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Communication Studies

Liberal values and social imaginaries: the hunt for common ground between advocates of child protection & freedom of expression

Presented by Dr. Victoria Nash, Policy & Research Fellow, Oxford Internet Institute
Nov 20/12

Date: Nov 20/12
Time: 17:30 - 18:30
Location: Dr. Alvin Woods Building 1-101A
Cost: Free

Please join us for a talk presented in the Department of Communication Studies, sponsored by GRAND
Advocates of online child protection and freedom of expression share a deeply held conviction in the importance of protecting basic human rights, yet in practice any shared convictions are occluded by sharp disagreement regarding the design and enactment of specific policies and regulation. Reflecting on recorded dialogue from two Oxford policy forums which brought together advocates from both camps, this presentation analyses the political values inherent in the normative positions expressed. Seen through the lens of liberal political theory, the different perspectives adopted can be seen to be grounded in a common acceptance of individual autonomy, but reflect fundamental differences of opinion regarding the legitimate boundaries of state intervention, and the relative responsibilities of state and non-state actors. By articulating the theoretical and normative arguments underlying the various positions we are better able to understand how activist imaginaries are constructed, legitimated and reproduced through complex policy debates.

Victoria Nash (Ph.D. Nuffield College, Oxford University)  was a Research Fellow at the Institute of Public Policy Research prior to joining the OII in 2002. As Research and Policy Fellow at the OII, her work seeks to connect OII research with policy and practice, identifying and communicating the broader implications of OII's research into Internet and technology use. Recent projects have included efforts to map the legal and regulatory trends shaping freedom of expression online for UNESCO, and building links between child protection and free speech communities. She is currently developing a programme of research around online risk and harm.

As Director of Graduate Studies, Vicki is also responsible for overseeing all of the OII's teaching and degree programmes; she is also Course Director of the OII Summer Doctoral Programme. She also serves as a Lecturer in Politics at Trinity College, University of Oxford.

Contact: Dr. Jeremy Hunsinger
Phone: (519) 884-1970 x 4988

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