• 1.Broadband Adoption and the Role of the Public Library: Issues and Solutions

    The release of the National Broadband Plan by the Federal Communications Commission has focused national attention on ensuring ubiquitous access to broadband. However, there are significant challenges to meeting that goal, and solutions will need to take many variables into account. The Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) of the American Library Association (ALA) hosts a panel discussion that will address some of these issues from the national, state, and local perspective – including challenges for public libraries as non-adopters continue to flock to the library. Panelists will talk about specific concerns for vulnerable populations and present possible strategies for libraries that find themselves on the front lines, including a new collaborative effort to reach non-adopters led by the New Mexico State Library. Panelists include, Mark Lloyd, Associate General Counsel/Chief Diversity Officer for the FCC; Susan Oberlander, New Mexico State Librarian; and Dharma Dailey, independent researcher for the SSRC.

    Date
    , 1:30pm
    Location
    Washington Convention Center Rm. 147A, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW, Washington, D.C.
    Program
    Broadband Adoption in Low-Income Communities
    Meetings & Events
  • 2.Special Forum: Communications Policy and Ethnic Media and Their Communities

    The New York Community Media Alliance hosts a special forum on communications policy and its possible effects on ethnic media and their communities. Dharma Dailey, co-Director of Deep Tech, will present findings from the SSRC study of "Broadband Adoption in Low-Income Communities." Other invited speakers include representatives from the Media Action Grassroots Network, Free Press, Media Access Project, New America Foundation, People's Production House, Media Literacy Project, Consumers Union, Public Utility Law Project, and the USC Annenberg School for Communication.

    Date
    , 9:30am –
    Location
    CUNY Graduate School of Journalism -- Conference Room 308, 219 W. 40th St., New York, NY
    Program
    Broadband Adoption in Low-Income Communities
    Meetings & Events
  • 3.America's Digital Inclusion Summit

    Working Together To Expand Opportunity Join the Federal Communications Commission and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation for an overview of the recommendations in the FCC’s National Broadband Plan meant to ensure that all Americans are included in the broadband era. As the FCC prepares to deliver the Plan to Congress on March 17th, hear perspectives from Chairman Genachowski, members of Congress, Knight Foundation President & CEO Alberto Ibargüen and people from across the country that have benefited from broadband. Help create solutions that drive broadband adoption for all Americans.

    Date
    , 10:00am –
    Location
    Live at the Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington DC. Videocast at the FCC Commission Room, 445 12th SW, Washington DC.
    Program
    Broadband Adoption in Low-Income Communities
    Meetings & Events
  • 4.Barriers to Broadband Adoption: FCC-Commissioned Study Briefing

    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) unveil the study findings of the SSRC in its report, Broadband Adoption in Low-Income Communities, March 2 at an event hosted by the American Library Association (ALA). The FCC commissioned the study to help inform their understanding of barriers to broadband adoption and to shape the National Broadband Plan due to Congress on March 17 under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The presenters will discuss the contexts for understanding barriers to broadband adoption. Such challenges vary from price to skill and language barriers to the challenges of community-based organizations, such as libraries, in providing broadband access for those without it at home as well as instruction on using the Internet. After the program, participants will take questions from the audience. Presenters include: John Horrigan, Consumer Research Director, FCC; Mark Lloyd, Associate General Counsel and Chief Diversity Officer; Dharma Dailey, Independent Researcher, SSRC; Amelia Bryne, Independent Researcher, SSRC; and Emily Sheketoff, Executive Director, ALA Washington Office. For additional information on this event, please call the American Library Association at 202-628-8410.

    Date
    , 11:30am –
    Location
    2261 Rayburn House Office Building, 50 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC
    Program
    Broadband Adoption in Low-Income Communities
    Meetings & Events
  • 5.NK09 Collaborative Grants Workshop

    The Necessary Knowledge for a Democratic Public Sphere program of the Social Science Research Council co-hosted a two-day (June 2nd-3rd) gathering of grantees, program partners, scholars and advocates to facilitate discussion on strategies to improve and increase research-advocacy collaborations on media and communications issues. The SSRC workshop was followed June 3rd-6th by Beyond Broadcast 2009: Public Service Media from Local to Global, an event organized by the USC Annenberg School for Communication.

    Date
    Location
    Annenberg School for Communication, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
    Program
    Necessary Knowledge for a Democratic Public Sphere
    Meetings & Events
  • 6.NCMR08 Pre-Conference: Academic Research for Media Reform

    Co-hosted by Pennsylvania State University, the SSRC, and Free Press, the Academic Research for Media Reform Symposium for Scholars was held the day before the National Conference for Media Reform (May 6-8, 2008). Scholars presented new research on issues of media ownership, sustaining independent media, digital technology challenges, and access to dominant media, with the aim of promoting dialogue between academics and media advocates/activists.

    Date
    , 8:00am –
    Location
    Hyatt Regency, Minneapolis, MN
    Program
    Necessary Knowledge for a Democratic Public Sphere
    Meetings & Events
  • 7.Bridging Scholar/Activist Divides in the Field of Communications

    This pre-conference for the annual meeting of the International Communication Association (May 22-26, 2008) addressed divides between research and advocacy in communication areas such as public health, media diversity, communications policy, global communications, Internet governance, journalism, technology usage/diffusion, and political communication. Organized along three tracks -- Bridging Organizational Cultures, Mapping Research Needed for Social Impacts, and Communicating Social Impacts -- the event encouraged individuals in academe, journalism, industry, government, and civil society to coalesce a set of concrete proposals for institutional change that can lead to tighter links between research and issue advocacy. In Montreal, the ICA also presented two researchers with new SSRC-sponsored prizes in media and communications: the CRAC (Communication Research as an Agent of Change) and CROF (Communication Research as an Open Field) awards.

