Events (updating)

We are pleased to announce the launch of Cory Doctorow’s latest novel, Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town on Monday, October 24th at 6.30pm, at our office. See the full invitation (PDF) for more details.

In addition to his work with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Cory busies himself with a broad range of lecturing and writing engagements, including the organization of the popular monthly Copyfighters event at Stanhope Centre (see "Recurring Events" below).

We look forward to seeing you next week – light refreshments will be provided! Please RSVP to Alicia Altorfer-Ong by Thursday, 20th of October.

Recurring Events

Copyfighters' Brunch and Talking Shop
hosted by Scholar-in-Residence Cory Doctorow

Stanhope Centre (directions); contact Cory for time information

Copyfighters meet for brunch at Stanhope Centre once a month and--weather permitting--walk over to the Speaker's Corner in Hyde Park to deliver speeches on intellectual property reform. This is an open event, but please contact Cory if you will be coming.

Past Events

A Conversation with Frank Webster
July 21st, 2005, 5:30-6:30 p.m. (with wine and cheese to follow), Stanhope Centre for Communications Policy Research (directions)

Frank Webster is Professor of Sociology at City University. Among his many recent publications are the books: Theories of the Information Society (2002) and Culture and Politics in the Information Age: A New Politics? (2001). Professor Webster's research interests are democratization and new media and information war. Discussions revolved around these topics and also the difference between the scholarly study of communication in the US and the UK. This event was part of the Annenberg PGCS Summer Event Series.

Shopping in the Digital Age: A Critical View
July 15th, 2005, 5:30-6:30 p.m. (with wine and cheese to follow), Stanhope Centre for Communications Policy Research (directions)

Featuring Joseph Turow
The Robert Lewis Shayon Professor of Communication
University of Pennsylvania

A public lecture by Professor Joseph Turow. This event was part of the Annenberg PGCS Summer Event Series and was co-sponsored by the Internet Society of England. See the official invitation (PDF).

Encounters with Farmers and Nomads of the Himalayas: Innovative steps in Participatory Action Research
Thursday 7th July; 6.30 to 9.00pm, Stanhope House

A joint project by Insight and the Macaulay Institute using Participatory Video to value and share indigenous knowledge and ways of managing natural resources. Enabling bottom-up communication with external agencies such as Research Institutions, Policy Makers and NGOs. You will see excerpts of four participatory video messages filmed and directed by communities from Ladakh (India), Pakistan and China (Eastern Tibet).

View the full invitation (PDF)

Summer Policy Internships: A Welcoming Reception
June 22nd, 2005, 7pm, Stanhope Centre for Communications Policy Research (directions)

A reception to welcome holders of Annenberg-Stanhope Summer Policy Internships. All interested parties are welcome. Please book in advance by contacting Christian Sandvig. This event is part of the Annenberg PGCS Summer Event Series.

The IIC/ Olswang Debate chaired by Torin Douglas: FAT PIPES - THIN CONTENT: Where will the content for all the delivery platforms come from?
April 27, 2005, 6 pm, Olswang, 90 High Holborn, London WC1V 6XX


  • Bill James, CEO Digital Media Services, BT Entertainment
  • Tom Loosemore, Project Director, Charter Review (New Media Direction - Management and Governance), BBC
  • Shai Weiss, Director of Operations, NTL

See the official invitation for more details and registration instructions

Open Knowledge Forum on Civic Information
February 17th, 2005, 7-9pm, Stanhope Centre for Communications Policy Research (directions)

This forum will address the subject of 'civic' information such as:

  • Reportage of parliament events (e.g. Hansard) and the issue of Crown Copyright
  • Parliamentary composition and voting
  • Information on local government officials and activities

The focus will be on: projects and software that produce or make available such information; and the legal and social issues involved in obtaining and providing such information.

Lying behind all of these is that chimeric goal of giving the public greater involvement in the democratic system and increasing the accountability of the government to its citizens. For more information on this event, please contact Rufus Pollock.

Reporting Zimbabwe: African and Global Perspectives
from the Communication and Media Research Institute at the University of Westminster
February 25th, 2005, 9:30am-6pm, Stanhope Centre for Communications Policy Research (directions)

Speakers include:

  • Professor Terence Ranger (University of Oxford)
  • Professor Tawana Kupe (University of Witswatersrand)
  • Baffour Ankomah (Editor, New African)
  • Professor Ragnar Waldahl (University of Oslo)
  • Professor Nkosi Ndlela (Hedmark University College)
  • Professor Richard Saunders (York University, Toronto)
  • Dr Winston Mano (University of Westminster)
  • Dr Vincent Magombe (Director, Africa Inform International)
  • Wilf Mbanga (Publisher, The Zimbabwean)
For registration information, contact Dr. Winston Mano

Institute of International Communications Post-Christmas Party
January 18, 2005, 6:30 pm, Stanhope Centre for Communications Policy Research

Multi-Exposure Book Launching
Thursday, November 11, 7:30 pm
At this point in history when Jewish and Muslim communities are experiencing unprecedented pressures to deepen the divide, ‘Across the Divide’ is an exciting and cutting edge project by Exiled Writers Ink! and Multi Exposure, which aims to create a supportive environment in which some of the issues can be explored productively. The launch of two publications bridging the divide in the arts will take place on November 11 at the Stanhope Centre for Communications Policy Research. More information from Multi-Exposure and Exiled Writers Ink!

