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Professor Hopeton Dunn to Present Washington Lecture

CARIMAC Director and Chairman of the Broadcasting Commission Professor Hopeton Dunn, will present a public lecture on ‘50 years of Jamaican Media’ at the invitation of the Embassy of Jamaica in Washington DC, USA. The event takes place on Thursday, June 13, 2013, to a gathering of Jamaican nationals and special guests at the Embassy.

The lecture entitled, “Fifty years of Media in Jamaica: Impact, Challenges, and the Future”, will provide an analysis of media during Jamaica’s first 5 decades since independence, and will examine the future of Jamaican media and public policy, in the era of globalization and digital technology.

The lecture will also mark the Washington launch of the recent publication, “Ringtones of Opportunity: Policy, Technology and Access in Caribbean Communications”, edited by Professor Dunn and published by Ian Randle Publishers. The book explores the challenges faced by Jamaica and the Caribbean since the liberalization of the telecommunications sector and the opportunities presented by digital and next generation networks. Its contributors examine such issues as e-agriculture, mobile banking, eLearning, Cyber security, teleworking, and the legal and regulatory issues involved in these new methods of work.

Professor Dunn is a leading scholar in research and policy-making for media, telecommunications and ICTs. He is Professor of Communications Policy and Digital Media in the Faculty of Social Sciences at The University of the West Indies Mona Campus. He is also Director of the Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication (CARIMAC) and Director of The Mona ICT Policy Centre, UWI.

He is Chairman of the Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica and the immediate past Secretary General of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), which brings together scholars from over 180 universities working in the field of communications policy and technology.

The lecture and book launch will be hosted by the Jamaican High Commissioner to the USA, Ambassador Stephen Vasciannie.

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