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Data, Technology and Power: Global Frontiers of Political Economy

November 3, 2023 at 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Location:A602 Loeb Building

Political Science Workshop
Data, Technology and Power: Global Frontiers of Political Economy


The New Knowledge book cover imageJoin us to explore the global frontiers of political economy in the age of big data, new technology and changing forms of power in the global political economy. The afternoon will kick off with a panel featuring the book launch of The New Knowledge: Information, Data and the Remaking of Global Power (Rowman & Littlefield, 2023) by Blayne Haggart (Brock University) and Natasha Tusikov (York University). This path-breaking manuscript provides a new framework to help us understand how property, ownership and control are being reconfigured in a knowledge-driven economy. A second panel will feature doctoral students from across FPA who will present their research on the themes of data, technology and power in the global political economy. Snacks and beverages will be provided; registration is required.

12 noon                Welcome (refreshments provided)

12.30 – 2.00pm    Book Launch Panel

The New Knowledge: Information, Data and the Remaking of Global Power
Blayne Haggart (Brock University) and Natasha Tusikov (York University)
Discussant:  Dwayne Winseck (School of Journalism and Communication)

2.00 – 2.30pm      Break (refreshments provided)

2.30 – 4.00pm      Doctoral Research Panel

Ewen Cameron (MA candidate, Institute of Political Economy)
“Regulating Meta: Compliance and Circumvention Post-GDPR”

Xiaofei Han (ABD, Journalism and Communication)
“Taobao/Livestreaming Village Model?: ‘Platform Capitalism’ Revisited from a Non-Linear Perspective”

Ilirjan Shehu (ABD, Political Science)
“Defining ‘Technological Automation’ as a Power Process:  Efficiency, Sabotage and the Framing of Reality Through Automation”

Hailey Walker (ABD, Political Science)
“Digitizing Genealogy: & the Datafication of the Archive”

Panelist Bios

Blayne Haggart is Associate Professor of Political Science at Brock University. His research focuses on the international political economy of knowledge, particularly intellectual property rights, data governance and internet governance. Professor Haggart is also a Senior Fellow with the Centre for International Governance Innovation in Waterloo, ON, and an Associate Senior Fellow with the Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany.

Natasha Tusikov is Associate Professor in the School of Social Science at York University. Her research examines the intersection among law, crime, technology, and regulation. She is also a senior fellow at the Balsillie School of International Affairs in Waterloo, and a visiting fellow with the Justice and Technoscience Lab (JusTech Lab), School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) at the Australian National University.

Dwayne Winseck is Professor at the School of Journalism and Communication, with a cross appointment at the Institute of Political Economy, Carleton University. He is currently also the Director of the Global Media and Internet Concentration Project, a project funded by the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Partnership Grant.

Ewen Cameron is an MA candidate in the Institute of Political Economy. His MA thesis, The Political Economic Development of the Platform Model: Data Privacy, Regulation and Platform Expansion, examines the political economy of digital platform advertising through a case study of Facebook/Meta, with a focus on the shifting terrain of user data and privacy practices.

Xiaofei Han is a PhD candidate (ABD) in the School of Journalism and Communication and course instructor in Communication and Media Studies at Carleton University. Her dissertation, To Stream Beyond Boundaries: Structure and Composition of China’s Livestreaming Industries, examines cross-sectoral value chains behind the Chinese livestreaming industries.

Ilirjan Shehu is a PhD candidate (ABD) in Political Science and a contract instructor at Carleton University. His dissertation, Restructuring Society Through Technological Automation: A Philosophical and Empirical Study of Technological Automation as a Power Process, examines the role of technological automation in society and questions of power and distribution through a political economy lenses.

Hailey Walker is a PhD candidate (ABD) in Political Science. Her dissertation,, Big Data & the Will to Identity: Toward a Genealogy of Genealogy, positions as a key political actor (alongside other data giants like Google and Facebook) in digitalized societies wherein the public-private divide is constitutively blurred.