Intellectual Property in Comparative Perspective: Cultural Implications of Technological Change: An intensive policy-oriented two-week summer seminar on the political and cultural context of intellectual property law, held at the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest, Aug 1-12. Details>

Monday, 28 June 2004, 3 pm-5 pm, Hosted by the Stanhope Centre
A panel discussion on the progress of online activism. What has changed after all this effort, and what might change if we get it right? Details>

Entrepreneurial Dinner Ladies, Liberated Bytes and Other Hybrids
Wednesday, June 9, 2004, hosted by the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy, University of Oxford
High-tech communication systems like the Internet are widely seen as crucial for modern entrepreneurs. In this seminar, Dawn Nafus reconsidered this feature of UK economic policy by examining what it means to be 'social' and 'technical' as an entrepreneur in a small enterprise. Official Announcement>

Roundtable Seminar: "Incitement and Hate Speech in the Media"
Tuesday, May 25, 2004, hosted by the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy, Univeristy of Oxford
This meeting involved a Chatham House Rules discussion of an innovative project currently being carried out by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and BBC Monitoring on global monitoring of hate speech and ethnic tension in the media, and included officials from the Foreign Office, the BBC, and leading QCs and academic experts in the field.

IWPR Reception: Publication of The View from Baghdad
Wednesday, May 24, 2004, Stanhope Centre, Stanhope Place, London W2 2HH
Join Index on Censorship magazine at a reception to mark the publication of The View from Baghdad and the end of our first year of work in Iraq, running monitoring, training and publishing programmes to directly support the Iraqi media. Collecting new writing and archive material in Arabic, The View from Baghdad helps define the debate on the future of the media, the occupation and the state of media reform and regulation in Iraq. It poses important questions about the lives of women, artists and minority groups in Iraq and wider issues of free expression in the Arab world. Index team members will be on hand to answer questions about the publication, their plans for future work in Iraq and an ambitious project to found a regular Arabic language edition of Index on Censorship.

Media, the Law and Peacebuilding: from Bosnia and Kosova to Iraq
Friday, May 21, 2004. 9:30 AM, Old Theatre, London School of Economics
The 2004 Alistair Berkley Memorial Seminar featured several prominent media figures, including Simon Haselock, the interim media administrator in postwar Bosnia, Kosova and Iraq; BBC Presenter Nik Gowing; and Stanhope Centre Director Monroe Price. The four-hour discussion focused on the role of media policy in postwar environments.

"In Bed with TNI"
Film screening and discussion. Wednesday, May 19th, 2004, 6.45pm, Stanhope Centre for Communications Policy Research, Stanhope House, Stanhope Place, London W2 2HH
This documentary covers the experience of Australian reporter David O'Shea, who was one of only a handful of foreign journalists embedded with the Indonesian Military Forces. In the documentary, David follows embedded Indonesian journalists and highlights their struggle to put out accurate reports on the deteriorating human rights situation there. Presented by Mosaikon Development Consultants, in conjunction with the Southeast Asian Resource Centre (SEARC), Pinto Aceh (a solidarity group for peace in Aceh) and TAPOL.

“A Stone’s Throw Away” Film screening and discussion. Tuesday, 17th February 2004, 6.45pm, Stanhope Centre for Communications Policy Research, Stanhope House, Stanhope Place, London W2 2HH
This multi-award-winning documentary profiles three boys from the Deheishe refugee camp outside Bethlehem. In a period where normal becomes abnormal we follow the boys through a summer of curfew. The film’s photographer, Tone Andersen, who is based in the West Bank, took questions and discussed the challenges that she faces as a media worker in a conflict situation.

This free event was jointly organised by Media 19 and Mosaikon Ltd, with the kind support of the Stanhope Centre.

Technology and Standards in the Public Interest: Comparing Values and Approaches to Code as Law The Cotswolds, England, December 8-9, 2003
The Stanhope Centre in collaboration with the Ford Foundation, the Open Society Institute and the Markle Foundation is hosting a two-day extensive roundtable on the design process of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT), and its impact on the various layers of society.

Mapping Media Assistance
This workshop, held in March 2003 in New York, focused on the global "media assistance industry" and the implications for national policies of the research approaches of the Crisis States Programme. The workshop was co-sponsored by the Squadron Program in Media, Law and Society at Cardozo School of Law in New York.

The Role and Remit of Public Service Communicators in the Digital Age: Beyond Market Failure? Friday 28th February, 15:30 to 17:30
Richard Collins, Professor of Media, Open University and Nanne Priebs, Markle Research Fellow, Oxford University will begin the discussion followed by a presentation from Tim Gardam, Director of Programmes, Channel 4. This seminar is part of a series for the Institute for Public Policy Research's (IPPR) Public Service research project.