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Evan Light

Assistant professor

Translation

   elight@glendon.yorku.ca

Evan Light is an assistant professor of communication and organizations at the School of Translation. He holds a Ph.D. in communication from the Université du Québec à Montréal. Evan does research in the areas of surveillance and privacy, communication and telecommunications policy, participatory democracy, community and independent media, social movements, the radio spectrum and investor activism.

communication policy, social movements, surveillance, privacy, South America, Canada

Postdoc, Mobile Media Lab, Concordia University

Ph.D en communications., Université du Québec à Montréal

Maîtrise en communication, Université du Québec à Montréal

B.A., English, McGill University


Surveillance and privacy, communication and telecommunications policy, participatory democracy, community and independent media, social movements, the radio spectrum and investor activism.

Books

Bizimana, Aimé-Jules. (In press). The Embedding Apparatus: Media Surveillance During the Iraq War. Trans. Evan Light. New York: Peter Lang.


Journal Articles

(Accepted). "The Snowden Archive-in-a-Box: a year of traveling experiments in outreach and education". Big Data and Society. Special Issue on Veillance and Transparency:  A Critical Examination of Mutual Watching in the Post-Snowden, Big Data Era. Vian Bakir, Martina Feilzer, Andrew McStay (eds).

(2016) with Christina Haralanova (in press). “Enmeshed Lives: A Case Study of the Réseau Libre Mesh Network”. Journal of Peer Production. Alternative Internets. Félix Tréguer, Panayotis Antoniadis and Johan Söderberg (eds). Issue 9.

(2015) with Oumar Kane (in press), “Recent issues in radio: Regulation, resources and accessibility in Tanzania and Uruguay”, Journal of African Media Studies.

(2014). “Un comienzo titubeante: la historia y el futuro de la regulacion del espectro radioeléctrico en Uruguay”, Contraversias y Concurrencias Latinoamericanas, 2 (9), p. 147-182.

(2013). “Sputtering to a start: the history and future of radio spectrum regulation in Uruguay”, Journal of Latin American Communication Research. Special Issue on Latin American Critical Thought (In association with ALAS), 3 (2), p. 52-82.

(2013). “El espectro radioélectrico como media de vida.” Commons: Revista de Comunicación y Ciudadanía Digital, 2 (1), p. 1-26.

(2012). “Police brutality as a driver for social change”. No More Potlucks. May/June.

(2011). “From Pirates to Partners: The Legalization of Community Radio in Uruguay”. Canadian Journal of Communication. Vol. 36, No.1.

(2008). Book review. Communication Technology by Darin Barney. UBC Press, 2005. Canadian Journal of Communication. Vol. 33, No. 1.


Book Chapters

(Projected 2017). “Hidden in plain sight: obstacles to media reform in Uruguay”. in Pink Tide: Media Access and Political Power in Latin America, (Ed.) Burton Lee Artz. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

(Projected 2018). Light, Evan and Jonathan A. Obar. "Surveillance reform: Strategies and Proposals". in Research Handbook of Human Rights and Digital Technology, Ben Wagner, Matthias C. Kettemann and Killian Vieth (eds). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.

(2012). “Community broadcasting in Québec” in Alternative Media in Canada, (Eds.) David Skinner. Kirsten Kozolenka and Pat Mazepa. Vancouver: UBC Press.

(2012). “From Pirates to Partners: The Legalization of Community Radio in Uruguay.” in (Ed.) Janey Gordon, Community Radio in the 21st Century, New York: Peter Lang.


Other Publications

Translations (peer-reviewed)

Bizimana, Aimé-Jules. (In press). The Embedding Apparatus: Media Surveillance During the Iraq War. New York: Peter Lang.

Kane, Oumar. (Under review). “Communication as an interdiscipline? A critical overview.”, Communication Theory.

Kane, Oumar and Aimé-Jules Bizimana, (2016), “Media-state relations in Burundi: Overview of a post-traumatic media ecology”, Communicatio: South African Journal for Communication Theory and Research. 42 (2), pp. 155-169.

(2015). Agbobli, Christian and Magda Fusaro. “Information and communication technologies, mobile telephony, and politics in Africa: the end of the 'communication for development' paradigm?” Global Media Journal - African Edition, Vol 9 (1), pp.80-104, Online: http://globalmedia.journals.ac.za/pub/article/view/193/158

(2014). Granjon, Fabien. “Problemitizing the social uses of information and communication technology: a critical French perspective”. Canadian Journal of Communication. Special Issue: The Francophone School of Communication and Information.

(2014). Bouquillion, Philippe. “Francophone perspectives on the socioeconomics of culture, the collaborative web and the creative economy”. Canadian Journal of Communication. Special Issue: The Francophone School of Communication and Information.

(2014). Ménard, Marc. “Is it a French thing? The notion of the industrial distribution network in the domain of culture, news, and communication”. Canadian Journal of Communication. Special Issue: The Francophone School of Communication and Information.

(2014). Kane, Oumar. “Bridging communication research and expertise: dominant trends in West Africa”. Canadian Journal of Communication. Special Issue: The Francophone School of Communication and Information.

