The Political Economy of ICT is about the intersection of economics, culture and political relations mediated by technology primarily in the Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT) industries. A place where the past and future is colliding with the present.
My interest in communications comes from a number of intersections. Formal studies at Simon Fraser University began with history, shifted to communications, and finished with political science. Writing about the 2006 Asian Tsunami, I was interested in the way new media and citizen journalism was impacting traditional news. The Orange and Cedar Revolutions were taking place and soft power and ICT seemed to be having democratic developments, topics I explored in my honours thesis.
After completing an Honours BA, I continued self-directed studies about political economy and how new information and communication technologies were changing the way societies organized and grew. Social media for career development became an important tangent with my day job, and I started paying more attention to copyright and ICT infrastructure policy — both internationally and in Canada. I also began attending local tech, web and social media events in Vancouver.
I moved to Toronto to pursue an MA in the Communications and Culture Program at Ryerson University, in the Politics and Policy stream. My studies seek to explore communication policy in Canada and investigate how industry, government and public advocacy comes together to create successful policy. Research projects I have contributed to have ranged from social media and Canadian party politics to cybercrime legislation [PDF] and Canada’s 700MHz spectrum policy. The capstone for my MA is a major research paper, examining spectrum regime governance’s role in Canadian (and global) communications policy.
This blog is a place for me to muse about new developments in ICT and related-areas. In addition, it will hopefully serve as a place to begin a discussion with others. All my views/comments expressed on this site are my own and should not be seen to represent my employer(s), past or present.