Fenwick McKelvey, PhD

Associate Professor, Communication Studies


Fenwick McKelvey, PhD
Office: L-CJ 4415 
Communication Studies and Journalism Building,
7141 Sherbrooke W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 8673
Email: fenwick.mckelvey@concordia.ca
Website(s): Fenwick McKelvey website
Machine Agencies
Applied AI Institute

Education

Postdoc, Communication Studies, University of Washington

PhD, Communication and Culture, Ryerson University and York University

MA, Communication and Culture, Ryerson University and York University

BA, Multidisciplinary Studies (Political Science, International Development Studies and Spanish), Dalhousie University

Research interests

Fenwick McKelvey is an Associate Professor in Information and Communication Technology Policy in the Department of Communication Studies at Concordia University. He is co-director of the Applied AI Institute and leads Machine Agencies at the Milieux Institute. He studies digital politics and policy. He is the author of Internet Daemons: Digital Communications Possessed (University of Minnesota Press, 2018) winner of the 2019 Gertrude J. Robinson Book Award. He is co-author of The Permanent Campaign: New Media, New Politics (Peter Lang, 2012) with Greg Elmer and Ganaele Langlois. 


Fenwick McKelvey is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Concordia University. He studies digital politics and policy, appearing frequently as an expert commentator in the media and intervening in media regulatory hearings. He is the author of Internet Daemons (University of Minnesota Press, 2018), winner of the 2019 Gertrude J. Robinson Book Award. He is a member of the Educational Review Committee of the Walrus Magazine.

Research topics

Artificial intelligence, Internet policy and governance,social media policy and politics, platform studies, digital media activism, digital political communication, internet history, algorithms, elections, data-driven campaigning, posthumanism, cybernetics, computer history

Biographie

Fenwick McKelvey est professeur agrégé au département de communication de l’Université Concordia. Ses travaux portent sur les aspects politiques des médias numériques, y compris leurs traductions et cadrages réglementaires. Il intervient fréquemment en tant qu’expert dans les médias et dans les audiences réglementaires sur les médias. Il est l'auteur d’Internet Daemons (University of Minnesota Press, 2018), lauréat du Gertrude J. Robinson Book Award 2019. Il est membre du comité d'examen de l'éducation du magazine Walrus.


Teaching activities

2020

COMS352: Media Policy in Canada, Bachelor of Arts program of the Department of Communication Studies, Concordia University (Nostudent evaluations due to COVID-19)

2019

COMS225: Media Institutions and Policies, Bachelor of Arts program of the Department of Communication Studies, Concordia University (Overall Student Evaluation: 1.43 out of 5 with 1 meaning Excellent)

COMS460:Political Communication,Bachelor of Arts program of the Department of Communication Studies,Concordia University (Overall Student Evaluation: 2.33outof 5 with 1 meaning Excellent)

2018

COMS352: Media Policy in Canada, Bachelor of Arts program of the Department of Communication Studies, Concordia University (Overall Student Evaluation: 1.78 out of 5 with 1 meaning Excellent)

COMS644: Media Policy, Masters of Arts in Media Studies program of the Department of Communication Studies, Concordia University (Overall Student Evaluation: 2.00 out of 5 with 1 meaning Excellent)

2017

COMS225: Media Institutions and Policies, Bachelor of Arts program of theDepartment of Communication Studies, Concordia University

COMS352: Media Policy in Canada, Bachelor of Arts program of theDepartment of Communication Studies, Concordia University (OverallStudent Evaluation: 1.53 out of 5 with 1 meaning Excellent)

COMS460: Political Communication, Bachelor of Arts program of theDepartment of Communication Studies, Concordia University

COMS460: Political Communication, Bachelor of Arts program of theDepartment of Communication Studies, Concordia University (OverallStudent Evaluation: 1.85 out of 5 with 1 meaning Excellent)

2016

COMS225: Media Institutions and Policies, Bachelor of Arts program of theDepartment of Communication Studies, Concordia University (OverallStudent Evaluation: 1.88 out of 5 with 1 meaning Excellent)

