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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
October 22, 2014
Canadian Excellence

Dr. Martin Dowding

Assistant Professor

Contact Information
Phone: 519-884-1970 ext.2368

Office Location: DAWB 3-136
Office Hours: W14: Mondays 4:00 - 5:00pm
Languages Spoken


Academic Background
Martin Dowding received his B.A. in English Literature from Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario. He completed an M.A. in English Language and Literature at York University and an M.L.S. at the University of Toronto. He was awarded the Ph.D. in Information Studies at the University of Toronto in March 2002.

Research & Scholarship
I am concerned about the concepts of Universal Service (as a Telecommunications issue) and Universal Access to information (as a social justice issue) and how they are guaranteed (or not) by social, legislative, and regulatory means. My research involves the ways in which countries such as Canada, the U.S., and Mexico are deploying their National Information Infrastructures (including the Internet, radio, TV, and telecom) currently and since the development of international agreements such as NWICO, NAFTA, and WSIS. Over the past several years I have been involved in related projects with scholars from the U.S. and Mexico. Within that context I am also deeply concerned about the erosion of privacy that has occurred since the advent of advanced Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs).