Celebrating 20 years, the Media Policy Summer Institute has brought together top early career scholars (including advanced PhD students, post-docs and lecturers), media lawyers and regulators, human rights activists, and policy makers from countries around the world to discuss the effects of technology, media, and policy from a global and multi-disciplinary perspective. Participants take part in an intensive and inter-disciplinary two-week program in Oxford that blends expert instruction with participatory activity, group work, and discussion. With 30 participants each year, hailing from more than 20 countries, the Media Policy Summer Institute has long offered participants unrivalled exposure to the diverse experiences of its global participants as well as a uniquely informed comparative view of their different media and digital environments. The Institute’s alumni are an exceptional and vibrant group who stay engaged and collaborate well past the end of the 2-week Summer Institute through the active alumni network. Many go on to become leaders at top government agencies, corporations, non-profits, and academic institutions around the world.


The internet and other new technologies are rapidly and irreversibly changing global media environments presenting enormous challenges for building policies that both understand the scope of new technologies like artificial intelligence, biometrics, and social media, and can adequately protect the rights of the media and people using them. With the arrival of Europe’s new General Data Protection Regulation and social media giants like Facebook and Google being brought to testify before Congress in the Unites States, the last year has shown just how urgent it is to make sense of how our online media lives should and should not be governed. Previous themes included: internet shutdowns, algorithmic bias and inequality, innovative efforts to connect the unconnected, biometric technology, extreme speech online.

IN OXFORD: 3-14 August 2020

Enjoy a full immersion in the academic environment of the oldest university in the English-speaking world, in the company of colleagues and experts from various continents!

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