COMS352: Media Policy in Canada, Bachelor of Arts program of theDepartment of Communication Studies, Concordia University (OverallStudent Evaluation: 2.41 out of 5 with 1 meaning Excellent)

COMS422: Perspectives on the Information Society, Bachelor of Artsprogram of the Department of Communication Studies, ConcordiaUniversity (Overall Student Evaluation: 1.92 out of 5 with 1 meaningExcellent)

COMS627: Political Economy of Communication, Masters of Arts in MediaStudies Program of the Department of Communication Studies, ConcordiaUniversity (Overall Student Evaluation: 1.33 out of 5 with 1 meaningExcellent)

2015

COMS 893 (Concordia) /FCM918G (UQAM) / COM7191 (U de M): Special Topic : Approaches tointellectual property and media piracy / Séminaire avancé encommunication : propriété intellectuelle et piratage des médias,Joint Doctorate in Communication program in the Department ofCommunication, Concordia University

COMS 225: MediaInstitutions and Policies, Bachelor of Arts program of the Departmentof Communication Studies, Concordia University (OverallStudent Evaluation: 1.95out of 5 with 1 meaning Excellent)

COMS 642E : SpecialTopics in Media Studies: ARRRGH! Approaches to Media Piracy andIntellectual Property, Masters of Arts in Media Studies Program ofthe Department of Communication Studies, Concordia University(Overall Student Evaluation: 1.33 out of 5 with 1 meaning Excellent)

COMS352: Media Policy in Canada, Bachelor of Arts program of theDepartment of Communication Studies, Concordia University (OverallStudent Evaluation: 1.75 out of 5 with 1 meaning Excellent)

2014

COMS 506: Approaches toMedia and Technology, Diploma of the Department of CommunicationStudies, Concordia University (Overall Student Evaluation: 1.71 outof 5 with 1 meaning Excellent)

COMS 352: Media Policy inCanada, Bachelor of Arts program of the Department of CommunicationStudies, Concordia University (Overall Student Evaluation: 1.95 outof 5 with 1 meaning Excellent)

2013

COMS 225: MediaInstitutions and Policies, Bachelor of Arts program of the Departmentof Communication Studies, Concordia University (Overall StudentEvaluation: 1.32 out of 5 with 1 meaning Excellent)

COMS 495: Special Topicsin Communications, Department of Communication, University ofWashington

COM 407: CommunicationTechnology and Politics, Department of Communication, University ofWashington


Research topics

Research Funding

2021-2022,Heritage Department, Government of Canada, “What to Watch Next,”$90,536,Primary Investigator,Co-applicants:Jonathan Roberge, Ganaele Langlois & Greg Elmer.

2020-2024,Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada InsightGrant,“Media Governance After AI,”$218,383,Primary Investigator. Co-PI:Jonathan Roberge.

2020-2023,Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Open Research Area, “Shaping 21st Century AI: Controversies and Closure in Media, Policy, and Research”. Canadian team co-lead with Jonathan Roberge, $368,777 (Canadian budget).

2020-2021,Heritage Department, Government of Canada, “Digital Disinformation and Citizenship Network,” $230,000,Primary Investigator,Co-applicants:Ganaele Langlois, Wendy Chun & Ahmed Al-Rawi.

2020-2027,FRQSC Program: Strategic Cluster (Network), “Hexagram”,$1,827,000, Collaborator.

2018-2019,Digital Ecosystem Research Challenge, “The GreatCanadian Encyclopedia of Political Memes”,$49,000,Primary Investigator.

2018-2019,Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Connections Grant, “Democracy in disruption? Engaging Canadians to face emerging threats to democracy,” $49,853, Primary Investigator.

2018, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Partnership Engage Grant, "Identifying effective policies to respond to online interference in elections,” $24,954,collaborator.

2016-2019, Fonds derecherche du Québec – Société et culture, Établissement denouveaux professeurs-chercheurs, “Le vote programmé, ou comment la politique est devenue affaire de calcul”, $37,638, PrimaryInvestigator .

