2023 Oxford Media Policy Summer Institute to Hold at Jesus College from July 31 to August 11


The 2023 Oxford Media Policy Summer Institute will be held at Jesus College from July 31 to August 11, jointly organized by the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy at the University of Oxford’s Centre for Socio-Legal Studies and the University of Johannesburg’s School of Communication.

The 2023 programme will focus on the theme “Technology and Policy in Turbulent Times: Whose Rights and Whose Responsibilities?” It will explore cutting-edge issues around technology law and policy globally, with a focus on governance and inequalities.  Topics that will be discussed include AI and online content moderation; internet shutdowns during elections and conflict; AI for social good and human rights; surveillance and smart cities; inequalities and infrastructure; and the regulation of online platforms and social media, particularly in the global south.

Speakers are expected from around the world, and the event will be exploring media policy in current events such as the ongoing Russian-Ukraine war, social media and elections in Latin America, and internet shutdowns in India.  The Institute will also use its vantage point from the UK to discuss emerging issues in the EU and engage with local actors including Ofcom and the BBC.  As with institutes in the past, it will have speakers from across Oxford, as well as prominent guests from policy and government, and the private sector.

The Media Policy Summer Institute has, for over two decades, built a vibrant network of alumni around the world and it invites people from around the world to join it to discuss contemporary issues of global media policy over breakfast, during seminars, and on long walks through the Oxford countryside. Interested persons should get in touch with the organisers if they have any questions: pcmlp@socleg.ox.ac.uk

Participants, who will be converging from more than 20 countries, will use the opportunity to discuss the effects of technology, media, and policy from a global and multidisciplinary perspective as well as to connect with leading scholars and practitioners; facilitate interdisciplinary dialogue; and build space for future collaborations.