Taylor Owen

Taylor Owen is a CIGI senior fellow and the host of Big Tech with Taylor Owen. 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 the host of Big Tech with Taylor Owen. 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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Naomi Klein Takes Aim at Big Tech Democracy, Platform Governance Opinion
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The Democratizing Myth of the GameStop Surge Financial Systems, Platform Governance Opinion
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