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Martin Regg Cohn and the mystery of the empty classrooms (Armchair quarterback edition)

In this morning’s Toronto Star, columnist Martin Regg Cohn presents us with a puzzler about the pandemic issue of the moment, university students and online teaching: How to explain the incongruity of packing thousands of students into university dorms — … Continue reading

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Newish article: Democratic Legitimacy in Global Platform Governance

A recently published article of mine in Telecommunications Policy, with Clara Iglesias Keller. It’s Open Access, so please do check it out. It’s part of an excellent special issue on Norm entrepreneurship in internet governance, edited by by Roxana Radu, … Continue reading

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Getting the order of operations right: Why the Ford government’s attempts to save the economy won’t work, and what to do about it

TL;DR: To save the economy, first you gotta deal with the pandemic. Muddling around will only weaken the economy’s foundations. I’m a big fan of academics staying in their lane and sticking to their areas of expertise. Subject expertise in … Continue reading

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Once more, with feeling: Facebook’s new Oversight Board continues to be an attempted end-run around actual regulation

Of course it will be a “reputational shield,” as The Guardian puts it. That’s the whole point of these types of exercise. So long as Facebook makes the rules, it holds all the cards that matter. Global platform governance is … Continue reading

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Rethinking the world

Some useful suggestions from Aisha Ahmad on how academics should work in these unprecedented times, none more helpful than her advice to use the current moment to question our assumptions about how the world works: In the spirit of distraction, … Continue reading

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