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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
October 18, 2017
Canadian Excellence

Dr. Kenneth Werbin

Associate Dean, Faculty of Liberal Arts; Associate Professor, Digital Media and Journalism, Social Justice and Community Engagement, Social and Environmental Justice

Contact Information
Phone: 519.756.8228 ext.5732

Office Location: RCE216
Office Hours: By appointment
Languages Spoken


Academic Background
PhD, Communication Studies, Concordia University
MA, Educational Technology, Concordia University
BA, English: Film & Communication, McGill University

Research Interests:

Digital Media and Culture; Social Media, Commodification and Surveillance; Privacy; Political Economy of Communication; Digital media and Journalism; Biopolitical Theory

Research Grants:

SSHRC Insight Development Grant, Principal Investigator, "Auto-biopolitics: Privacy, Surveillance and Self-Representational Forms of Digital Media" (2011-2013)

Selected Journal Articles and Book Chapters:

Werbin, Kenneth C. "Social Media, Commodification and Surveillance" in Shade, Leslie R. (ed) Mediascapes: New Patterns in Canadian Communication Fourth Edition. (Nelson, Published 2013; Copyright 2014) pp.258-278

Werbin, Kenneth C. "The Social Media Contract: On the paradoxes of digital property in this digital land" The Journal of Canadian Studies. 46(2): 245-262, 2012

Werbin, Kenneth C. "Auto-biography: On the immanent commodification of personal information" The International Review of Information Ethics. 17(July): 46-53, 2012

Werbin, Kenneth C. "Spookipedia: Intelligence, Social Media and Biopolitics" Media, Culture & Society. 33(8): 1254-1265, 2011

Werbin, Kenneth C. "Fear and No-Fly Listing in Canada: The biopolitics of the 'war on terror'" The Canadian Journal of Communication. 34(4): 613-634, 2009

Langlois, Ganaele, McKelvey, Fenwick, Elmer, Greg and Kenneth Werbin. "Mapping Commercial Web 2.0 Worlds: Towards a Critical Ontogenesis" Fibreculture. 14, 2009

Werbin, Kenneth C. "Sometimes a Great Notion: A reflection on cybernetics, isolated systems and open beings" in Bansal, L., Keller, P. & G. Lovink (eds) In the Shade of the Commons: Towards a Culture of Open Networks. (Waag/Sarai Press, 2007) pp. 133-140

Lovink, Geert and Kenneth C. Werbin. "Critique of Ranking and Listing" in Armand, L. and A. Bradley (eds) TECHNICITY. (Litteraria Pragensia, 2007) pp. 225-243