2016-2018, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Insight Development Grant, “Publicizing the Canadian Internet”, $71,929,Primary Investigator (Dr. Light, Co-applicant, Dr. Rajabiun,collaborator)

2016-2018, Center for the Study of Democratic Citizenship Seed Grant, “One Person, One Vote? Blockchain Technologies and Experiments in Voting and Party Governance”, $6,831 Primary Investigator (Dr. Jeremy Clark,Co-applicant)

2014-2015,Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Digging into Data, “Project Arclight: Analytics for the Study of 20thCentury Media”, $204,066, Internal Co-Investigator (Dr. Charles Acland and Dr. Eric Hoyt, Primary Investigators).


Selected publications

Books

McKelvey, F. (2018) Internet Daemons: Digital Communications Possessed. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Co-authored books

Elmer, G., Langlois, G. & McKelvey, F. (2012). The Permanent Campaign: New Media, New Politics. New York: Peter Lang.

Journals and book chapters

First author in Refereed Journals
McKelvey, F. & Neves, J. (2021). Introduction: optimization and its discontents. Review of Communication. 21(1). pp. 95-112. https://doi.org/10.1080/15358593.2021.1936143
McKelvey, F., DeJong, S. & Frenzel, J. (2021). Memes, Scenes and #EXLN2019s: How Partisans Make Memes During Elections. New Media & Society. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F14614448211020690
McKelvey, F. (2020). Cranks, Clickbait and Cons: On the Acceptable Use of Political Engagement Platform. Internet Policy Review, 8(4). https://doi.org/10.14763/2019.4.1439
McKelvey, F., & Macdonald, M. (2019). Artificial Intelligence Policy Innovations at the Canadian Federal Government. Canadian Journal of Communication, 44(2), 43–50. https://doi.org/10.22230/cjc.2019v44n2a3509
McKelvey, F., & Hunt, R. (2019). Discoverability: Toward a Definition of Content Discovery Through Platforms. Social Media Society, 5(1). https://doi.org/10.1177/2056305118819188
McKelvey, F., & Piebiak, J. (2018). Porting the political campaign: The NationBuilder platform and the global flows of political technology. New Media & Society, 20(3), 901–918. https://doi.org/10.1177/1461444816675439
McKelvey, F. (2015). We Like Copies, Just Don’t Let the Others Fool You: The Paradox of The Pirate Bay. Television and New Media. 16(8). 734-750.
McKelvey, F., Tiessen, M. & Simcoe, L. (2015). A Consensual Hallucination No More?  The Internet as Simulation Machine. European Journal of Cultural Studies. 18(4-5). 577-594.
McKelvey, F. (2014). Algorithmic Media Need Algorithmic Methods: Why Publics Matter. Canadian Journal Of Communication, 39(4). 597-613.
McKelvey, F. (2011). A Programmable Platform? Drupal, Modularity and the Future of the Web. Fibreculture, (18).
McKelvey, F. (2010). Ends and Ways: The Algorithmic Politics of Network Neutrality. Global Media Journal — Canadian Edition, 3(1). 51-73.
McKelvey, F. & O’Donnell, S. (2010), Out from the Edges: Multi-site Videoconferencing as a Public Sphere in First Nations. Journal of Community Informatics. 5(2)

Peer-reviewed Book Chapters
McKelvey, F. (2021). The Other Cambridge Analytics: Early “Artificial Intelligence” in American Political Science. In J. Roberge & M. Castelle (Eds.), The cultural life of machine learning: An incursion into critical AI studies (pp. 117–142). Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-56286-1
McKelvey, F., & Piebiak, J. (2019). Does the Difference Compute? Data-Driven Campaigning in Canada. In M. Lalancette, V. Raynauld, & E. Crandall (Eds.), What’s trending in Canadian politics?: Understanding transformations in power, media, and the public sphere (pp. 194–215). Vancouver: UBC Press.
McKelvey, F. (2018). Hillary 2016. In J. W. Morris & S. Murray (Eds.), Appified: Mundane Software and the Rise of the Apps (pp. 246–256). Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.
McKelvey, F., Côté, M., & Raynauld, V. (2018). Scandals and Screenshots: Social Media Elites in Canadian Politics. In A. Marland, T. Giasson, & A. Lawlor (Eds.), Political Elites in Canada: Power and Influence in Instantaneous Times (pp. 204–222). Vancouver: UBC Press.
McKelvey, F. (2015). Openness Compromised? Questioning the Role of Openness in Digital Methods and Contemporary Critical Praxis. In G. Elmer, G. Langlois, & J. Redden (Eds.), Compromised Data: From Social Media to Big Data (pp. 126–146). New York, NY: Bloomsbury Academic.
McKelvey, F. (2011). Making Traffic Public: A Proposal for a Public Study of Internet Usage in Canada. In M. Moll & L. R. Shade (Eds.), The Internet Tree: The State of Telecom Policy in Canada 3.0 (pp. 143-152). Ottawa: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

Contributing Author in Books
Elmer, G., Langlois, G, & McKelvey, F. (2012). The Permanent Campaign: New Media, New Politics. New York: Peter Lang.
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Equal Co-author in Refereed Journals
Hunt, R. & McKelvey, F. (2019). Algorithmic Regulation in Media and Cultural Policy: A Framework to Evaluate Barriers to Accountability. Journal of Information Policy, 9, 307-335.
Dubois, E., & McKelvey, F. (2019). Political Bots: Disrupting Canada’s Democracy. Canadian Journal of Communication, 44(2), 27–33. https://doi.org/10.22230/cjc.2019v44n2a3511
McKelvey, F., & Driscoll, K. (2018). ARPANET and its boundary devices: modems, IMPs, and the inter-structuralism of infrastructures. Internet Histories, 3(1), 31–50. https://doi.org/10.1080/24701475.2018.1548138
Gehl, R., & McKelvey, F. (2019). Bugging out: darknets as parasites of large-scale media objects. Media, Culture & Society, 41(2), 219–235. https://doi.org/10.1177/0163443718818379
McKelvey, F. & Beyer, J. L. (2015). You are Not Welcome Among Us: Pirates and the State. International Journal of Communication. 9. 890-908.


Contributing Author in Refereed Journals
French, M., Guta, A., Gagnon, M., Mykhalovskiy, E., Roberts, S. L., Goh, S., McClelland, A., & McKelvey, F. (2020). Corporate contact tracing as a pandemic response. Critical Public Health. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09581596.2020.1829549
Rajabiun, R., & McKelvey, F. (2019). Complementary realities: Public domain Internet measurements in the development of Canada’s universal access policies. The Information Society, 35(2), 81–94. https://doi.org/10.1080/01972243.2019.1574533
Langlois, G., McKelvey, F., Elmer, G, & Werbin, K. (2009). Mapping Commercial Web 2.0 Worlds: Towards a New Critical Ontogenesis. Fibreculture 14.
Langlois, G, Elmer, G., McKelvey, F., & Devereaux, Z. (2009). Networked Publics: the Double Articulation of Code and Politics on Facebook. Canadian Journal of Communication 34(3). pp. 415-434.
Elmer, G., Langlois, G., Devereaux, Z., Ryan, P. M., McKelvey, F., Redden, J., & Curlew, B. (2009). “Blogs I Read”: Partisanship and Party Loyalty in the Canadian Political Blogosphere. Journal of Information Technology & Politics, 6(2).
Elmer, G., Ryan, P. M., Devereaux, Z., Langlois, G., Redden, J., & McKelvey, F. (2007). Election Bloggers: Methods for Determining Political Influence. First Monday, 12(4).
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Edited Themed Journal Issues
McKelvey, F. & Neves, J. (2021). Review of Communication.
 
