We have finalized our program for the three days! It is now available here. If you’d like to register to attend the research days, you can do so here. Here is the schedule at a glance: Research Day 1 - March 24 (12:00 - 17:15 UTC) Keynote Session w/ Chinmayi Arun, Tarleton Gillespie, and Anne Cheung 3 x 2 panel sessions: Comparative Regulation 1 Understudied Platforms Platform Labour/Gig Economy Civil Society Critical Approaches Governing Ads Research Day 2 - March 25 (12:00 - 17:15 UTC) 3 x 2 panel sessions: Comparative Regulation Redux Platform Governance w/ Chinese Characteristics Methods and Research Content and Community Moderation Democracy and Constitutionalism Governing Toxic Content Closing session + optional hangouts and project discussion breakouts Network Day - March 26 (09:00-12:15 and 19:00-23:15 UTC) Two identical sessions being run at two different time zones.
On the final day of the conference, we will discuss how best to structure and grow a platform governance research network that promotes global inclusion and diversity. Digital and human rights organizations have long conducted research and advocacy; yet those conversations too often occur in spaces siloed from scholarly discussions. How could a new research network explicitly seek to remedy these issues? What are the possibilities of a stronger connection between scholarship and civil society (re: research and advocacy) on platform governance?
+++ Context The discussions around platform governance can be traced back to long-standing debates on the legal, social, and material structures that constitute the Internet’s ordering. For over 20 years, scholars from multiple fields have sought to decipher this sprawling web of power struggles. However, the consolidation of a few digital platforms as central global spaces of interaction and consumption has re-oriented many of these endeavours, making them more specific but not less complex.