Platforms and Power: A Panel Discussion

Authors

  • Sara Bannerman McMaster University
  • Christina Baade McMaster University
  • Rena Bivens Carleton University
  • Leslie Regan Shade University of Toronto
  • Shepherd Tamara University of Calgary
  • Andrea Zeffiro McMaster University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.22230/cjc.2020v45n3a3901

Keywords:

Regulation, Platform imperialism, Data discrimination, Digital labour, Speculative design / Réglementation, Impérialisme des plateformes, Discrimination relative aux données, Travail numérique, Design spéculatif

Abstract

Background This article is based on a panel discussion at McMaster University in 2019.

Analysis Five questions are posed: 1) What is pressing about research on platforms and power right now? 2) What is the most powerful example of a research design that could disrupt or transform platform power? 3) Can platforms and algorithms be liberating? 4) How can researchers and policymakers work together for change? 5) What regulatory futures should researchers attend to, and how can research contribute to platform regulation? 

Conclusions and implications Panel participants provide insights into the questions posed.

 

Contexte Cet article se base sur une table ronde qui a eu lieu à l’Université McMaster en 2019.

Analyse Cinq questions furent posées : 1) Qui a-t-il de plus pressant actuellement dans la recherche sur les plateformes et le pouvoir? 2) Quel est l’exemple le plus puissant d’un plan d’expérience qui pourrait ébranler ou transformer le pouvoir des plateformes? 3) Les plateformes et les algorithmes peuvent-ils être libérateurs? 4) Comment les chercheurs et les décideurs peuvent-ils collaborer pour encourager le changement? 5) Pour quels avenirs réglementaires les chercheurs devraient-ils se préparer, et comment la recherche peut-elle contribuer à améliorer la réglementation des plateformes?

Conclusion et implications Les participants à la table ronde proposent diverses réponses aux cinq questions.

Author Biographies

Sara Bannerman, McMaster University

Sara Bannerman is Canada Research Chair in Communication Policy and Governance and Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies & Multimedia at McMaster University.

Christina Baade, McMaster University

Christina Baade is Chair and Professor in the Department of Communication Studies & Multimedia at McMaster University.

Rena Bivens, Carleton University

Rena Bivens is Associate Professor in the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University.

Leslie Regan Shade, University of Toronto

Leslie Regan Shade is Professor in the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto.

Shepherd Tamara, University of Calgary

Tamara Shepherd is Associate Professor at the Department of Communication, Media and Film, University of Calgary.

Andrea Zeffiro, McMaster University

Andrea Zeffiro is Academic Director for the Lewis & Ruth Sherman Centre for Digital Scholarship and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies & Multimedia at McMaster University.

Published

2020-09-23