Discriminatory Designs on User Data: Essay by Olivier Sylvain Featured by The Knight First Amendment Institute
This month, the essay Discriminatory Designs on User Data by McGannon Center Director Olivier Sylvain was featured in the Emerging Threats by the Knight First Amendment Institute. The Emerging Threats series invites leading thinkers to identify and grapple with newly arising or intensifying structural threats to the system of free expression. "The stated aim of online intermediaries like Facebook, Twitter, and Airbnb is to provide the...
Recap: Participatory and Inclusive Design Processes
On April 6, Professor Ralph Vacca explored how design can be improved by including those the design seeks to serve. As an example, Vacca discussed his work with Latina high school students in Washington Heights. By "facilitating without facilitating," Vacca was able to guide the students through designing solutions for their problems. In this instance, the girls discussed how even...
New York Times: Facebook Vowed to End Discriminatory Housing Ads. Suit Says It Didn’t.
On March 27, 2018, New York Times reporter Charles V. Bagli wrote an interesting piece titled, "Facebook Vowed to End Discriminatory Housing Ads. Suit Says It Didn't." Bagli writes, "Fair housing groups filed a lawsuit in federal court on Tuesday saying that Facebook continues to discriminate against certain groups, including women, disabled veterans and single mothers, in the way that...
Recap: How Big is Too Big?
Fordham Law Professor Zephyr Teachout discussed how companies like Facebook, Amazon, Apple, and Microsoft have grown to control many aspects of our public life, with concerning economic effects. Teachout's talk particularly focused on Amazon and Facebook, as their rapid growth over the past two decades has lead to near total control of things like market pricing and digital advertising. While...
Recap: The Bronx Italian American History Initiative
On February 16, Jacqueline Reich, professor and chair of the Communication and Media Studies department, and Kathleen Lapenta, co-director of the Bronx Italian American History Initiative, discussed the oral history project and some of their preliminary findings. Founded in 2016, the Bronx Italian American History Initiative (BIAHI) is a collaborative oral history research project that studies the history of Italians...
Recap: The Innovation Agenda
On February 9, 2018, Prof. Baldwin-Philippi discussed the various ways cities and for-profit companies use technology to improve civic life and engage citizens. However, while technology provides a lot of opportunities that technology provides, there are also a lot of limitations. Many of these technologies are still in their infancy or are just now being retrofitted for civic purposes. Cities...
Recap: Regulation of Online Reputation
[embed]https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLK22RWGWBNhzZTLlXfuw2cPFjH4u3T-7Q[/embed] On February 2, 2018, the Center's Lunchtime Colloquium Series continued with a discussion of free speech and internet regulations with Prof. Arthur Hayes. Olivier Sylvain, director of the McGannon Center, kicked the event off by discussing a recent article by Dr. Hayes where the online parody of a scholar has resulted in legal consequences for the prankster. The two...
Recap: Media Narratives and Food Policy
[embed]https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLK22RWGWBNhzwaaGs5DoxN8OrIMxSGQvp[/embed] On January 26, 2018, Prof. Garrett Broad kicked off the McGannon Center’s Lunchtime Colloquium Series for the spring semester. Broad discussed his work in communications for food justice and his book, More Than Just Food: Food Justice and Community Change, which examines community-based approaches to food justice in the age of the nonprofit industrial complex. While the discussion centered...
McGannon Center affiliates featured on Fordham News
Fordham News rang in the new year with insights from Fordham University faculty, including McGannon Center affiliates Garrett Broad and our director, Olivier Sylvain. Below are their excerpts from the story. To read the full article, please visit https://news.fordham.edu/editors-picks/things-watch-2018/. Garrett Broad, Ph.D., assistant professor of communication and media studies and author, More Than Just Food (University of California Press, 2016) Plant-Based Meat....
Save the Date: A Conversation with Dan Rather
The Francis and Ann Curran Center for American Catholic Studies at Fordham University is sponsoring the event, "What Unites Us? A Conversation with Dan Rather about Values, Citizenship, and Religion in America." What Unites Us  is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at Fordham's Lincoln Center Campus, 12th Floor Lounge. Admission includes a copy of Rather's new bestseller, What Unites Us:...