Welcome to Infoscape.

Founded in 2005 at Toronto Met University (formerly Ryerson University), the IRL develops software based research tools, critical theories and experimental research methods to explore the cultural and political impact of digital infrastructures.

Greg Elmer,
Director

Greg Elmer (PhD, University of Massachusetts Amherst) is Bell Media Research Chair and Professor of Professional Communication at Toronto Metropolitan University. In addition to conducting scholarly research Greg has produced, co-produced and directed award winning documentaries, broadcast news segments, newspaper columns, and digital media research software. Greg’s current research focuses on conditions of media scarcity & social justice, cold war media, the history of media financialization, and digital forms of disinformation, discrimination and politics.

Greg previous held academic appointments at the University of Pittsburgh, Boston College and Florida State University. His research and teaching focus on new media and politics, surveillance studies, media financialization, and documentary film production. Greg was previously visiting Faculty Fellow at Amsterdam’s Virtual Knowledge Studio, the National Center for E-Social Science at the University of Manchester, the Social Science Research Council in New York City, the London School of Economics, Goldsmiths College, Yeungnam University, and Erasmus University. In the fall of 2022 he will be visiting faculty fellow at Soderntorn University, Stockholm. 

Greg has published a number of books: Compromised Data: From Social Media to Big Data (co-edited with Ganaele Langlois and Joanna Redden, Bloomsbury, 2015), Infrastructure Critical (with Alexandra Renzi, ARP 2012), The Permanent Campaign: New Media, New Politics (with Ganaele Langlois & Fenwick McKelvey, Peter Lang, 2012), Preempting Dissent: The Politics of an Inevitable Future, (with Andy Opel, ARP Press, 2008), Profiling Machines: Mapping the Personal Information Economy (2005: MIT Press),Critical Perspectives on the Internet (2002: Rowman and Littlefield), Contracting Out Hollywood: Runaway Productions and Foreign Location Shooting, (with Mike Gasher co-editor, Rowman and Littlefield, 2005), and Locating Migrating Media (with Charles Davis & Janinne Marchessault, Lexington Press, 2010). 

Greg serves on the editorial board of  The Information Society, Internet Histories, Social Media & Society, Communication & Critical/Cultural Studies, Topia, PARISS, the Canadian Journal of Communication, the Interactive Film & Media Journal, and the American Communication Journal. 

Ganaele Langlois,
Associate Director

Ganaele Langlois (PhD York University) is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Communication studies department at York University, Canada. Her research interests lie in media theory and critical theory, with specific interest in the shaping of subjectivity and agency through and with media technologies. Her book, Meaning in the age of Social Media, was published by Palgrave in 2014. Professor Langlois is currently co-principal investigator on a SSHRC standard research grant to study the politics of social media platforms. She has also co-edited a book on the topic entitled Compromised Data? From Social Media to Big Data (Bloomsbury, 2015). She is currently working on a research project about textile as communication. Her research has been published in New Media and Society, Culture Machine, Communication and Critical-Cultural Studies, Television and New Media, and Fibreculture.

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Anthony Burton,
Research Associate

Anthony Glyn Burton is a Ph.D. student and SSHRC Joseph Bombardier Fellow in the Department of Communications at Simon Fraser University. Anthony’s research is broadly concerned with the networked developments of epistemologies and ideology in technolgical and datafied environments. His other research interests include digital temporalities, computing, masculinity, and the body. He graduated from Toronto Metropolitan and York University’s Master of Arts in Communication & Culture, where he wrote his thesis on involuntary celibracy, programmatic epistemology, and masculinity under neoliberalism. He leads the Beyond Verification project at the Digital Democracies Institute in Vancouver and is a researcher at the Infoscape Lab. He is lead author of Algorithmic Authenticity (Meson Press, forthcoming) and his research has been published in First Monday, the Harvard Misinformation Review, Canadian Journal of Communication, and Social Media & Society. 

Stephen Neville,
Research Associate

Stephen J. Neville is a SSHRC-funded PhD student of Communication and Culture at York University. His master’s research on privacy and surveillance issues of consumer technology was awarded the 2019 Beaverbrook Prize by the Canadian Communication Association. His doctoral research expands on this work by addressing the political implications of machine listening technologies. His interests center on sound studies, surveillance studies, and the politics of new media. He has an upcoming co-authored book chapter on voice assistants published by Routledge in the Handbook of Domestication (Ed. Maren Hartmann). Currently he is research assistant and co-author on the SSHRC funded media scarcity project (G. Elmer P.I.). His research has been published in Social Media & Society, Surveillance & Society, Convergence, Canadian Journal of Communication, and Journal of Sonic Studies. 

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Anh Phan Vu
Research Associate

Anh Phan Vu is a PhD candidate in the Communication & Culture program at Toronto Metroplitan University. More soon…

Samuel Shaftoe,
Research Associate

Sam Shaftoe is an MA graduate of the joint Communication & Culture program at TMU & York University. Sam provides research and programming support for the IRL.

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