Contributing Author in Book Chapters
Dubois, E., & McKelvey, F. (2018). Canada: Building Bot Typologies. In S. Woolley & P. N. Howard (Eds.), Computational propaganda: political parties, politicians, and political manipulation on social media (pp. 64–85). New York, NY, United States of America: Oxford University Press.
Acland, C., & McKelvey, F. (2016). Terminological Traffic in the Movie Business. In C. Acland, & E. Hoyt (Eds.) The Arclight Guidebook to Media History and the Digital Humanities. Falmer: REFRAME/Project Arclight. http://projectarclight.org/book.
Elmer, G., Langlois, G. & McKelvey, F. (2013). The Permanent Campaign: Online Political Communication. in K. Kozolanka (Ed.), Publicity and the Canadian State: Critical Communications Perspectives.(pp. 242-263). Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
Langlois, G., McKelvey, F. & Elmer, G. (2011). Networked Publics: Methodological Reflections on the Double Articulation of Code and Politics on Facebook, in Oliver Leistert & Theo Röhle (Eds.), Generation Facebook: Über das Leben im Social Net (pp. 253-278).  Bielefeld: transcript Verlag.

Book Reviews
McKelvey, F. (2021). Book Review: If Then: How the Simulmatics Corporation Invented the Future. The International Journal of Press/Politics, 1940161221989215. https://doi.org/10.1177/1940161221989215
McKelvey, F. (2019). Book Review: Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism. The International Journal of Press/Politics, 24(4), 551–553. https://doi.org/10.1177/1940161219865746
McKelvey, F. R. (2010). Book Review: Digital Media and Democracy: Tactics in Hard Times. Canadian Journal of Communication, 35(2). https://doi.org/10.22230/cjc.2010v35n2a2280

Other publications

Reports
McKelvey, F. & Hunt, R. (2019). Algorithmic accountability and digital content discovery, prepared for the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Canadian Commission for UNESCO
Tenove, C., Tworek, H. & McKelvey, F. (2018) Poisoning Democracy: How Canada Can Address Harmful Speech Online, Public Policy Forum.
McKelvey, F.  & DuBois, E. (2017). Computational Propaganda in Canada: The Use of Political Bots as part of Computational Propaganda Worldwide working papers, The Computational Propaganda Project.
McKelvey, F., & Curlew, B. (2011). Canadian Culture in an Open Internet Age. In S. Anderson & R. Yeo (Eds.), Casting and Open Net: A Leading-Edge Approach to Canada’s Digital Future (pp. 85-101). OpenMedia.ca.
From 2006 to 2008, I participated in three research projects. Each project published weekly reports for the public and media. The list below details the projects’ authors, dates and topics.
Elmer, G, Langlois, G., McKelvey, F., Prior, E., Ryan, P. M., Devereaux, Z., Curlew, B. & Werbin, K. (September to October, 2008). Code Politics: Federal Election 2008. http://www.infoscapelab.ca/federalelection2008
Elmer, G., Ryan, P. M., Devereaux, Z., Langlois, G., Curlew, B., & McKelvey, F. (September to October, 2007). Code Politics: Ontario Election 2007. http://www.infoscapelab.ca/ontarioelection2007.
Elmer, G., Ryan, P. M., Devereaux, Z., Langlois, G., Redden, J., Curlew, B., Seko, Y. McKelvey, F. (March to June, 2007). Code Politics: Party Leaders and Partisans on YouTube. http://www.infoscapelab.ca/videopolitics.
Elmer, G., Ryan, P. M., Devereaux, Z., Langlois, G., Redden, J., & McKelvey, F. (September to November, 2006). Code Politics: Canadian Liberal Leadership Race 2006. http://www.infoscapelab.ca/gritrace.


