Jonathan Obar

Department of Communication Studies

Assistant Professor

Office: Victor Phillip Dahdaleh Building, 3008
Phone: 416 736 2100 Ext: 33873
Emailjaobar@yorku.ca

Jonathan A. Obar, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies. He also serves as a Research Associate with the Quello Center for Telecommunication Management and Law at Michigan State University, where he previously worked for four years. His teaching and research focus on information and communication policy, and the relationship between digital technologies, civil liberties and the inclusiveness of public culture. Recent academic publications address Big Data and privacy, internet routing and NSA surveillance, network neutrality, and digital activism. He is co-editor of Strategies for Media Reform: International Perspectives.

Dr. Obar has served as a Research Fellow with the public policy think tank the New America Foundation and the media reform organization Free Press, as a researcher with the Open Society Foundations, and as a Senior Advisor to the Wikimedia Foundation’s Wikipedia Education Program.

Dr. Obar has a Master of Arts degree in Media Studies from Syracuse University and a PhD in Mass Communications from Penn State University.

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Research Interests

Communication Policy, Information Policy, Digital Media and Civil Liberties, Digital Activism, Big Data and Privacy, and Network Neutrality

Upcoming Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Fall/Winter 2017-2018 AP/COMN2500 6.0  Information and Technology LECT  
Fall/Winter 2017-2018 AP/COMN4201 6.0  Resistance and Subversion on the Internet SEMR  


Jonathan A. Obar, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies. He also serves as a Research Associate with the Quello Center for Telecommunication Management and Law at Michigan State University, where he previously worked for four years. His teaching and research focus on information and communication policy, and the relationship between digital technologies, civil liberties and the inclusiveness of public culture. Recent academic publications address Big Data and privacy, internet routing and NSA surveillance, network neutrality, and digital activism. He is co-editor of Strategies for Media Reform: International Perspectives.

Dr. Obar has served as a Research Fellow with the public policy think tank the New America Foundation and the media reform organization Free Press, as a researcher with the Open Society Foundations, and as a Senior Advisor to the Wikimedia Foundation’s Wikipedia Education Program.

Dr. Obar has a Master of Arts degree in Media Studies from Syracuse University and a PhD in Mass Communications from Penn State University.


Recent Research:

The Biggest Lie on the Internet: Ignoring the Privacy Policies and Terms of Service Policies of Social Networking Services. (with Anne Oeldorf-Hirsch).

Big Data and The Phantom Public: Walter Lippmann and the Fallacy of Data Privacy Self-Management. Big Data and Society.

Social Media Definition and the Governance Challenge. Telecommunications Policy (with Steve Wildman).

Internet Surveillance and Boomerang Routing: A Call for Canadian Network Sovereignty. CCA Proceedings (with Andrew Clement).

Canadian Advocacy 2.0: An Analysis of Social Media Adoption and Perceived Affordances by Advocacy Groups Looking to Advance Activism in Canada. Canadian Journal of Communication.

Reconciling Political and Economic Goals in the Net Neutrality Debate. Information Society (with Johannes Bauer).

Closing the Technocratic Divide? Activist Intermediaries, Digital Form Letters, and Public Involvement in FCC Policy Making. International Journal of Communication (Network Neutrality Special Issue).

Area of Specialization

Mass Communication

Degrees

PhD in Mass Communications, Penn State University
MA in Media Studies, Syracuse University

Research Interests:

Communication Policy, Information Policy, Digital Media and Civil Liberties, Digital Activism, Big Data and Privacy, and Network Neutrality


Teaching:

Upcoming Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Fall/Winter 2017-2018 AP/COMN2500 6.0  Information and Technology LECT  
Fall/Winter 2017-2018 AP/COMN4201 6.0  Resistance and Subversion on the Internet SEMR