Our Privacy Matters!Youth, Identity and Online Sociability


Giuliana Cucinelli  (director, co-producer, writer)
Giuliana’s area of expertise is multiplatform production/transmedia, including video documentary, database documentary, websites, sound/audio, mobile media/locative media applications, live broadcast television, and graphic design. Additionally, her research examines digital citizenship, youth media production, and participatory media. She combines theory and practice in my scholarship —fostering interdisciplinary approaches to her own research, creation and instruction.

Currently, she is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Mobile Media Lab, co-located at the Department of Communication Studies at Concordia University, and Communication and Culture at York University working with Professor Kim Sawchuk and Professor Barbara Crow. Additionally, she is a Research Associate for The School of Communication at Simon Fraser University, working with Dr. Stuart Poynz and Dr. Michael Hoechsmann at Lakehead University.

Leslie Regan Shade (co-producer, writer, research consultant)
Leslie is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto in the Faculty of Information. Her research focus since the mid-1990s has been on the social, policy, and ethical aspects of information and communication technologies (ICTs), with particular concerns towards issues of gender, youth, and political economy. Her current research project is Young Canadians, Participatory Digital Culture and Policy Literacy.
Email: leslie.shade@utoronto.ca

Tamara Shepherd (research consultant)
Tamara received her PhD in the Joint Doctorate in Communication at Concordia University in Montréal, Canada. She has published and presented papers on aspects of labour, literacy, and rights in user-generated content and new media policy, from a feminist political economy perspective. Her dissertation is titled Persona Rights in Young People’s Labour of Online Cultural Production: Implications for New Media Policy (2012).

The Youth Creative Team:

AJ Korkidakis (infographics designer)
AJ is part filmmaker, part designer, part photographer & part marketer, or, in other words, undoubtedly a project of the digital age. (For simplicity, he tends to settle on the title “digital media artist). He loves making new things, is pretty geeky, and loves his beautiful city of Montreal.

Robert Lynch (videographer & lighting)
Robert Lynch is a production consultant, designer and full-time student residing in Montreal, Quebec.  Following his first exposure to documentary filmmaking via the National Film Board’s “Doc Shop” initiative in 2007, Robert devoted his academic and professional pursuits to the production industry. When he isn’t working towards the completion of his Communications degree at Concordia University, Robert finds himself co-ordinating the technical production and lighting design for over 50 private, corporate and celebrity events annually, while simultaneously running a performing-arts education program (the only one of its kind in Canada) for Quebec’s largest English language public school board.

Cynthia Wong (naBiorration recording, sound mix)
Cynthia Wong currently has experience in music production, sound designs for documentaries and films, mashups, and soundwalk compositions. Cynthia has recently graduated from Concordia University with a BA Specialization in Communication Studies and has had the experience of being a teaching and research assistant for the first years studying in the Sound production.


Bios of Featured Educators

Shanly Dixon is a digital media researcher who uses ethnographic methodologies to investigate young people’s engagement with digital culture. Her work explores transformations in play, sociality, surveillance and privacy. She received her PhD from Concordia University in 2011 with a thesis entitled, Digital Youth: Privacy, Identity, Play & Sociality in Everyday Spaces. She is the co-editor (with Sandra Weber) of Growing Up Online: Young People and Digital Technologies (Palgrave, 2010).  Shanly also works with community organizations to provide digital literacy education, and is currently developing a game to help young people think through issues surrounding privacy and ethics online.

Michael Hoechsmann is Associate Professor and Chair of Education Programs, Orillia Campus, Lakehead University. He is co-author with Bronwen Low of Reading Youth Writing: ‘New’ Literacies, Cultural Studies and Education (Peter Lang, 2008), and the former Director of Education of Young People’s Press, a youth-oriented non-profit news service. He is the co-author (with Stuart Poyntz) of Media Literacies: A Critical Introduction (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012).

Stuart Poyntz  is an Assistant Professor in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University. He is the former Director of Education at Pacific Cinémathèque, Western Canada’s leading film institute. Stuart’s research expertise includes children, youth and media cultures and theories of the public sphere. He is the President of the Association for Research in Cultures of Young People and along with Michael Hoechsmann, co-author of Media Literacies: A Critical Introduction (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012).

Hoechsmann and Poyntz are also collaborators on the SSHRC-funded project Youth Digital Media Ecologies in Canada.

Valerie Steeves is an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminology at the University of Ottawa in Ottawa, Canada. Her main area of research is in human rights and technology issues. Her current research focuses on children’s use of networked technologies, and emerging legal conceptions of health information privacy, She is a co-principal investigator (with Jane Bailey of the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law) on a SSHRC-funded project entitled The eGirls Project.  This project will explore the ways in which girls and young women incorporate digital media into their lives in an effort to allow them to better contribute to the critical analysis and policy debates regarding online social spaces. Val is an Associate Editor of Surveillance and Society and co-editor (with Ian Kerr and Carole Lucock) of Privacy, Identity and Anonymity in a Network World: Lessons from the Identity Trail (Oxford University Press, 2009).

Jane Tallim is the Co-Executive Director of MediaSmarts (formerly the Media Awareness Network). A former English Language Arts teacher, Jane first joined MediaSmarts in 1995. Jane has been involved in MNet’s ongoing research on Young Canadians in a Wired World since 2000 and has developed award-winning resources to help children and young people become thoughtful and engaged media consumers.

MediaSmarts has been developing digital and media literacy programs and resources for Canadian homes, schools and communities since 1996. Their work falls into three main areas: education, public awareness, and research and policy. Their latest report is Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Talking to Youth and Parents about Life Online (2012).