March 25-26, 2019


The Platform Economy and the Future of the City

A meeting at our City Hall

The two-day convening will explore innovative policy, organizing and legal strategies to ensure that the costs and benefits of gig jobs and new platform technologies are equitably shared by all who are impacted. Organizers, academics, lawyers and policy leaders engaged in local, regional, and international efforts will debate and enlighten.  Panels and workshops will allow participants to learn directly from those involved and provide ample time to explore the lessons learned. Proposals shall be forged about future directions and collaborations and smart innovative approaches that the city and region can take to help regulate our own gig economy.  Throughout the convening we expect to organize opportunities for invited guests to have conversations with workers, organizers and others outside of the panels and workshops themselves. For the full agenda and to RSVP click here.


Annenberg School for Communication, Room 110

Confronting Inequality: Reimagining the Future of Journalism and Work



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MIC has received a Philadelphia News Ecosystem Collaboration Grant from the Lenfest Institute for Journalism. Read more here.

MIC Co-Directors Victor Pickard and Todd Wolfson pen new essay in Media Theory discussing Edward S. Herman’s antifascist intellectual roots, his media criticism and his activism in Philadelphia.

Radical Interventions: Ed Herman’s Intellectual Roots and Activism within the Political Economic Tradition

MIC Co-Director Victor Pickard and Annenberg PhD Candidate Pawel Popiel author a new report for the Benton Foundation on FCC Commissioner Michael Copps and his ‘Media Democracy Agenda.’ Read the piece here, with foreword by former FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn.

The Media Democracy Agenda: The Strategy and Legacy of FCC Commissioner Michael J. Copps


New Article out! Read: The Strange Life and Death of the Fairness Doctrine: Tracing the Decline of Positive Freedoms in American Policy Discourse, a new article by MIC Co-Director Victor Pickard in the International Journal of Communication.

Dr. Victor Pickard pens article in The Nation, calling for a new social contract with Internet giants like Facebook and a broader, bolder vision for what Facebook owes society in return for the incredible power it’s been allowed to accumulate. Read it here.