Fenwick McKelvey

Concordia University

Department of Communication Studies
Address: 7141 Sherbrooke St. West CJ-3.230 Montreal, Quebec H4B 1R6
Tel: (514) 848-2424 ext. 8673
Fax: (514) 848-4257
Email: fenwick.mckelvey@concordia.ca

PhD Joint Graduate Program in Communication and Culture (Ryerson University and York University)

Fenwick McKelvey is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Concordia University. He specializes in research on the fields of communication and journalism. More specifically, Professor McKelvey is examining questions of the algorithmic media, internet traffic management, internet policy, and governance. In addition, he has been working on research investigating the use of campaign management sofware in political campaigns in Canada and the US.

Research Axis
Axis 2: Practicing Citizenship in a Skeptical World - The practice of democratic citizenship is undergoing a multifaceted transition. There are fundamental changes in conceptions of democratic citizenship and in its practice as well as the targets of citizen action. Scepticism about representative democracy as a system of governance is growing and citizens across established democracies are withdrawing from politics. Their perception about the political world is impacted by transformations in the news media practices and by online content, including social media. Voting and party politics have been the basis of conventional interpretations of citizenship, but there is ample evidence that this conception is much too limited. New forms of communication are providing citizens with novel ways to gather information and to engage in politics.

Axis 3: Representing and Governing Citizens in Critical Times - After learning and practicing democratic citizenship, the next critical steps are representation and governance. Democratic institutions are key elements. They shape the norms and incentives for active citizenship and they link citizens and their representatives in ways that foster accountability, legitimacy and representation. In Québec and Canada, as well as in other countries, confidence of citizens toward the institutions is low, as many dislike the way that members of parliaments behave and consider that politicians don’t honour their promises, hence various political endeavours to reform these institutions. Research on this axis will focus on the role of electoral systems, parliaments, parliamentary debates, and political parties.

Adnan Raja, PhD
(Start: 2017)

The Permanent Campaign: New Media, New Politics
Year: 2012
Place: New York
Publisher: Peter Lang

A Consensual Hallucination No More? The Internet as Simulation Machine
Journal: European Journal of Cultural Studies
Volume: 18
issue: 4
Year: 2015
First Page: 577
Last Page: 594
M. tiessen
L. Simcoe

End and ways: The algorithmic politics of network neutrality
Journal: Global Media Journal - Canadian Edition
Volume: 3
issue: 1
Year: 2010

A Programmable Platform? Drupal, Modularity, and the Future of the Web
Journal: Fibreculture
Volume: 18
Year: 2011

Mapping Commercial Web 2.0 Worlds: Towards a New Critical Ontogenesis
Journal: Fibreculture
Volume: 14
Year: 2009
F. Langlois
G. Elmer
K. Werbin

Networked Publics: the Double Articulation of Code and Politics on Facebook
Journal: Canadian Journal of Communication
Volume: 34
issue: 3
Year: 2009
First Page: 415
Last Page: 434
G. Langlois
G. Elmer
Z. Devereaux

Election Bloggers: Methods for Determining Political Influence
Journal: First Monday
Volume: 12
issue: 4
Year: 2007
G. Elmer
P. Ryan
Z. Devereaux
G. Langlois and J. Redden

Openness Compromise? Questioning the Role of Openness in Digital Methods and Contemporary Critical Praxis
Journal: Compromised Data: From Social Media to Big Data
Year: 2015
First Page: 126
Last Page: 146
Place: New York
Publisher: Bloomsbury

You Are Not Welcome Among Us: Pirates and the State
Journal: International Journal of Communication
Volume: 9
issue: 19
Year: 2015
First Page: 890
Last Page: 908
J. Beyer

Algorithmic Media Need Algorithmic Methods: Why Publics Matter
Journal: Canadian Journal of Communication
Volume: 39
issue: 4
Year: 2014

Internet Demons: Te Programs Optimizing Internet Communications
Year: 2018
Place: Minneapolis
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press

Canada: Building Bot Typologies
Journal: Computational propaganda: political parties, politicians, and political manipulation on social media
Year: 2018
First Page: 64
Last Page: 85
Elizabeth Dubois
Place: New-York
Publisher: Oxford University Press

Scandals and Screenshots: Social Media Elites in Canadian Politics
Journal: Political Elites in Canada: Power and Influence in Instantaneous Times
Year: 2018
Côté, M
Raynauld, R
Place: Vancouver
Publisher: University of British Columbia Press

Hillary 2016
Journal: Appified
Year: 2018
Place: Ann Arbor
Publisher: University of Michigan Press

Does the Diference Compute? Data-Driven Campaigning in Canada
Journal: What's #Trending In Canadian Politics? Understanding Transformations in Power, Media, and the Public Sphered
Year: 2019
Place: Vancouver
Publisher: University of British Columbia Press

Bugging out: darknets as parasites of large-scale media objects
Journal: Media, Culture & Society
Volume: 41
issue: 2
Year: 2019
First Page: 219
Last Page: 235
Robert Gehl

Discoverability: Toward a Definition of Content Discovery Through Platforms
Journal: Social Media + Society
Volume: 5
issue: 1
Year: 2019
Robert Hunt

Complementary realities: Public domain Internet measurements in the development of Canada's universal access policies
Journal: The Information Society
Volume: 35
issue: 2
Year: 2019

Porting the political campaign: Te NationBuilder platform and the global fows of political technology
Journal: New Media & Society
Year: 2018
Jill Piebiak

ARPANET and its boundary devices: modems, IMPs, and the interstructuralism of infrastructures
Journal: Internet Histories
Year: 2018
First Page: 1
Last Page: 20
Kevin Driscoll

Artificial Intelligence Policy Innovations at the Canadian Federal Government
Journal: Canadian Journal of Communication Policy Portal
Volume: 44
issue: 1
Year: 2019
First Page: 43
Last Page: 50

Political Bots: Disrupting Canada’s Democracy
Journal: Canadian Journal of Communication Policy Portal
Volume: 44
issue: 1
Year: 2019
First Page: 27
Last Page: 33