Leslie Regan Shade

Professor, Associate Dean, Research

Leslie Regan Shade

Professor, Associate Dean, Research
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Leslie Regan Shade’s research focus since the mid-1990’s has been on the social and policy aspects of information and communication technologies (ICTs), with particular concerns towards issues of gender, youth and political economy. Her research promotes the notion of the public interest in ICT policy; publications, community outreach and student supervision have as their goal the promotion of a wider popular discourse on information and communication policy issues and media reform in Canada and internationally for a diverse public and policy audience. This includes an ongoing commitment to building participatory scholar-activist networks.

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Arguing that policymakers need to think critically – and creatively – about developing digital literacy skills that consider children and young people as valid and active citizens, particularly those focusing on the authenticity and prevalence of commercial content, raising awareness of privacy rights, and copyright education, Shade’s recently completed SSHRC-funded research is titled Young Canadians, Participatory Digital Culture and Policy Literacy.

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Current research projects as a co-investigator include:

Geothink: How the Geospatial Web 2.0 is Reshaping Government-Citizen Interactions is a five- year (2012-2017) SSHRC partnership examining the implications of locational information, such as the geoweb, on how citizens and governments interact and the way in which technology shapes, and is shaped by, these exchanges. PI: Renee Sieber, McGill. See http://geothink.ca

The eQuality Project (2015-2022), a seven-year SSHRC partnership whose goals are to inform digital economy policies, especially privacy, and reinvigorate the cyberbullying debate by identifying evidence-based policies that promote healthy relationships and respect for equality online. The partnership will: create new knowledge about commercial data practices and their impact on youth, by mapping out how online and mobile information infrastructures combine with social norms to expose young Canadians to discrimination and cyberbullying; and, create new knowledge about the ways in which diverse groups of young people conceptualize privacy and the potential for equality in networked spaces. PI: Valerie Steeves, U Ottawa. See http://www.equalityproject.ca.

Opening the Door on Digital Privacy: Practices, Policies, & Pedagogies (2016-2019) is a SSHRC Insight Grant whose collaborative research agenda will examine the relationship between young adults (18-24 year olds) and digital privacy, interrogating how young adults negotiate with digital privacy policies. PI: Mark Lipton, U Guelph Project website in development: http://privacystories.ca

City as Platform: Smart Cities and Civic Engagement in the Data Society (2018-2021) is a SSHRC Insight Grant which investigates the relationship between modalities of civic engagement and the development of networked smart technology across global cities (London, NYC, Toronto). PI: Beth Coleman, U Waterloo

Clicking to Cope?  The Influence of ICTs on the Resilience, Social Support and School Engagement of Canada’s Sexual and Gender Minority Youth (2015-2018), is a SSHRC Insight Grant which aims to contribute to an understanding of the influence of digital technologies on SGMY, extend knowledge of resilience and minority stress theory, and provide strategies to enhance SGMYs resilience and academic performance through policy and practice innovations. PI: Shelly Craig U of Toronto. Project website: http://www.projectqueery.org.

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