Correspondence by Commissioner James H. Quello To the Terry Rakolta

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July 20th, 2017


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Concurring Statement of Commissioner James H. Quello In the Matter of Enforcement of Prohibitions Against Broadcast Indecency in 18 U.S.C. Section 1464.

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July 19th, 2017


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Congratulations to R.V. Rikard from your Quello Center Colleagues

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The Quello Center congratulates Dr. R.V. Rikard on his promotion to a Senior Research Associate in MSU’s Department of Media and Information. Over the last two years, Dr Rikard has become a highly valued – go to – colleague for our Center. He has helped on grant proposals in the areas of big data, complex data management, and more. In announcing this promotion, Professor Johannes Bauer, Chair of the Department, praised R.V.’s excellence in methods and statistics, which he brings to his work on Trifecta (Technology and Innovation for Health), with Professor Shelia Cotten, but also shares to the entire department.

Research Team Members R.V. Rikard, Bibi Reisdorf, Mitch Shapiro, Aleks Yankelevich

Research Team Members R.V. Rikard, Bibi Reisdorf, Mitch Shapiro, Aleks Yankelevich

Intellectually curious, R.V. is a regular participant in Quello Center lectures, seminars, and events, bringing his sense of humor and sharp wit into the academic climate of the College of Communication Arts & Sciences. He is a strong contributor to our academic community. He even follows us on Twitter @QuelloCenter and Facebook.

So keep retweeting, R.V., and congratulations. Seriously well done. All of us at the Quello Center look forward to continuing our collaboration. You can count on us to keep darkening your door.

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Bob LaRose Leaving Lecture on Media Habits

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Bob LaRose is giving a leaving lecture entitled ‘The Challenge of Media Habits’ on April 4th at 1:30PM in CAS Rm 145 at MSU. Bob is a distinguished professor at MSU, and possibly most widely known for his multi-edition text with Joseph Straubhaar and Lucinda Davenport, entitled ‘Media Now‘ – which is now in its 9th edition. He has been one of the early pioneers in research on new media, being one of the first graduates of the Annenberg School of Communication at USC, when the late Fred Williams, the founding Dean, launched the School with a new media focus. Traditions in the study of the media infuse his work on new media, leading him to address topics around effects, and habits, that are less prominent among the born new media researchers. That said, you can increasingly recognize developing habits around the use of such new media as social media and Twitter, so the old and new media research traditions are beginning to connect.

It seems clear that Bob LaRose has had a major influence on the Department of Media and Information at MSU, which seeks to bring together the study of media and information technologies and society. He will be missed in the Department and at the Quello Center, where he led some roundtables on such issues as social media effects, and also donated a couple of his paintings, which remain on the walls of the Center. Screen Shot 2016-04-01 at 10.34.19

Bob LaRose's Gift to Quello

Bob LaRose’s Gift to Quello

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Featured Publication: Governance of Social Media

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Quello Professor Steve Wildman and Dr Jonathan Obar, a Quello Research Associate, organized a workshop on the governance of social media that has yielded an excellent special issue of Telecommunications Policy (Volume 39, Issue 9, October 2015). It features articles by the editors, as well as Philip Napoli, Laura DeNardis, Milton Mueller, and Katherine Montegomery, among others. It is a brilliant signpost of how the Quello Center is moving fully into the digital age of policy and regulation issues. You may find the special issue at: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/03085961/39/9
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Three New Positions in Media and Information at MSU

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The Department of Media and Information at MSU is recruiting for three tenure-track positions. They are in the areas of:
– media/information theory/research http://bit.ly/cas-theory
– Internet economics http://bit.ly/cas-ie
– health and data science http://bit.ly/cas-data
Moreover, these are three of 15 academic positions opened across the College of Communication Arts & Sciences. See: http://cas.msu.edu/places/cas-deans-office/jobs/

Please let colleagues know of these positions, and please consider any of these positions for your own career future.

