Joseph F. Turcotte, PhD

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Joseph F. Turcotte is a PhD Candidate in the Communication & Culture Program (Politics & Policy) at York University. His research focuses on the role of knowledge, information, data, and intellectual property in the functioning of knowledge-based and digital economies. His work examines issues including the human and economic development impacts of intellectual property and knowledge management practices, the current and future impacts of informational capitalist business processes, concerns relating to access to knowledge (A2K), and attempts to bridge the ‘digital divide’.

He is currently a Special Contributor to the IPilogue, an online review focused on intellectual property and technology law coordinated by IP Osgoode at Osgoode Hall Law School. He is also a founding member of The Communications Policy Working Group. The CPWG is a non-partisan, student-run initiative of the York & Ryerson Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture (Politics & Policy stream). He has received federal, provincial, institutional, and private-sector awards including a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship (2012-14) and  a Nathanson Graduate Fellowship (2013-14) at the Jack & Mae Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime and Security.

He is currently a course director for COMN4201: IP* and the Digital, Knowledge-based Economy and a Research Assistant with Professor Lisa Philipps‘  Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) funded project “Legal Frameworks for Work Integrated Learning: The Role of Law in Promoting Expansion of Quality WIL Programs”. Since 2010, he has assisted Professor Rosemary J. Coombe (Canada Research Chair in Law, Communication and Culture) as a Research/Graduate Assistant. He also works as a researcher and consultant.

Previously he has been a research assistant at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), an instructional assistant with the Communication Studies department at Wilfrid Laurier University and the Communication Coordinator for the Canadian International Council: Waterloo Region Branch.

He completed his Master of Arts degree in Communications Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University (2008) and a combined honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies and Philosophy at the same school (2007). His MA major research paper was entitled, “Apple’s iPod: The Postmodern Cultural Artifact”.

Note: The opinions expressed on this page as well as my Twitter account are my own and do not reflect those of the organizations that I work for.

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