(2014). Tremblay, Gaëtan. “A researcher’s journey”. Canadian Journal of Communication. Special Issue: The Francophone School of Communication and Information.

(2014). George, Éric. “The theory of cultural industries: an “environment” for the creation of dynamic knowledge”. Canadian Journal of Communication. Special Issue: The Francophone School of Communication and Information.

(2014). Aubin, France. “On the notion of public space”. Canadian Journal of Communication. Special Issue: The Francophone School of Communication and Information.

(2014). Landry, Normand. “Strategic lawsuits against public participation and freedom of the press in Canada”. In (Eds.) Lisa Taylor and Cara O’Hagan, Press Freedom in Canada: A Status Report on the 30th Anniversary of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

(2012). George, Éric. “The University System: Alienation or Emancipation?”. Topia: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies, Vol. 28.

(2010). George, Éric. “Re-reading the Notion of “Convergence” in Light of Recent Changes to the Culture and Communication Industries in Canada ”. Canadian Journal of Communication, 35 (4), p. 555-564.

(2009). Agbobli, Christian. “Internet and development in Senegal: towards new forms of use”. African Media Journal, 16 (2), p. 11-28.


Other contributions

(2016). Guest editor of “living issue” on the radio spectrum. Wi: The Journal of Mobile Media.

(2011). “Open spectrum for development. Policy brief.” Association for Progressive Communication.


(2016). Tacit Futures. Care Culture, Drone War and Mass Mobility Workshop. Berlin. 26-30 October.

(2016). Archives Unleashed Web Archive Hackathon. University of Toronto. 3-5 March.

(2015). “Telecoms are not our enemies and other post-capital fairytales: new strategies for activism and analysis.” Capitalism, Culture and Media. University of Leeds, UK. 7-8 September.

(2015). “Ethical Telecom Futures and activist investment: new strategies for activism and analysis.” IAMCR. Université du Québec à Montréal. 12-16 July.

(2015). “Exerting privacy through ethical standards and shareholder activism: new strategies for resistance.” Data Power. University of Sheffield, UK. 22-23 June.

(2015). “Telecoms are not our enemies and other post-capital fairytales: new strategies for activism and analysis.” Surveillance and Citizenship: State-Media-Citizen Relations After the Snowden Leaks, University of Cardiff, Wales. 18-19 June.

(2015). “Telecoms are not our enemies and other post-capital fairytales: imagining and enacting next-generation analysis and activism”. Canadian Communication Association Conference. University of Ottawa. 3-5 June.

(2015). “Appropriate Telecom: Hacking Big Telecom From Within.” Union for Democratic Communication. University of Toronto. 2 May.

(2015). ”Creating, sharing and sustaining new knowledge between communities of practice - towards a communication policy think tank.” Activism & Communication Scholarship in Canada. University of Toronto. 30 April.

(2014). “Thinking From Scratch: a proposal for wireless autonomy”. The Politics of Surveillance Workshop: Advancing Democracy in a Surveillance Society. University of Ottawa. 8-10 May.

(2014). “El espectro radioeléctrico como medio de vida”. Congreso Universal sobre Derechos Humanos Emergentes y Medios de Comunicación, Sevilla, Spain.

(2013). “The Spectrum as Life-Media”. Communication and Global Power Shifts, Simon Fraser University 40th Anniversary Conference, Vancouver, Canada.

(2013). “Independence and Autonomy : the Dilemma of Free Speech in the Age of Mobility”. Differential Mobilities, Concordia University, Montréal, Canada.

(2012). “Towards a new political economy of communication: re-orienting value”. Canadian Communication Association Conference., Waterloo, Canada.

(2012). “El espectro radioélectrico como medio de vida”. XI Congreso Latinoameicano de Investigadores de la Comunicación, Montevideo, Uruguay.

(2011). “The Spectrum as Life-media”. Canadian Communication Association Conference, Fredericton, Canada.

(2011). “Divining democracy in the aether: analyzing access to regulation of Canada’s radio spectrum”. Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship Conference, Quebec, Canada.

(2010). “Breaking the limits of our creative thinking : the spectrum as a wedge/notes from Uruguay”. Union for Democratic Communication Conference, College Park, United States.

(2010). “The Opportunity of Convergence: Using the Spectrum to Rethink the Limits of Civil Society and the Internet in the Case of Uruguay”. Third International Workshop on Global Internet Governance: An Interdisciplinary Research Field in Construction, Montréal, Canada.


2016-2018 Publicizing the Canadian Internet. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). Insight Development Grant, Fenwick McKelvey (co-investigator), Concordia University; in collaboration with Reza Rajabiun (Ryerson University). $75,000

2016-2018 Exploring the potential of the digital maker movement for authentic learning. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). Insight Development Grant, Ann-Louise Davidson (principal investigator) Concordia University; in collaboration with Saul Carliner (Concordia University), Roland Vanoostveen (University of Ontario Institute of Technology), Margarida Romero (Université Laval), Kenneth Fogel (Dawson College). $62,289


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