68th ICA Conference in Prague—Voices

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Between 24-28 May, thousands of communication scholars from all over the world gathered for the 68th International Communication Association Conference in Prague, Czech Republic. The College of Communication Arts & Sciences had a particularly strong presence at the conference with more than 80 faculty and students presenting their research. The Quello Center’s Assistant Director Bibi Reisdorf and Research Fellow Laleah Fernandez were among those presentations with some of the results from the Quello Search Project.

Dr. Fernandez presenting about The Vulnerables at ICA 2018

As part of the large program, the team working on the Quello Search Project, Grant Blank (Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford), Elizabeth Dubois (Department of Communication, University of Ottawa), Bill Dutton, Laleah Fernandez, and Bibi Reisdorf, put together a panel on “Personalization, Politics, and Policy: Cross-National Perspectives”. Despite the early morning start (8am) on the day following all the big ICA receptions, a good crowd turned up to hear about our results pertaining to how people make use of a diverse range of media to find information on political matters. The papers presented in this panel ranged from a focus on personalization of search, to a critical discussion of algorithmic literacy, from exploring “the vulnerable” (i.e. those who have low search skills and little interest in politics) to discussing the policy implications of citizens’ complex media habits. The panel presentations were followed by a critical discussion of the presented results by Cornelius Puschmann, Hans Bredow Institute for Media Research.

Immediately after this early morning panel, Bibi Reisdorf also took part in a panel on “Filter Bubbles: From Academic Debate to Robust Empirical Analysis”, which she co-organized together with Anja Bechmann, Aarhus University, and Oscar Westlund, University of Gothenburg & Volda University College. This panel paid specific attention to empirical evidence of the extent (or lack thereof) of filter bubbles around the globe. Despite different foci and datasets, all four panelists, Anja Bechmann, Aarhus University, Axel Bruns, Queensland University of Technology, Neil Thurman, LM University Munich, and Quello’s Bibi Reisdorf, presented findings that supported results from our Quello Search Project, which showed that although filter bubbles and echo chambers do exist, the magnitude is largely overstated and the resulting panics are unnecessary and unhelpful. The results were discussed and responded to by MSU’s very own newest ICA Fellow, Prof. Esther Thorson, who pointed out that this type of research needs to be more closely investigated and critically evaluated in light of existing communication theories, such as Uses and Gratifications or Confirmation Bias, to name just a few.

Dr. Reisdorf presenting about Algorithmic Literacy at ICA 2018

Overall, the conference was a great success for the Quello team, who also participated in a pre-conference workshop on survey design and survey questions on internet use organized by Prof. Eszter Hargittai, University of Zurich. In addition, we took a few hours each to enjoy beautiful Prague and the amazing culinary treats, including, of course, the fantastic beer and wine that can be found in this beautiful region of Europe.

Now, back in East Lansing, the team is busy finishing up a few book chapters and journal articles that revolve around the issues that were discussed at the ICA conference. Our next big conference will be TPRC in Washington, DC in September, where Laleah Fernandez will present some of our exciting results from the Detroit Study.

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“Comments by FCC Commissioner James H. Quello at the Intelevent 90 “”Telecommunications in the 90’s: Economic and Technical Challenges and Opportunities.”” Session IV: “”Anticipation or Reaction: The Regulatory Role”””

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July 19th, 2017


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“Separate Statement of Commissioner James H. Quello Dissenting in Part Re: Trunking in the Private Land Mobile Radio Services for more effective and efficient use of the spectrum (PR Docket No. 87-213).”

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July 18th, 2017


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Press Statement of Commissioner James H. Quello Re: Tentative Decision and Further Notice of Inquiry in the Matter of Advanced Television Systems and Their Impact on the Existing Television Broadcast Service; Review of Technical and Operational Requirements: Part 73-E, Television Broadcast Stations; Reevaluation of the UHF Television Channel and Distance Separation Requirements of Part 73 of the Commission’s Rules (MM Docket No. 87-268).

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July 17th, 2017


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Separate Statement of Commissioner James H. Quello Dissenting in Part Re: Trunking in the Private Land Mobile Radio Services for more effective and efficient use of the spectrum (PR Docket No. 87-213).

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July 13th, 2017


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Press Statement of Commissioner James H. Quello Re: Tentative Decision and Further Notice of Inquiry in the Matter of Advanced Television Systems and Their Impact on the Existing Television Broadcast Service; Review of Technical and Operational Requirements: Part 73-E, Television Broadcast Stations; Reevaluation of the UHF Television Channel and Distance Separation Requirements of Part 73 of the Commission’s Rules (MM Docket No. 87-268).

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July 13th, 2017


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Takeover of Broadcast Licensees ABA Forum Committee on Communication Law and FCC Federal Communications Bar Association Joint Program Luncheon Remarks at the Hyatt Regency

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July 11th, 2017


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Dissenting Statement of FCC Commissioner James H. Quello In re: Petition for Declaratory Ruling filed by Cox Cable Communications. Inc. File No. CCB-DFD-83-1. seeking Commission preemption of state and local regulation of facilities located wholly within one state and used to originate or terminate interstate communications

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July 11th, 2017


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Remarks by FCC Commissioner James H. Quello at Joint Meeting of the Detroit Adcraft Club and the Detroit Better BusIness Bureau at the Michigan Inn

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July 11th, 2017


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Concurring Statement of FCC Commissioner James H. Quello In re: Report and Order to authorize narrowband technologies for base and mobile communications in the Private Land Mobile Radio Services in the 150 MHz band.

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July 11th, 2017


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