Taylor Owen

Taylor Owen is a CIGI senior fellow and the editor of Models for Platform Governance. He is an expert on the governance of emerging technologies, journalism and media studies, and on the international relations of digital technology. 

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Governance and emerging technology
Journalism and media studies
Digital technology and international relations
Internet and society


Taylor Owen is a CIGI senior fellow and co-hosts the Big Tech podcast. He is the Beaverbrook Chair in Media, Ethics and Communications, and director of the Centre for Media, Technology and Democracy in the Max Bell School of Public Policy at McGill University, where he is also an associate professor. Taylor currently serves on the governing council of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. He was previously assistant professor of digital media and global affairs at the University of British Columbia and research director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University.

Taylor has a doctorate from the University of Oxford, and he has been a Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar, a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow, an Action Canada and Public Policy Forum Fellow, the 2016 Public Policy Forum Emerging Leader and, until 2019, served on CIGI’s Board of Directors. 

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To Fix Facebook Look to Government, Not the Market Democracy, Platform Governance Opinion
Maria Ressa and Social Media’s Illiberal Intent Democracy, Platform Governance Opinion
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During a Pandemic, Big Tech Will Only Get Bigger Financial Systems, Platform Governance Opinion
Reform or Collapse: Why Douglas Rushkoff Is Calling for an Internet Renaissance Democracy, Emerging Technology, Internet Governance Opinion
Fact-checking Is Necessary to Stop the Infodemic — but It’s Not Enough Democracy, Platform Governance Opinion
A Post-COVID-19 Digital Bretton Woods Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Platform Governance Opinion
Without More Market Pressure, Platforms Won’t Make Structural Changes Human Rights, Platform Governance Opinion
How EU Tech Policy Could Shape Global Platform Governance Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Platform Governance Opinion
Let’s Face the Facts: To Ensure Our Digital Rights, We Must Hit Pause on Facial Recognition Technology Emerging Technology, Surveillance & Privacy Opinion
How Will Regulators Approach the Third Wave of Technology Policy? Emerging Technology, Innovation, Platform Governance Opinion
Why We Shouldn't Rely on Silicon Valley's Philanthropy to Replace the Welfare State Democracy, Emerging Technology Opinion
How Quantum Tech Could Upend Global Power Structures Artificial Intelligence, Cyber Security Opinion
How Wikipedia Became an Indispensable Part of the Internet Democracy, Internet Governance Opinion