Fenwick McKelvey, Director, is assistant professor of communication studies at Concordia University. His research examines algorithmic media—the intensification of software within communication infrastructure—with a focus on advanced Internet traffic management software and campaign management software. His writing has appeared in numerous journals, including Television and New Media, the International Journal of Communication, the European Journal of Cultural Studies, the Canadian Journal of Communication, Global Media Journal, and the Journal of Information Technology and Politics. He is coauthor of The Permanent Campaign: New Media, New Politics, and his book Internet Daemons is forthcoming from the University of Minnesota Press in 2018. Read more on his website.
Evan Light is assistant professor of communication and organizations at the School of Translation, Glendon College, York University in Toronto. A long-time community media and policy advocate, he has been involved in communication policy work for more than twenty years. His current research focuses on contemporary issues of privacy and surveillance. He is creator of the Snowden Archive-in-a-Box and a collaborator with the Snowden Digital Surveillance Archive.
Reza Rajabiun (MA, LLM, PhD) is a competition policy and telecom strategy expert, with research interests in the provision of broadband infrastructure, assessment of the quality of broadband networks, and rural connectivity. His work on the design of competition regulation and the evolution of market systems has appeared in various academic journals, including Competition Law and Economics, Law and Development Review, Information Policy, and Telecommunications Policy. Dr. Rajabiun works with a variety of public-sector entities evaluating economic and financial aspects of broadband infrastructure development initiatives and with nonprofit organizations trying to improve Internet connectivity in under-served rural communities and accessibility of affordable communications services available to people with disabilities. He is a member of the advisory team Regional & Rural Broadband at the University of Guelph and the Technical Committee of the Intelligent Communities Forum Canada. Selected works available here.
Tom Hackbarth is a master’s student in media studies at Concordia University. His research interests focus on the accessibility of media production and the function of community media organizations. Prior to his graduate studies he taught media production at SPNN, a community media nonprofit in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
Maggie MacDonald is a master’s student in media studies at Concordia University. She researches platforms of distribution for pornography, exploring how changes in these delivery conventions transform content, impact pleasure experiences, serve as a tool for understanding our own sexualities, and are claimed as sites of expression and resistance.
Luciano Frizzera is a Ph.D. student in Communication Studies at Concordia University. His doctoral research explores the political and social implications of algorithmic media (AI, AR, Social Media) at urban spaces. Read more on his website.
Marianne Côté recently completed her master’s degree in media studies at Concordia University. Her thesis analyzed smart cities, focusing on Montreal and its smart snow-removal system. Her research investigated what might be “new” about the smart city concept as well as what can be considered a continuation of previous instances of human-technology interaction in municipal governance. Additionally, she examined the discursive strategies used by the city of Montreal to justify its initiatives.
Robert Hunt is a master’s student in media studies at Concordia University. His thesis research analyzes the ways digital media producers employ emotion and user data—and turn emotion into data—in their attempts to capture audiences’ attention online.
Helena Krobath is a master’s student in media studies at Concordia University. She researches ways that occupations of space and sensory experience in rural public spaces relate to place-based knowledge, settler identities, and political economies of space. Her other research interests include creative methodologies, local media and information structures, and Canadian mass-media policies. She practices field recording and electro-acoustic composition among other visual media and writing.
Trevor James Smith is an independent spatial analyst/researcher who holds a master’s degree in geography, urban, and environmental studies from Concordia University. His thesis focused on using open-source software and data, climate models, and geographic information systems (GIS) to examine the potential bioclimatic impacts of climate change on Quebec vineyards. His more recent projects have examined disaster risk management in small island developing states, indigenous socioeconomic data reclamation, and the ways in which GIS can be applied to identifying, analyzing, and communicating the conditions of unserved and underserved regions of the Canadian digital landscape.