Regards,

Bill Dutton

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Informing Voters in the Digital Age

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Using the Media, Internet and Debates to Inform Voters: A Series of Blogs

Bill Dutton of the Quello Center, and Tracy Westen, founder of The Democracy Network and founder and CEO of The Center for Governmental Studies, have posted a series of blogs that take a critical look at the way in which the GOP primary debates have been handled by Fox News and Facebook. Reflecting on the challenges of televised and Internet orchestrated debates, they come up with suggestions combining the media to improve the ways in which voters can obtain information about the issue positions, personalities, and endorsements of candidates.

In the run up to the GOP primary debate broadcast by Fox News and Facebook, Bill Dutton posted a critical blog, entitled ‘Stop the Televised Debates and Shift to the Internet’. See: http://billdutton.me/2015/07/23/stop-the-televised-debates-and-shift-to-the-internet/

In response to Bill’s blog, Tracy Westen provided an alternative vision of a more voter-centric debate scheme. His blog is entitled ‘Envision Voters Staging Their Own Candidate Debates: a Comment from Tracy Westen on the Televised Debates for the Republican Party’. http://billdutton.me/2015/07/25/envision-voters-staging-their-own-candidate-debates-a-comment-from-tracy-westen-on-the-televised-debates-for-the-republican-party/

After critiquing the first Fox News-Facebook debate, Tracy and Bill focused on the reasons why debates have failed to use the Internet more effectively. Their post, ‘A Dirty Dozen: 12 Reasons Candidates and Networks Fail to Move Presidential Debates Online’, addresses key problems, and argues that some of these reasons will make progress quite difficult unless a new scheme can be developed. See: http://billdutton.me/2015/07/31/a-dirty-dozen-12-reasons-candidates-and-networks-fail-to-move-presidential-debates-online-by-tracy-westen-and-bill-dutton/

Tracy Westen’s post followed with ‘More Challenges to Informing Voters Online: Lessons Learned’ http://billdutton.me/2015/08/01/more-challenges-to-informing-voters-online-lessons-learned-by-tracy-westen/

These were followed by a blog entitled ‘Grading the Fox News-Facebook GOP Presidential Debate Spectacle’, which provided criteria for grading the debates, which lead Bill and Tracy to give a D+ to the Fox News-Facebook debate. http://billdutton.me/2015/08/09/grading-the-fox-news-facebook-gop-debate-spectacle-by-bill-dutton-and-tracy-westen/

The final post looked a ways to move ahead and improve on the way in which the media can used the Internet and social media to provide a better platform for informing voters. Entitled ‘A New Approach to Presidential Debates’, Tracy and Bill outlined the steps involved in creating a wider range of information about all the candidates and key issues in elections. See: http://billdutton.me/2015/08/12/multimedia-convergence-a-new-approach-to-presidential-debates-by-tracy-westen-and-bill-dutton/

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Professor in Media and Information Theory and/or Methods at MSU’s Department of Media and Information

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Professor in Media and Information Theory/Methods
Department of Media and Information, Michigan State University
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The Department of Media and Information (M&I) at Michigan State University (MSU) invites applications for a faculty position at the rank of Associate or Full Professor in the area of Media and Information Theory and/or Methods. Candidates should have an internationally outstanding record as a scholar and teacher in theory and/or empirical methods in one or more major areas of media and information research.

More detailed information can be found at http://cas.msu.edu/job/posting-1678/. To apply, please visit the Michigan State University Employment Opportunities website (https://jobs.msu.edu), refer to Posting #1678, and complete an electronic submission. Please direct any questions to Professor William Dutton, Search Committee Chair, at wdutton@msu.edu. Expected start date is August 16, 2016.

MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.

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Society Meets Social Media: Canaries at the Coal Face of the Internet

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Bill Dutton gave a keynote presentation for Social Media & Society 2015, an international conference held 27-29 July 2015 at the Rogers School of Management at Reyerson University, Toronto, Canada. An abstract, and links to the powerpoint and video of the talk are posted here.

