Episode 19 – Internet Rights as Human Rights, Challenges and Policy Implications

Guests: Dwyane Winseck, Professor at the School of Journalism and Communication and John Lawford, Executive Director and General Counsel of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) in Ottawa. 

About: This episode explores the shift towards accepting access to the Internet as a basic human right in Canada and across the world. There remains a vast digital divide between developed and developing countries, and within our own borders, which manifests itself in disconnecting people from essential services and information that would otherwise improve livelihoods. Join Mitch and Mel as they find out what having “Internet rights” really means.

Dwayne Winseck is Professor at the School of Journalism and Communication, with a cross appointment at the Institute of Political Economy, Carleton University. Dwayne’s co-authored book with Robert Pike Communication and Empire: Media, Markets and Globalization, 1860-1930 won the Canadian Communication Association’s book-of-the-year prize in 2008. Dwayne is also director of the Canadian Media Concentration Research Project and has been the lead Canadian researcher in the International Media Concentration Research Project since 2009.

John Lawford is Executive Director and General Counsel of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) in Ottawa. John has been with PIAC since July 2003 and Executive Director and General Counsel since September 2012.

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