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2015-16 Archives

Faculty Workshops
Ninth Annual DCC Conference
Graduate Workshops

Faculty Workshops

The long-term impacts of disruptive new technologies are always difficult to predict. This is particularly true for the emergence, spread and evolution of digital media over the last several decades. Do web-based, mobile, and social media provide unprecedented opportunities to democratize the production of news and public information, or do they only weaken the authority and legitimacy of professional journalists? Do they improve the efficiency and accountability of governments and businesses, or do they provide new tools for government and corporate surveillance? Do they enable democratic movements against repressive regimes, or do they provide these regimes greater means of repression? Do they facilitate and even redefine the nature of civic and political engagement, or do they divert attention from public life and issues? Do they contribute to new forms of citizenship and identity that cross national and social boundaries, or do they harden national, ethnic, religious and social divides?  Do they serve as public spaces for deliberation and rational discourse, or do they amplify extreme voices that contribute to the fracturing of societies along ideological lines?  As it devotes its 2015-16 year to the theme, “Digital Media and the Future of Democracy,” Penn DCC seeks to assess the complex impact of the radically evolving media landscape on democratic politics, as well as on the closely related issues of citizenship and constitutional government, both in the United States and around the globe. In our faculty workshops and annual conference, we will enlist the help of an interdisciplinary group of scholars to shed light on these issues, in the hope of providing a clearer vision of future promise and peril.

Opening Event (Sept. 8, 2015)
Cass Sunstein (Harvard Law School)
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Watch Video of "Polarization 2.0".

Philip N. Howard (Communication, University of Washington)
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Watch Video of "Is the Internet of Things Your New Constitution?"

Jennifer Earl (Sociology, University of Arizona)
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Yochai Benkler (Harvard Law School)
View Description. Read SOPA-PIPA Paper. Read Net Neutrality Paper. 
Watch Video of "The Networked Public Sphere".

Kelly Gates (Communications, UC San Diego)
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Watch Video of "Big Data and State Transparency".

Beth Simone Noveck (Jerry Hultin Global Network Professor, NYU)
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Watch Video of "Crowdsourcing Smartly".

Helen Nissenbaum (Media, Culture & Communication and Computer Science , NYU)
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Watch Video of "Must Privacy Give Way to Use Regulation?".

Deen Freelon (School of Communication, American University)
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Watch Video of "From Hashtag to Movement".

Gabriella Coleman (McGill University)
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Watch Video of "Weapons of the Geek".


9th Annual DCC Conference (5/6/2016)

Digital Media and the Future(s) of Democracy

Panel 1: Democracy, Development and State
Building in the Digital Media

Chair: Guobin Yang (Communication and Sociology, UPenn)
Lisa Poggiali (Penn DCC Postdoctoral Fellow)
Zeynep Tufekci (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Discussant: Marwan Kraidy (Communication, UPenn)
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Panel 2: Citizenship, Engagement & Digital Media

Chair: Michael X. Delli Carpini (Communication, UPenn)
Daniel Kreiss 
(University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Daniela Stockmann (Leiden University)
Discussant: Victor Pickard (Communication, UPenn)
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Panel 3: Governance & Digital Media

Chair: Nikhil Anand
Paula Chakravartty 
(New York University)
Jennifer Pan (Stanford University)
Discussant: Jacque deLisle (Penn Law)
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Panel 4: Gender, Digital Media, and
Democratic Development

Chair: Sharrona Pearl (Communication, UPenn)
Rena Bivens
 (Carleton University)
Lisa McLaughlin (Miami University)
Discussant: Nancy Hirschmann (Political Science, UPenn)
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Graduate Workshops

Constitution Making and Un-Making:
Democratic Reform, Past and Present

Robinson Woodward-Burns (Political Science, UPenn): “Experience Must Be Our Only Guide: Constitutional Decentralization and Instability at the American Founding”
Jan Smolenski (Politics, The New School): “Semi-Federalism, Multi-Stage Constituent Process, and Diffused Popular Sovereignty: The Principles and Implications of the Making of 1780 Constitution in Massachusetts”
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Saving Democracy? Economic and
Technological Answers to Political Problems

Alexander Arnold (History, NYU): "Democratic Economic Governance in an Era of Crisis: The Limits and Possibilities of the Economic Thought of the French New Left"
Ashley Gorham (Political Science, UPenn): "The Well-Informed Citizen: A Critique"
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States of Surveillance

Tali Ziv (Anthropology, UPenn): "’It be hard just existing’: Affective Precarity andInstitutional Surveillance in Philadelphia's Inner-city”
Alex Hazanov (History, UPenn): “Foreign Visitors in the Late Soviet Union, the KGB and the Limits of Surveillance”
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Beyond Borders: Citizenship,
National Belonging and the Law

Allison Powers Useche (History, Columbia University): “The Standard of Civilization on Trial at the US Mexico Claims Commission, 1923-1937”
Elspeth Wilson (Political Science, UPenn): “Islands of Civic Exclusion: Puerto Rico, U.S.Global Imperialism, and the Insular Cases”
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Immigration: Economics, Policy, and Politics

Sarah Coleman (History, Princeton): “'To reward the wrong way is not the American way:” Welfare, Immigrants’ Rights and the Battle over Benefits 1990 -1997"
Alberto Ciancio (Economics, UPenn): "The Economics of Local Immigration Enforcement in the United States"
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Experts, Ideas, and Policy

Negar Razavi (Anthro, UPenn): “'Off the Record and in the Loop': An Ethnography of the Washington Foreign Policy Establishment"
Kristian Taketomo (History, UPenn): "Urbanization as Development: Modernization and “The City” in Postwar America"
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Political Economies and the State

Emma Teitelman (History, UPenn):  “Mining for Sovereignty in the Civil-War West”
Sid Rothstein (Political Science, UPenn): “The Constitution of Employer Discretion”
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Ideologies of Race and Slavery

Westenley Alcenat  (History, Columbia University): “Between Slaves and Citizens: Free Blacks and the Transformation of Citizenship in the Age of Revolutions, 1776-1840”
Dani Holtz (History, UPenn): “Who are the True Conservatives?”
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Health Care and Civic Belonging

Matthew Kavanagh (Poli Sci, UPenn): “Constitutionalizing Health: Rights, Democracy & Public Policy in South Africa”
Ashley Tallevi (Poli Sci, UPenn): “Out of Sight, Out of Mind? Measuring the Effects of Privatization on Medicaid Self-Reporting”
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