    Date
    , 1:00pm –
    Location
    Le Centre Sheraton Hotel, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    Program
    Necessary Knowledge for a Democratic Public Sphere
    Meetings & Events
  • 8.'Necessary Knowledge' Grantee Workshop on Collaborative Research & Advocacy for Media & Communications

    The SSRC, along with the Center for International Media Action (CIMA), the Annenberg School for Communication and Media Mobilizing Project co-hosted a two-day gathering of grantees, program partners, scholars and advocates to facilitate discussion on strategies to improve and increase research-advocacy collaborations on media and communications issues. Essays contributed for the workshop in February have been gathered together in our online essay forum, "Making Communications Research Matter.".

    Date
    Location
    Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
    Program
    Necessary Knowledge for a Democratic Public Sphere
    Meetings & Events
  • 9.Media Policy Research Pre-Conference

    The Media Policy Research Pre-conference was a one-day event leading into the National Conference for Media Reform on January 12-14th, 2007. The Pre-Conference was intended to facilitate stronger academic research engagement with policy processes, advocacy needs, and other aspects of media reform. Scholars and researchers from a wide range of disciplines gathered on January 11th to discuss ways of coordinating research efforts on policy opportunities and reform agendas in 2007. SSRC and Free Press co-sponsored the event.

    Date
    , 1:00am
    Location
    Memphis, TN
    Program
    Necessary Knowledge for a Democratic Public Sphere
    Meetings & Events
  • 10.Media Ownership Research Press Conference

    On October 23, 2006, the Benton Foundation and the Social Science Research Council released four independent academic studies on the impact of media consolidation in the United States. The new research focuses on how the concentration of media ownership affects media content, from local news reporting to radio music programming, and how minority groups have fared -- as both media outlet owners and as historically undeserved audiences -- in an increasingly deregulated media environment.

    Date
    Program
    Necessary Knowledge for a Democratic Public Sphere
    Meetings & Events
  • 11.International Symposium on Women and News

    The International Symposium on Women and News, held in conjunction with the 2006 conference of the International Communications Association, brought together a group of international scholars to discuss ways of expanding and strengthening research on the participation and representation of women in the news media. The SSRC co-sponsored the event.

    Date
    Location
    Dresden, Germany
    Program
    Necessary Knowledge for a Democratic Public Sphere
    Meetings & Events
  • 12.Access to Knowledge (A2K) Conference

    …'Access to Knowledge' describes the challenge of building stronger and more equitable participation in the knowledge economy, ranging from securing access to essential medicines, to expanding access to communications infrastructures, to ensuring a richer public domain in science and culture on which creators can draw. The SSRC was a co-sponsor of the first ISP A2K conference, which explored the linkages, applications, opportunities, and research needs of this nascent movement.

    Date
    Location
    Information Society Project, Yale Law School, New Haven, CT
    Program
    Necessary Knowledge for a Democratic Public Sphere
    Meetings & Events
  • 13.Planning Meeting on Data Consortium on Media & Communications Policy

    The SSRC sponsored a second planning meeting of a small group of academics and advocates involved in media research and media policy to discuss the possible strategies and activities of the Data Consortium on Media & Communications Policy. The event was hosted by the Center for Public Integrity. The meeting concluded with an action plan to launch the Consortium and begin to engage a broader constituency.

    Date
    , 1:00am
    Location
    Center for Public Integrity, Washington, DC
    Program
    Necessary Knowledge for a Democratic Public Sphere
    Meetings & Events
  • 14.Information, Communication and New Media Studies: Networking a Multidisciplinary Field

    The SSRC and the Oxford Internet Institute co-hosted a two-day workshop on the changing nature of public life as information and communication technologies (ICTs) increasingly become subjects and tools of research -- both inside and outside the academy. The meeting took stock of 15 years of efforts at institutional reinvention in this area and identified promising approaches for international and multidisciplinary collaboration.

    Date
    Location
    Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, England
    Program
    Necessary Knowledge for a Democratic Public Sphere
    Meetings & Events
  • 15.World Social Forum

    The SSRC sponsored two participants (Sheetal Matani, from the Center for International Media Action, and Jennifer Wager, Founder and Director/Producer of "Venezuela Rising") in the Communications Rights Delegation to the World Social Forum. The US group attended the WSF in order to explore and develop connections between US and international media policy and activism.

    Date
    , 1:00am
    Location
    Caracas, Venezuela
    Program
    Necessary Knowledge for a Democratic Public Sphere
    Meetings & Events
  • 16.Media and Communications at a Crossroads: The Role of Scholarship for Media Reform and Justice

    The Ford Foundation hosted a one-day convening on the state of media and communications. Featuring various grantees, advocacy partners, and researchers that the Foundation has supported since 1999, this was a chance for participants to reflect on the work that has been done and to discuss new opportunities and challenges for the field in the future. A full report on the meeting and the issues addressed is available for download.

    Date
    , 1:00am
    Location
    New York, NY
    Program
    Necessary Knowledge for a Democratic Public Sphere
    Meetings & Events
  • 17.Future of Music Coalition’s Policy Summit

    The SSRC co-sponsored, on September 12, 2005, a special meeting for media researchers on access to data issues, as part of the Future of Music Coalition's Policy Summit. This Summit brought together musicians, lawyers, academics, policymakers and music industry executives to discuss and debate issues surrounding digital technology, artists’ rights and the current state of the music industry.

    Date
    Location
    George Washington University, Washington, DC
    Program
    Necessary Knowledge for a Democratic Public Sphere
    Meetings & Events