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  • Katharine Sarikakis Chair

    University of Vienna
    Department of Communication
    Waehringer strasse 29
    Vienna   1090
    Ph. +43 6646027749394  Fax

  • Jasmine McNealy Vice Chair

    University of Florida
    PO Box 118400
    2092 Weimer Hall
    Gainesville FL  32601
    Ph. 352-846-0226  Fax

The Communication Law and Policy Division is interested in research and analysis of law, regulation, and policy that deals with information, communication, and culture. Defining policy broadly, the division includes within its purview:  principles that should or do underlie law and regulation, proposals for new law and regulation, and the  programs and institutions through which policy is implemented.    

Every step of the legal process is of interest:  policy implications of the results of research on information, communication, and culture; development of policy proposals; the  nature of policy-making and policy implementation processes; evaluation; effects; and critique.

The division's scope is global, presenting work that focuses on individual nation-states, localities, or regions; comparative studies; and international and global law.  The  Division welcomes work dealing with policy for the medium (the architecture and technologies of the global information infrastructure) as well as the message -- and the  interactions between the two. Since so much decision-making with structural effect now takes place outside of formal legal structures, the Division is also interested in  private sector policy-making.   No theoretical or methodological constraints.

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Katharine Sarikakis wrote on the Divisions: Communication Law and Policy wall: Dear Colleagues and Friends, I have waited for some time before addressing you as the Chair of the Communication Law and Policy Division about our role as intellectual workers and experts in what now seems to be a permanent case of emergency: I am referring, as you might have guessed, to the new status quo in the United States that is culminating steadily and in no unsure manner in a rollback of civil liberties, assault against human rights, including disregard for domestic national laws and codes and increasingly and clearly an assault against freedom of expression and a free press. I have been receiving messages from various colleagues around the world expressing concern, as I am sure you have been also having discussions or even participating in or leading actions to at least understand the current state of affairs. Some are clear about their positions and their role as academics, some are following the events trying to make sense of things, others hoped to “ride” the wave as it passes. I have also waited after the travel decree, expecting to see the rule of law giving some clarity, translated into policy by the government. But we know only too well that policy has not necessarily much to do with law, that laws are not necessarily impeccable in fairness, that ultimately civil society can never fully rest, assuming democracy is safe. Dear Colleagues, We all know we have work to do. How we will respond is both a personal and a professional choice, it is also a choice which rests on our epistemological convictions and practices. The travel ban is put in practice despite its defeat at US Courts. Border harassment and deny of entry are now on the daily diet. The media and journalists are being ridiculed and even banned from reporting. Fundamental rights are not simply in danger any more, but actively undermined. This is also not an American uniqueness, but it counts powerfully when it does come from America. Over 43000 US academics signed a petition against the immigration executive order; at the same time over 6500 academics from around the world have signed an open letter supporting an academic boycott of the USA by not flying to the USA for conferences in solidarity with all those actively excluded from travel. These numbers increase every day. It is obvious, the academic community globally is concerned, I am writing this letter to ask you what you would like to see from our division as form of response and action in these difficult times. As particularly a division with “law” in its title, I believe we have a moral obligation to raise these issues publicly and add our voice, even if small, to say “it is not ok”. I would like to open this to our community and ask for your views and for volunteers to help plan a strategy for our division. Certainly, simply allowing skype presentations is not the solution. I am also writing to ask you to share with us, if you are planning to not travel to San Diego as a matter of conscience and if so, whether you would like to share your thoughts and any initiatives you are currently involved in. I will pass these on to all members through this list. Finally, allow me to offer our lab’s blogspace for postings about the recent and current assault on media freedoms and human rights and extend a warm invitation to any of you who would like to write a piece discussing an aspect you feel is of great significance. Colleagues have already posted their reactions and you can find their posts here: Looking forward to hearing from you, Thank you Katharine Chair Communication Law and Policy Division International communication Association Links of interest Academics Against Immigration Executive Orde
Posted Sunday, February 26, 2017
Katharine Sarikakis wrote on the Divisions: Communication Law and Policy wall: Dear Colleagues, as we are finalising the CLaP sessions, we have some spots for Chairs. If you are interested in serving as panel chair, please get in touch. With best wishes Katharine
Posted Thursday, February 2, 2017
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Posted Tuesday, January 17, 2017
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Posted Sunday, January 15, 2017

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