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Applications open for UJ/Oxford Media Policy Summer Institute

​For the first time, the University of Johannesburg (UJ) will be a co-organiser of the University of Oxford’s Media Policy Summer Institute, along with the Annenberg School at the University of Pennsylvania. The 2019 Media Policy Summer Institute will be held from August 4-17, 2019.

The Summer Institute is now in its 21st year and is one of the most prestigious institutes for media policy. Every year approximately 30 participants gather in Oxford for two intensive weeks of classes and discussions on cutting edge issues of technology, law and policy.

The new partnership with UJ brings a unique opportunity for international engagement adding greater diversity and breadth of experience to the Institute’s curriculum.

The five themes of the 2019 Institute include:

  1. Extreme speech and hate speech online;
  2. Biometric technology in vulnerable populations;
  3. Innovative efforts to extend the internet and connect the unconnected;
  4. Algorithmic bias and inequality online;
  5. Internet shutdowns.


By choosing these themes, the event aims to explore issues such as online censorship, social media content regulation, net neutrality, the spread of disinformation online, and the relationship between technology and democratic participation – amongst others. Participants will leave with a thorough understanding of how these issues influence, and are influenced by, laws and regulations governing the media and communication technologies in diverse contexts and jurisdictions.

The deadline for applications is April 20, 2019.

The early decision deadline is March 19, 2019.

To apply, please visit:

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