Brett Caraway obtained his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin before coming to the University of Toronto in 2012. He is an assistant professor at the Institute of Communication, Culture, Information, and Technology at the University of Toronto Mississauga and holds a graduate appointment in the Faculty of Information. Prof. Caraway’s research lies at the intersections of economics, Marxian theory, social movements, media studies, and intellectual property law. His research has been published in prominent academic journals like Communication Theory, Information, Communication & Society, Media, Culture & Society, and the International Journal of Communication. He teaches courses in economics, intellectual property, Internet law, Marxian theory, media studies, history of communication technologies, and media production.
Master of Information (MI)
Concentration: Critical Information Policy Studies
Professor Caraway studies the relations between digital media, labour, cultural production, and resistance. His work investigates these relations through analyses of the myriad conflicts that have arisen in the realm of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs).
Caraway, B. (2017). Connective Action. Surplus3: Labour and the Digital, edited by Letters and Handshakes.
Caraway, B. (2016). OUR Walmart: a case study of connective action. Information, Communication & Society, Volume 19, Issue 7, 907. doi:10.1080/1369118X.2015.1064464
Caraway, B. (2016). Crisis of Command: Theorizing Value in New Media. Communication Theory, Volume 26, Issue 1, 64-81. doi:10.1111/comt.12057
Caraway, B. (2016). Recomposing the Casual Class, Alternate Routes: A Journal of Critical Social Research, Volume 27, 253-266.
Caraway, B., & Lapp, J. (2016). Introduction to the UDC Special Issue: Circuits of Struggle, The Political Economy of Communication.
Caraway, B. (2012). Piracy Cultures: Survey of File-Sharing Culture. International Journal of Communication, Volume 6, Issue 2012, 564-584, special section on “Piracy Cultures”, ed. by G. Cardoso and M. Castells.
Caraway, B. (2011). Audience Labor in the New Media Environment: A Marxian Revisiting of the Audience Commodity. Media, Culture & Society, Volume 33, No. 5, 693-708.
Caraway, B. (2011). XXX Litigation: The Seedy Underworld of Copyright. FlowTV, Volume 14, http://flowtv.org/2011/09/xxx-litigation/
Castro, H., Alves, A. P., Serrão, C., & Caraway, B. (2010). A New Paradigm for Content Producers, IEEE Multimedia, vol. 17, no. 2, pp. 90-93, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/MMUL.2010.26
Caraway, B. (2010). Online Labor Markets: An Inquiry of oDesk Providers. Work, Organisation, Labour and Globalisation, Volume 4, Issue 2, 111-125, ed. by V. Mosco, C. McKercher, and U. Huws.
INF 2320 Remix Culture, Political Economy and Cultural Studies of Information, Critical Histories of ICTs
INF2243 Critical Histories of ICTs
INF2240 Political Economy and Cultural Studies of Information for the iSchool
In the News
Copyright and the Android Box injunction, CBC Radio; Online threats made against universities, The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star; Copyright and VPNs, canoe.ca; Social media app Yik Yak, The National; YouTube stars, The National; The sharing economy, The Hamilton Spectator
Marxian theory, economics, networked social movements, intellectual property, Internet law