Editorials and public commentary
McKelvey, F. (2021, September 13). From sunny ways to pelted with stones: Why do some Canadians hate Justin Trudeau? The Conversation.
McKelvey, F. (2021, July 13). Toward Contextualizing Not Just Containing Right-Wing Extremisms on Social Media: The Limits of Walled Strategies. SSRC Items.
McKelvey, F. (2021, June 9). Are Bill C-10’s efforts to regulate Canadian content at odds with net neutrality? Policy Options.
McKelvey, F. & Roberge, J. (2021, April 25). Canada is gambling with its leadership on artificial intelligence. Globe and Mail.
McKelvey, F. (2020, December 1). Online creators left on the outside of Broadcasting Act reforms. Policy Options.
McKelvey, F. (2020, May 17). The value of connection: work-from-home reflections on World Telecommunication and Internet Society day. Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences Ideas Blog.
McKelvey, F. (2019, July 29). Daemons are the programs that run the internet. Here’s why it’s important to understand them. The Conversation.
Dubois, E., McKelvey, F., & Owen, T. (2019, April 10). What have we learned from Google’s political ad pullout? Policy Options.
McKelvey, F. (2019, May 1). To dismantle surveillance capitalism, we must reimagine the machine built in its service. The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Monitor, 26(1), 17.
McKelvey, F., Tworek, H., & Tenove, C. (2019, February 11). How a standards council could help curb harmful online content. Policy Options.
Tenove, C., Tworek, H., & McKelvey, F. (2018, November 12). We can’t rely solely on Silicon Valley to tackle online hatred. Globe and Mail.
McKelvey, F. (2018, July 4). Protecting our information in the age of data-driven politics. Policy Options.
McKelvey, F. (2018, May 21). Use the Charter to guide AI governance. Policy Options.
Rajabiun, R., & McKelvey, F. (2018, March 12). Why Canadians oppose blacklisting “pirate” websites. Policy Options.
McKelvey, F., & Gupta, A. (2018, February 22). Here’s how Canada can be a global leader in ethical AI. The Conversation.
McKelvey, F. (2018, January 15). Has Trust in Social Media Disappeared? Policy Options.
McKelvey, F., & Dubois, E. (2017, November 23). Toward the responsible use of bots in politics. Policy Options.
Dubois, E., & McKelvey, F. (2017, July 2). The risks and rewards of political bots for Canadian democracy. The Toronto Star.
McKelvey, F. (2016). The new attention factory: Discoverability and Canadian cultural policy, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Monitor, 23(2), 32–34.
McKelvey, F. (2016). No More Magic Algorithms: Cultural Policy in an Era of Discoverability — Data & Society: Points.
McKelvey, F. (2015). Battling political machines: Coming to a riding near you! Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Monitor, 22(3), 38–39.
McKelvey, F. (2015). Concordia University Professor talks about the Internet Performance Test, post for .CA Labs.
McKelvey, F. (2014). The Virtualities of Political Technology: Some Reflections about the Northstar Campaign System, post for Qualitative Political Communication Research.
Mckelvey, F., Tiessen, M. & Simcoe, L. (2013). We are What we Tweet: The Problem with a Big Data World when Everything You Say is Data Mined, post for Culture Digitally blog.
 ​Policy Interventions
Intervenor in Compliance and Enforcement and Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2021-9, Call for comments – Development of a network-level blocking framework to limit botnet traffic and strengthen Canadians’ online safety, 15 March 2021.

Participant in Part 1 Application by Bell Canada to allow the Bell Companies to Temporarily Block Certain Verified Fraudulent and Scam Voice Calls on Trial Basis (8638-B2-201905879), Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission, 2019-2020.

Witness before Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics concerning the breach of personal information involving Cambridge Analytica and Facebook, House of Commons, 25 September, 2018.

Participant in Call for comments on the Governor in Council’s request for a report on future programming distribution models (2017-359), Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission, 2017-2018.

Participant in Development of the Commission’s broadband funding regime (2017-112), Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission, 2017.

Participant in CRTC Interconnection Steering Committee Network Working Group, TIF 36 sub-group to “develop recommendations as to the appropriate metrics and reporting to define high-quality fixed broadband Internet access service”.May to November 2017.

Participant in Examination of differential pricing practices related to Internet data plans (2016-192), Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission, 2016-2017.

