Digital Leaders: Dr. Gabriella Coleman

Monday, June 24, 2013

As we progress further into the information age, digital rights are becoming an increasingly important component of free expression. In an effort to highlight the many digital issues related to this basic human right, CJFE’s 2012-2013 Review of Free Expression in Canada profiled four individuals we consider to be among Canada’s ”digital leaders” and whose specializations reflect various facets of free expression as they impact our digital activities.

Professor Gabriella Coleman is the first of CJFE’s digital leaders to be featured on the website. She is currently the Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University, and is widely considered the world’s foremost scholar on hacktivist group Anonymous. Her take on the digital issues of free expression focuses on the overlap between copyright and free expression, the issue of surveillance, and the ability to track, gather and sift through information. For more information on Professor Coleman’s work, check out our interactive feature below!

CJFE’s 2012-2013 Review of Free Expression in Canada is available for download as a PDF. The interview with Professor Coleman can be downloaded here, or read in its entirety below.