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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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, Security Opinion
How Wikipedia Became an Indispensable Part of the Internet Democracy, Internet Governance Opinion
What We Know — and Don’t Know — about Microtargeting and Its Influence on Political Behaviour Democracy, Platform Governance Opinion
Why an Oversight Board Alone Can’t Moderate the World’s Content Internet Governance, Platform Governance Opinion
What Rana Foroohar’s Reporting Taught Us about Technology and Democracy Democracy, Platform Governance Opinion
International Cooperation on Platform Governance Platform Governance Event
How to Stop Fake News on Social Media Platform Governance Video
The Case for Platform Governance Platform Governance CIGI Papers
Models for Platform Governance Platform Governance Essay Series
Introduction: Why Platform Governance? Democracy, Platform Governance Opinion
Models for Platform Governance Platform Governance Video
Canada Future Forward Summit Democracy, Innovation Event