Respondent in Bell Mobility Inc. v. Klass (2016 FCA 185/ A-193-15) at the Federal Court of Appeal. Decision 20 June 2016.

Participant in Review of the Basic Service Offerings (2015-134), Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission, 2015-2016

Participant in Complaint against Bell Mobility Inc. and Quebecor Media Inc., Videotron Ltd. and Videotron G.P. alleging undue and unreasonable preference and disadvantage in regard to the billing practices for their mobile TV services Bell Mobile TV and illico.tv, Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission, 2015
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Participation activities

Conference Presentations

  1. McKelvey, F. & Joseph, D. (2017). “Under Pressure: Steam and the Discoverability of Games” as part of the Indie Interfaces Conference, September 29-30, Montreal, Quebec.
  2. Rajabiun, R. & McKelvey, F. (2017). “Complementary Realities: Public Domain Internet Measurements in the Development of Canada's Universal Access Policies” as Telecommunications Policy Research Conference Annual Conference, September 8-9, Arlington, United States.
  3. McKelvey, F. (2017). “A New Kind of Network: Donald Davies and Nonsynchronous Communication” as part of the panel: Promiscuous Concepts: Histories of Forward-Looking Technology, Ideas, and Institutions. International Communication Association Annual Conference, May 24-30, San Diego, United States.
  4. McKelvey, F. (2017). “Are You Affected?” Gamers, Publics, and Network Neutrality Enforcement” as part of the panel: Paradoxes of Participation: Open Platforms, Closed Knowledge? International Communication Association Annual Conference, May 24-30, San Diego, United States.
  5. McKelvey, F. (2017). “Optimization: A Critical History” as part of the Seminar in Media and Political Theory: CAPTURE hosted the Global Emergent Media Lab, April 14-15, Montreal, Canada
  6. McKelvey, F. (2016). “Internet daemons: the algorithms controlling Internet communication” as part of the panel: Infrastructuralism and Communication Theory. Canadian Communication Association Annual Conference, May 28-31, Calgary, Canada.
  7. McKelvey, F. & Côté, M. (2016). “Facepalms and thunderclaps: Online influencers in Canadian politics” as part of the panel: Politics and Communication in the Digital Age (V). Canadian Political Science Association Annual Conference, May 31-June 2, Calgary, Canada.
  8. McKelvey, F. (2016). “Does the difference compute? Data-driven campaigning in Canada” as part of the panel: Politics and Communication in the Digital Age (II). Canadian Political Science Association Annual Conference, May 31-June 2, Calgary, Canada.
  9. McKelvey, F. (2015). “Facebooking the Internet: Internet.org and the Future of the Internet” as part of the panel: Facebook’s Futures. Association of Internet Researchers Annual Conference, October 21-24, Phoenix, United States.
  10. McKelvey, F. (2015). “Techniques of Internet Control: connecting, standardizing, mediating, securing and transmitting” as part of the panel: Speculation and Media Policy: The Work of Imagining as Policy Engagement. International Association for Media and Communication Research Annual Conference, July 11-16, Montreal, Canada.
  11. McKelvey, F. (2015). “Media Demons: Media Policy for an Era of Intelligent Networks” as part of the panel: Speculation and Media Policy: The Work of Imagining as Policy Engagement. Canadian Communication Association Annual Conference, June 3-5, Ottawa, Canada.
  12. McKelvey, F. (2015). “Synchronizing Humans and Machines: Early Computer Networks, ARPANET, and Non-synchronous Communication” as part of panel: “Crawling Horrors” in Contemporary Network Policy. Society for Cinema and Media Studies, March 25-March 29, Montreal, Canada.
  13. Beyer, J. & McKelvey, F. (2014). “Peer-to-peer, Hacktivism, and the Network to Come” as part of panel: From the Middle East to the Million Man March: The Continuing Digital Revolution. American Political Science Association, August 28-29, Washington, United States.
  14. McKelvey, F. (2014). “Media Demons: Algorithms, Routing and Internet Measurement” as part of panel: Apps, Algorithms and Platforms: Emerging Objects of Digital Journalism. Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, August 6-9, Montréal, Canada.
  15. * McKelvey, F. & Piebiak, J. (2014). “Coding Good Technologies for Winning Campaigns: The Political Campaign Software Industry” as part of panel: Digital Campaigning and Political Organizations. International Political Science Association, July 19-24, Montréal, Canada.
  16. * McKelvey, F. & Piebiak, J. (2014). “Porting the Good Campaign: American Campaign Management Software in Canada” as part of pre-conference on Qualitative Political Communication. International Communication Association, May 22-26, Seattle, United States.
  17. McKelvey, F. (2013). “Toward a Definition of Public Internet Research: Reflections on Developing an Open Internet Measurement Platform in Canada” as part of the panel: Research, Publics and New Tools. Colloquium on Compromised Data? New paradigms in social media theory and methods, October 28-29, Toronto, Canada.
  18. McKelvey, F. (2013). Participant in panel: Revisiting Engagement in an Age of Social Media. International Conference on Social Media & Society, September 14-15, Halifax, Canada.
  19. McKelvey, F. (2013). “Buffering . . . . . . Subjectivities of temporal control on the Internet” as part of the Conditions of Premediation Preconference. International Communication Association Annual Conference, June 17, London, United Kingdom.
  20. McKelvey, F. (2013). “We Like Copies, Just Don’t Let the Others Fool You: The Pirate Bay as a Political Platform” as part of the panel: Hackers, Cyberspaces and Heterotopias: Online Publics against a Managed Web. Canadian Communication Association Annual Conference, June 5-7, Victoria, Canada.
  21. McKelvey, F. (2013). “Remembering Algorithmic Control by Reverse Engineering Internet Routing in Canada” as part of the panel: No Time to Pause: Temporalities of Digital Culture. Canadian Communication Association Annual Conference, June 5-7, Victoria, Canada.

