Nominations for the 2014 Donald McGannon Award for Social and Ethical Relevance in Communication Technology Research are now open!
We are making some changes this year.
We have broadened the scope of the award to book-length research published in 2014 that addresses the social justice and/or ethical dimensions of communication technology, broadly defined. This will still allow for the award to be given to outstanding books covering media and communication policy, but it opens up the award to the many deserving works that deal with the ethics of communication technology that may not be entirely policy-focused.
We have a new awards committee. This year, the 2014 Awards Committee consists of Dr. Alice Marwick (the McGannon Director); Prof. Aram Sinnreich of Rutgers University, author of the upcoming Piracy Crusade: How the Music Industry’s War on Sharing Destroys Markets and Erodes Civil Liberties; Prof. Megan Finn of the University of Washington School of Information, who works on information infrastructure and crisis informatics; and Dr. Katie Shilton of the University of Maryland, whose research looks at ethics and policy in information systems. I am extremely excited to have Drs. Sinnreich, Finn, and Shilton on board at McGannon and think they will do an outstanding job.
We have a new awards ceremony. We are joining forces with Fordham’s Communication and Media Studies Sperber Prize committee, who give a book award every year for an outstanding journalism biography. The winners of the Sperber Award and the McGannon Award will be jointly honored at a ceremony in New York City in the fall of 2015, where the winner will be awarded their prize money and a plaque.
For more information, please see the Book Award page. Nominations are due April 1st, 2015.