are respected. The next step toward transparency about what companies are doing and how it affects our lives is to get companies held accountable for our digital environment. A powerful lever to bring this change and to get companies to do the right thing is the Ranking Digital Rights 2017 Corporate Accountability Index.
A developed and progressive country needs both genders to play an active part in economy and politics. No society can be strong if half of the population is left out. Why should one gender be underrepresented? That would be like having two hands, but only working with one.
For some, the Internet is a tool with great potential to bring about social change, mobilization of people and revolutionary movements. Contrasting to this, others argue that political engagement of people on social media cannot be considered activism and real participation after all. Is a new digital democracy evolving or is this idea of revolutionary change through opportunities of mass mobilization on social media just a myth and we have ‘politics as usual’ and the illusion of participation? Dr. King-Wa Fu, Fulbright Scholar and Visiting Associate Professor at the MIT Media Lab, originally teaching and researching at the Journalism and Media Studies Centre of the University of Hong Kong, addressed this timely issue in a guest lecture at St. John’s University. Continue reading “Guest Lecture by Fulbright Scholar: Political Participation and Media Use”→
Written by Bárbara Matias, currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Human Rights Studies at Columbia University.
Global leaders recently joined efforts to combat climate change, culminating in the historic 2015 Paris Agreement which classified climate change as “an urgent and potentially irreversible threat to human societies and the planet and thus requires the widest possible cooperation by all countries”1. Climate change is indeed a real global concern and, though the social, economic and political implications are heavily debated, it has unquestionably produced a barely-mediatized International Human Right Law problem: Climate Change Refugees.