Keynotes and Invited Talks

  1. McKelvey, F. (2018). Moderator on public panel “Is Fake News Threatning our Democracy?” Sponsored by the School of Community and Public Affairs Student Association, Sustainability Action Fund Concordia, Concordia’s Dean of Students and The Concordia Student Union on 13 February 2018.
  2. McKelvey, F. (2017). Participant on Geothink & Learn 3: Governing Artificial Intelligence Webinar organized by Geothink:Canadian Geospatial and Open Data Research Partnership on 8 December 2017.
  3. McKelvey, F. (2017). Participant on Closing Plenary as part of the Connected 150 conference on 14 October, 2017. Ottawa, Canada.
  4. McKelvey, F. (2017). Panel discussion on social media and democracy with Dr. Bernard Motulsky and Thomas Gobeil. Organized by the Junior Chamber of Commerce of Montreal and the Quartier de l’innovation on 5 October, 2016. Montreal, Quebec.
  5. McKelvey, F. (2017). “Optimization: A Critical History”. Invited talk at International Reference Centre for the Life Cycle of Products, Processes and Services (CIRAIG) on 21 September 2017, Montreal, Canada.
  6. McKelvey, F. (2017). “Internet censorship and surveillance.” Public talk on14 March 2017, John Abbott College, Montreal, Canada.
  7. McKelvey, F. (2015). “Media Daemons: Media Daemons: Internet Routing Algorithms and Network Neutrality” Keynote Talk for Brave New Worlds: The Anthropology and Sociology of Digital Cultures, 30 October 2015, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.
  8. McKelvey, F. (2015). “Media Daemons: The Algorithms Controlling Internet Routing” Invited Talk for the Yale Information Society Project Big Data Speaker Series, 21 October 2015, Yale University, New Haven, United States.
  9. McKelvey, F. (2013). “Reverse Engineering Algorithmic Media: Reflections on the Politics and Policy Implications of Software Embedded in Communication Networks” Invited Talk for the Colloquia Series at the Department of Communication, 16 January 2013, University of Washington, Seattle, United States.

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