Abstract

Legal and regulatory initiatives shaped by moral panics over social media are a microcosm of many general threats to the vitality of a free, open and global Internet. The belief is widespread that social media and related Internet developments are unstoppable and beyond the control of governments and regulators across the world. However, initiatives afoot to address increasingly vocal public support for ‘doing something’ about concerns ranging from cyber-bullying to privacy, are pushing politicians and regulators to bring traditional approaches to media regulation to bear on social media and the Internet. These initiatives are unlikely to accomplish their intended aims but could well undermine the vitality of social media and the larger ecology of the Internet. Several types of response are critical. First, academics and practionners need to come forward with a regulatory model that is purpose built for social media and related applications of the Internet. Secondly, educational efforts need to be prioritized to help children and others learn how to use social media in more ethical, safe and effective ways. Thirdly, social media need to be designed in ways that enable users to hold other users more socially accountable for their actions.

Slides for the Talk are on Slideshare at: http://www.slideshare.net/WHDutton/society-meets-social-media-at-reyerson2015

Video of the Talk: https://ryecast.ryerson.ca/12/watch/9167.aspx

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Quello Postdoctoral Fellowship in Media and Information Policy, Michigan State University

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We have opened a search for a Quello Postdoctoral Fellow in Media and Information Policy at Michigan State University. [MSU Job Posting #1180] This is in addition to the search for an Assistant Research Professor.

William Dutton, the Quello Professor of Media and Information Policy and Director of the Quello Center in the Department of Media and Information at Michigan State University (MSU), is seeking to hire a Postdoctoral Fellow for a 1 year position, with the potential for renewal. The position is available beginning as soon as July 1, 2015. The postdoc will work with Professor Dutton on existing Quello research projects and in developing proposals for further research. Projects focus on media, information and Internet policy, regulation and governance, such as the Center’s Network Neutrality Impact Study. The appointment would enable candidates to pursue their own research of relevance to the Center as well as supporting ongoing Quello Center researchwork, with the potential for raising support for continuation beyond the first year.

Applicants should explain the relevance of their background and interests to the mission and work of the Quello Center. Candidates must have defended their dissertation prior to beginning the postdoctoral fellowship. A PhD is normally required in one of the many fields that contribute to the development and study of information, media and communication policy, such as Political Science, Law (where a J.D. degree is expected), Policy, Economics, Sociology, Psychology, Communication, New Media, Internet Studies, Information Studies, or a related field. Candidates must have: strong methodological training and skills of relevance to policy research, such as in modeling or specific social research methods; experience writing grant proposals; good organizational and time management skills; and evidence of the ability to work well as part of a team. The quality of prior publications and grant writing experience will be key in evaluating all applications.

The Postdoctoral Fellow is a 12 month, full-time appointment, with salary up to $45,000 depending upon qualifications. Benefits are also provided. See http://grad.msu.edu/pdo/ and http://www.hr.msu.edu/benefits/ for more information on postdoctoral training and benefits at MSU.

Questions may be addressed to the Director of the Quello Center at Quello@msu.edu, but the following application materials must be submitted via the MSU online system for job posting #1180 at the MSU Job Postings Web site: 1) a cover letter describing why you are interested in this position, and what training, skills, research and methodological background you would bring to the work of the Quello Center and this position; 2) an up-to-date and complete curriculum vitae; 3) one or two samples of your best work; and 4) the names and contact information for three references. The review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is selected.

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The Quello Center seeks to stimulate and inform debate on media, communication and information policy for our digital age. It pursues research that questions taken for granted assumptions about the implications of technology, policy and regulation, and seeks to collaborate with other centers of excellence in research on the social and economic implications of our digital age and the policy and management issues raised by these developments.Information about the Quello Center: http://quello.msu.edu

The Center is based in the Department of Media and Information, which is home to a dynamic, interdisciplinary faculty internationally known for their research on the uses and implications of information and communication technology and policy.

MSU is an affirmative-action, equal opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.

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