Frequently Asked Questions

How do I access the content of this website?

You can access all the content of the database through the different entry points on the right side of the homepage. You may want to search for content through either a simple keyword search or a detailed advanced search (see the ‘Search’ menu on the right side); or look for particular organisations, policy documents or scientific material (see the ‘Categories’ menu on the right side); or explore the specific thematic sections in which content is currently created (see the ‘Sections’ menu on the right side). Access to all content on this site is free and open.

Content will be displayed as lists of ‘profiles’, and you can click on each profile to get to the actual data that was inserted about it. You can also display the content as visual overviews by using the tools at the bottom of each page.


Does this database encompass all existing data on global media policy?

No. It includes the data that users have inserted. The database is not an encyclopedia that we provide to users as a service. Rather, it is a kind of ‘Wikipedia’ for global media policy, as the content is created entirely by the users.

These collaborators and content creators build thematic ‘sections’ – data on specific topics and/or policy debates that they are working on and are interested in. Some of these sections are fairly comprehensive, others are just starting to emerge, but there are many relevant areas in global media policy on which no section has been created yet. As more people get involved, the sections will grow and the overall database will expand.

As all data has been entered manually, and by different people, you will find that some profiles differ in terms of their breadth and accuracy. If you would like to help developing either existing or new profiles, just get in touch!


Who creates the content?

Similar to Wikipedia, all content is created entirely by the users and has been inserted manually by people who support the project and contribute their time and energy. Mostly this includes researchers and research groups who want to study a specific policy topic and use the database to gather and categorize the relevant components of the field, but it may also include civil society activists and any interested members of the public.


How can I create content?

While accessing content is open to everyone, creating content requires a login account for the site. If you would like to create content, just send an email to the Steering Committee that administers the website at policymapping(at), tell us just a few words about yourself and what you want to do on the site, and request a login account. We will then provide you with a login and some basic instructions as soon as possible.


Who owns the content?

The website is under a Creative Commons license, so the content can be used by everyone (as long as they reference the source) and is not owned by anyone. However, as a content creator, your (user-)name will be included in every profile that you create and can be included in the description of the section that you are working on. Thus your work on the site will be recognised.

You can also create you ‘own’ section that can be edited exclusively by you and not tampered with by others.


Who runs the site?

The website is part of the project Mapping Global Media Policy which was initiated by the Global Media Policy Working Group of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR). It is hosted and supported by an academic consortium led by Media@McGill, a research and public outreach hub based at McGill University (Canada). The project is run by a Steering Committee that includes Marc Raboy (McGill University), Claudia Padovani (University of Padova), and Arne Hintz (Cardiff University). The Steering Committee collaborates with scholars and institutions worldwide.

The Steering Committee develops and maintains the infrastructure of this project, including the structure of the database and the visualization tools. The content is not developed by the Steering Committee but by collaborators and users worldwide.


What is the objective of this site, and who is it for?

This website, as part of the broader project Mapping Global Media Policy, serves to monitor, categorize and analyze key issues, significant developments and recent trends in the governance of media, information and communication. Its main goals are to build and share knowledge on the complex field of global media policy, foster access to information and reflections on global media policy, and enhance actors’ capacity to effectively intervene in relevant policy settings. It thus addresses the needs of both scholars/researchers and activists/advocates.

If you are a scholar researching community media policy, the information provided on the site may help you with your academic work. If you are a civil society activist who seeks information about net neutrality policies in other countries, advocacy documents on the issue, and international policy fora where it is debated, the information provided here may help you with effectively intervening into that debate. In both cases, it may be helpful for you and your fellow scholars and activists to add more information to the database or create a new section.

You can find more information about the project and its goals here:


Can this website be used as a teaching tool?

The website offers opportunities for students, teachers and trainers to enhance the learning process in workshops and university courses. It has been used to illustrate the complexities of global media policy and to identify relevant components and dimensions. Student projects have included data gathering and categorization, as well as the creation of visual maps on particular policy topics, thereby enhancing students' understanding of specific policy fields and their actors and interactions. For more information, check and feel free to get in touch with us.


Where do I find explanations for all the terms that are used on the website?

You will find explanations of key terminology in the glossary: