Sections are thematically-linked groups of profiles within the broader Mapping Global Media Policy platform. A Section may be a clearly defined topic, a discrete policy debate, an institutional actor with its network relations, or a set of related policy documents. Whereas the Categories and the Search function of this website provide access to all the content of the site, Sections highlight the profiles which are related to such a specific theme, actor or process. If you are interested in building a Section, please contact us at

Title Description

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in 2005 requested the United Nations General Assembly to review the implementation of WSIS outcomes in 2015. Several review and consultation processes have emerged to assess the progress made since the WSIS and to look at ongoing and future trends in ICT development and information/knowledge societies. In this section, Julia Pohle maps actors and resources of these processes.

Media Policy Change in North Africa and the Middle East

Political change in several countries of North Africa and the Middle East has led to a debate on media policy reform in these countries. Here we are gathering and categorizing proposals for media policy change, and actors that are trying to trigger and influence this change. Contributors to this section have included Gretchen King, Ilana Hanukov and Jocelyn Harrington (all McGill University).

Gender & Media

This section concerns Gender-oriented Communication Governance (GoC_Gov) understood as the set of governing arrangements that promote a social agenda for change based on gender equity in and through any form of mediated communication. The section has been initiated as part of a research project conducted at the University of Padova (2011-2013) and includes actors, documents and resources that pertain to GoC_Gov in a supra- and trans-national context.

Gender and Media in Europe

Gender and Media in Europe includes profiles for people, organizational actors, policys documents and resources from the European context, thematically linked to the broader section on Gender and Media but focused on European countries as well as the supranational European space and its institutions. Gender and media is the main focus, paralleled by a broader understanding of equal opportunities, gender mainstreaming and the promotion of women in decision-making.

Internet Governance

This emerging section points to organisations and resources that deal with technical questions of internet governance, the technical infrastructure, software and protocols, and international as well as multi-stakeholder collaboration.

Media Indicators
Disability & Media Policy

This section maps the emerging area of disability and global media policy. It has a particular focus on new forms of disability media, policy, actors, and technology. In addition, it aims to map new concepts of disability, communication rights, and human rights, especially through the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Research for this section is led by Professor Gerard Goggin (University of Sydney), and supported by his Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellowship.

Internet rights charters and declarations

This section contains a collection of legal and policy documents focusing on internet rights and freedoms, including UN documents, documents released by other international organizations, multistakeholder initiatives, initiatives promoted by the civil society, national initiatives and national legislations. The documents are the result of very different drafting processes and form a very composite set of documents with different structures, styles and legal values. However, all of them fulfil two fundamental requirements: first, their title or subtitle include terms referring both to the Internet and to human rights; second, they all have a normative aim.
The "specific theme" section has been completed following the typology proposed by UNESCO in 2015, based on six different pillars: access to information and knowledge, freedom of expression, privacy, ethics, intellectual property rights, Internet governance principles (the "UNESCO Internet Study" explains how this typology has been constructed and which more specific issues are included in each pillar).

Mobile Internet Policy

Mobile Internet is a complex mix of telecommunications, mobile and locative media, Internet and social media. Funded by the Australian Research Council, and undertaken by researchers based at the University of Sydney, this section will map the responses of policy institutions and actors to the range of forms of mobile Internet, and it will look at aspects of mobile media; news diversity; openness of platforms; and citizen participation.

Net Neutrality

Network neutrality has become a key area of contention in the field of internet governance and telecommunication policy. In this section we are gathering information on actors who campaign or lobby on this issue, their statements and reports, national laws, and academic analysis.

Social Media & Privacy

This emerging section explores the important impact social media has had on debates surrounding user privacy issues. It includes information on social media companies, their privacy policies, regulations regarding social media and privacy created at the subnational, national, and supranational levels, along with scholarly articles that discuss this thematic area and its contemporary implications.

Internet Governance of Social Media Advertising

As part of the project "Interactor Commodity" (funded by the Canadian Social Science and Humanities Research Council SSHRC), a research team led by Prof. Jeremy Shtern from University of Ottawa is mapping global guidelines, legislation and institutions dealing with the regulation of social media advertising practices, including data mining, online privacy, tracking, disclosure and opt-out of targeting policies, and others.

Community Media Policy

Governments and international institutions are increasingly recognizing community media as the 'third sector' of broadcasting, next to commercial and public service media. This emerging section of the database is a space to collect information on actors, policy documents and resources that advance or observe this process. It is managed by Jocelyn Harrington (McGill University) and Arne Hintz (Cardiff University).

Canadian Broadcast Policy

This section includes organizations, policy documents and resources that build and influence the policy environment for broadcasting in Canada. The section was created as part of university courses offered by Marc Raboy (McGill University) and Genevieve Bonin (University of Ottawa).

Korean Broadcast Policy

This thematic section serves to gather and highlight information on broadcast policy in Korea, particularly concerning the current issues of digital transition, license fee, media rep and spectrum auction. The section is developed by Prof. Daeho Kim, Department of Communications and Information, Inha University, South Korea.

Media Literacy and Education

Governments and international bodies have generated policies for educators to develop a 'media literate' citizenry among youth. These policies range from how to introduce, describe and utilize media in lesson plans, to what media is appropriate and/or inappropriate within a national curriculum. In this section, Melanie Wilson (McGill University) will gather educational policies from around the world, as well as critical analysis.

Financing Public Service Broadcasting

This section concerns current and historical debates on the financing of public service broadcasting. The current dataset (actors, policy documents and resources) focuses on Germany and the United Kingdom, and was created by Christian Potschka. Data on other countries may be added in the future.

International Institutions

This section includes global and intergovernmental institutions in the field of global media policy, with links to key documents that they have produced. The section was created by students in the graduate seminar COMS-627 on Global Media Governance, offered by Prof. Marc Raboy at McGill University in winter 2011. More profiles are added on a rolling basis.

Repositories, Maps and Databases

This section encompasses databases that collect and present information on actors, laws, forces and trends in the field of media and communication across the globe. Some of these repositories adopt a specific policy focus whereas others adopt a broad and comprehensive approach. The section thus points to complementary data sources on global media policy. It includes databases created and hosted by civil society, academic institutions, and international organizations.