Curriculum Vitae ~ Fenwick McKelvey

Contact Information

Department of Communication Studies

Academic Positions

Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Studies, Concordia University, July 2013 – Present
Visiting Scholar, Department of Communication, University of Washington, October 2012 – June 2013
Instructor, Department of Communication, University of Washington, October 2012 – June 2013
Postdoctoral Fellow, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, October 2012 – June 2013

Education

Doctor of Philosophy (2008-2012)
Ryerson University & York University, Toronto, ON
Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture
Dissertation Title: Internet Routing Algorithms, Transmission and Time: Toward a Concept of Transmissive Control
Supervisor: Dr. Greg Elmer
Dissertation Committee: Robert Latham, Barbara Crow and Darin Barney (external)
Funded by a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
Completed: 27 September 2012
Recipient of the C. Ravi Ravindran Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award for best yearly doctoral dissertation at Ryerson University.

Master of Arts (2006-2008)
Ryerson University & York University, Toronto, ON
Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture<
Thesis Title: The Code and Politics of The Pirate Bay and Drupal: Alternative Horizons of Web2.0
Supervisor: Dr. Greg Elmer
Thesis Committee: David Skinner and Judy Rebick

Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Multidisciplinary Studies with emphasis in Political Science and Spanish (2000-2004)
University of Kings College, Halifax, NS
Political Science Honours Thesis: The Potential for State Control of the Internet
Recipient of the James H. Aitchison Award (2004) for best undergraduate honours essay in Political Science.

Summary of Publications and Professional Contributions

First author in refereed journals (6)
Contributing author in books (1)
Contributing author in refereed journals (5)
Book chapters (2)
Contributing author in book chapters (2)
Contributing author in refereed conference proceedings (2)
Conference presentations (32)
Conference posters (1)
Invited talks (2)
Workshops and roundtables (6)
Non-refereed articles (4)

First author in refereed journals

McKelvey, F. (forthcoming). We Like Copies, Just Don’t Let the Others Fool You: The Paradox of The Pirate Bay. Television and New Media.

McKelvey, F., Tiessen, M. & Simcoe, L. (2015). A Consensual Hallucination No More? The Internet as Simulation Machine. European Journal of Cultural Studies. 18(4-5). 577-594.

McKelvey, F. (2014). Algorithmic Media Need Algorithmic Methods: Why Publics Matter. Canadian Journal Of Communication, 39(4). 597-613.

McKelvey, F. (2011). A Programmable Platform? Drupal, Modularity and the Future of the Web. Fibreculture, (18).

McKelvey, F. (2010). Ends and Ways: The Algorithmic Politics of Network Neutrality. Global Media Journal — Canadian Edition, 3(1). 51-73.

McKelvey, F. & O’Donnell, S. (2010), Out from the Edges: Multi-site Videoconferencing as a Public Sphere in First Nations. Journal of Community Informatics. 5(2)

Contributing Author in Books

Elmer, G., Langlois, G, & McKelvey, F. (2012). The Permanent Campaign: New Media, New Politics. New York: Peter Lang.

Contributing Author in Refereed Journals

McKelvey, F. & Beyer, J. L. (2015). You are Not Welcome Among Us: Pirates and the State. International Journal of Communication. 9. 890-908.

Langlois, G., McKelvey, F., Elmer, G, & Werbin, K. (2009). Mapping Commercial Web 2.0 Worlds: Towards a New Critical Ontogenesis. Fibreculture 14.

Langlois, G, Elmer, G., McKelvey, F., & Devereaux, Z. (2009). Networked Publics: the Double Articulation of Code and Politics on Facebook. Canadian Journal of Communication 34(3). pp. 415-434.

Elmer, G., Langlois, G., Devereaux, Z., Ryan, P. M., McKelvey, F., Redden, J., & Curlew, B. (2009). “Blogs I Read”: Partisanship and Party Loyalty in the Canadian Political Blogosphere. Journal of Information Technology & Politics, 6(2).

Elmer, G., Ryan, P. M., Devereaux, Z., Langlois, G., Redden, J., & McKelvey, F. (2007). Election Bloggers: Methods for Determining Political Influence. First Monday, 12(4).

Book Chapters

McKelvey, F. (2015). Openness Compromised? Questioning the Role of Openness in Digital Methods and Contemporary Critical Praxis. In G. Elmer, G. Langlois, & J. Redden (Eds.), Compromised Data: From Social Media to Big Data (pp. 126–146). New York, NY: Bloomsbury Academic.

McKelvey, F. (2011). Making Traffic Public: A Proposal for a Public Study of Internet Usage in Canada. In M. Moll & L. R. Shade (Eds.), The Internet Tree: The State of Telecom Policy in Canada 3.0 (pp. 143-152). Ottawa: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

Contributing Author in Book Chapters

Elmer, G., Langlois, G. & McKelvey, F. (2013). The Permanent Campaign: Online Political Communication. in K. Kozolanka (Ed.), Publicity and the Canadian State: Critical Communications Perspectives.(pp. 242-263). Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Langlois, G., McKelvey, F. & Elmer, G. (2011). Networked Publics: Methodological Reflections on the Double Articulation of Code and Politics on Facebook, in Oliver Leistert & Theo Röhle (Eds.), Generation Facebook: Über das Leben im Social Net (pp. 253-278). Bielefeld: transcript Verlag.

Conference Presentations

McKelvey, F. (2015). “Techniques of Internet Control: connecting, standardizing, mediating, securing and transmitting” as part of the panel: Speculation and Media Policy: The Work of Imagining as Policy Engagement. International Association for Media and Communication Research Annual Conference, July 11-16, Montreal, Canada.

McKelvey, F. (2015). “Media Demons: Media Policy for an Era of Intelligent Networks” as part of the panel: Speculation and Media Policy: The Work of Imagining as Policy Engagement. Canadian Communication Association Annual Conference, June 3-5, Ottawa, Canada.

McKelvey, F. (2015). “Synchronizing Humans and Machines: Early Computer Networks, ARPANET, and Non-synchronous Communication” as part of panel: “Crawling Horrors” in Contemporary Network Policy. Society for Cinema and Media Studies, March 25-March 29, Montreal, Canada.

Beyer, J. & McKelvey, F. (2014). “Peer-to-peer, Hacktivism, and the Network to Come” as part of panel: From the Middle East to the Million Man March: The Continuing Digital Revolution. American Political Science Association, August 28-29, Washington, United States.

McKelvey, F. (2014). “Media Demons: Algorithms, Routing and Internet Measurement” as part of panel: Apps, Algorithms and Platforms: Emerging Objects of Digital Journalism. Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, August 6-9, Montréal, Canada.

McKelvey, F. & Piebiak, J. (2014). “Coding Good Technologies for Winning Campaigns: The Political Campaign Software Industry” as part of panel: Digital Campaigning and Political Organizations. International Political Science Association, July 19-24, Montréal, Canada.

McKelvey, F. & Piebiak, J. (2014). “Porting the Good Campaign: American Campaign Management Software in Canada” as part of pre-conference on Qualitative Political Communication. International Communication Association, May 22-26, Seattle, United States.

McKelvey, F. (2013). “Toward a Definition of Public Internet Research: Reflections on Developing an Open Internet Measurement Platform in Canada” as part of the panel: Research, Publics and New Tools. Colloquium on Compromised Data? New paradigms in social media theory and methods, October 28-29, Toronto, Canada.

McKelvey, F. (2013). Participant in panel: Revisiting Engagement in an Age of Social Media. International Conference on Social Media & Society, September 14-15, Halifax, Canada.

McKelvey, F. (2013). “Buffering . . . . . . Subjectivities of temporal control on the Internet” as part of the Conditions of Premediation Preconference. International Communication Association Annual Conference, June 17, London, United Kingdom.

McKelvey, F. (2013). “We Like Copies, Just Don’t Let the Others Fool You: The Pirate Bay as a Political Platform” as part of the panel: Hackers, Cyberspaces and Heterotopias: Online Publics against a Managed Web. Canadian Communication Association Annual Conference, June 5-7, Victoria, Canada.

McKelvey, F. (2013). “Remembering Algorithmic Control by Reverse Engineering Internet Routing in Canada” as part of the panel: No Time to Pause: Temporalities of Digital Culture. Canadian Communication Association Annual Conference, June 5-7, Victoria, Canada.

McKelvey, F. (2012). “Coding ‘Good Technology’ for Winning Campaigns: Algorithms and the Aristotle 360 Campaign Management Software” as part of the panel: The Politics of Algorithms. Annual Conference of the Society for Social Studies of Science, October 17-20, Copenhagen, Denmark.

McKelvey, F. (2012). “Gaming the System: Algorithms, Antagonisms and Recursive Publics” as part of the panel: Media Demons? Theoretical Approaches to Algorithmic Media. Canadian Communication Association, May 30 – June 1, Kitchener-Waterloo, Canada.

McKelvey, F. (2012). “Where we want you to go today: algorithms, traffic management and the new persuasion” as part of the panel: A New Era of Strategic Communication? How new insights into decision-making, data mining and algorithms have changed persuasion. International Communication Association Annual Conference, May 24-28, Phoenix, United States.

Elmer, G., Langlois, G., & McKelvey, F. (2012). “The Permanent Campaign: New Media, New Politics” as part of the panel: Social Media and Elections in Canada. iConference, February 7-10, 2012, Toronto, Canada.

Also presented at the Annual Conference of the Atlantic Provinces Political Science Association, September 30 – October 2, Sackville, Canada.

McKelvey, F. (2011). “Inception Point: Questioning Internet Time” as part of the panel: Digital Content: Issues of Time, Aesthetics, and Materiality. Canadian Communication Association Annual Conference, June 1-3, Fredericton, Canada.

McKelvey, F. (2010). “No Time to Lose: The Fragmentation of Internet Time” as part of the Network Politics: Objects, Subjects and New Political Affects conference, October 22-23, Toronto, Canada.

McKelvey, F. (2010), “Power over packets? Internet Traffic Management and Digital Control” as part of the panel: Accounting for electoral equity (and technology). Atlantic Provinces Political Science Association, October 1-3, Toronto, Canada.

McKelvey, F. (2010). “Pattern (Mis)Recognition: Can the Pirate Bay Elude Transitive Control” as part of the panel: Emerging Tech and Media Theory. Canadian Communication Association Annual Conference, June 1-3, 2010, Montréal, Canada.

McKelvey, F. (2010). “Making Broadband Public” as part of the panel: Establishing a Connection with Telecom Policy. Making Media Public, Making Media Public: Global Crises, Local Opportunities, May 6–8, 2010, Toronto, Canada.

McKelvey, F. & O’Donnell, S. (2009). “Multisite Videoconferencing as a Public Sphere in First Nation Communities: A Case Study” as part of the panel: Deliberation, Political Engagement and Participation in the Public Sphere. Communicating for Social Impact, Annual Conference of the International Communication Association, Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile, May 21-25, 2009, Chicago, United States.

McKelvey, F. (2009). “Fair Copyright for Canada and Political Action on Facebook” as part of the panel: Networked Identity in Cyberspace: From the Cradle to the Grave. Canadian Communication Association Annual Conference, May 28-30, 2009, Ottawa, Canada

Revised Presentation at the Atlantic Provinces Political Science Association, October 2-4, 2009, Acadia University, Wolfville, Canada.

McKelvey, F. (2009). “A Nation of Pirates: The Geopoolitical Strategies of The Pirate Bay” as part of the panel: Navigating Ruptures in Digital Environments. Intersections 2009: Crisis. 8th Annual Critical & Creative Graduate Student Conference, March 20-22, 2009, Toronto, Canada.

Elmer, G., Curlew, A.B., & McKelvey, F. (2008). “Video Politics: Typologies of User-generated Content” as part of the panel: Engaging With YouTube: Methodologies, Practices, Publics. Communicating for Social Impact, Annual Conference of the International Communication Association, Le Centre Sheraton Hotel, May 22-26, 2008, Montréal, Canada.

O’Donnell, S., Beaton, B., & McKelvey, F. (2008). Videoconferencing and Sustainable Development for Remote and Rural First Nations in Canada. Proceedings of the Community Informatics Research Network (CIRN 08) Conference, Prato, Italy, October.

McKelvey, F. (2008). “Identifying Web-Spheres for YouTube Videos by Exploring Comment Network Mapping” as part of the panel: Analyzing YouTube: Multidisciplinary Approaches. Communicating for Social Impact, Annual Conference of the International Communication Association, Le Centre Sheraton Hotel, May 22-26, 2008, Montréal, Canada.

McKelvey, F. (2008). “The Software Politics of Web2.0 in/through Drupal” as part of the panel: Platforms, Power and Politics IV. Politics: Web 2.0: An International Conference. New Political Communication Unit, Department of Politics and International Relations, Royal Holloway, University of London, April 17-18, 2008, Egham, United Kingdom.

Langlois, G. & McKelvey, F. (2008). “Political Subjectivation and Issue Publics on Facebook” as part of the panel: Platforms, Power and Politics II. Politics: Web 2.0: An International Conference. New Political Communication Unit, Department of Politics and International Relations, Royal Holloway, University of London, April 17-18, 2008, Egham, United Kingdom.

McKelvey, F. & Devereaux, Z. (2008). “Post-Marxist without a Pause: Getting Actor-Network Theory to Jive with Post-Marxism” as part of the panel: Articulations of Theory. Intersections 2008: Negotiating the Liminal. Communication and Culture Annual Graduate Conference, March 14-16, 2008, Toronto, Canada.

McKelvey, F. (2007). “YouTube and Canada in Afghanistan” as part of the panel: Disaggregating the Infoscape: Understanding Web Formats. Internet Research 8.0: Let’s Play. Association of Internet Researchers Annual Conference, Oct 17-21, 2007, Vancouver, Canada.

Elmer, G., Ryan, P. M., Devereaux, Z., Langlois, G., Redden, J., & McKelvey, F. (2007) “Disaggregating Online News: The Canadian Federal Election, 2005-2006” as part of the panel: Mapping Code Politics: International Perspectives on Web Campaigning. Creating Communication: Content, Critique & Control. International Communication Association Annual Conference, May 23-28, 2007, San Francisco, USA.

Conference Posters

McKelvey, F. (2012). “Building Pandemonium: A Theoretical Approach to Control Over Internet Transmission” as part of the poster session in the Philosophy of Communication. International Communication Association Annual Conference, May 24-28, Phoenix, United States.

Invited Talks

McKelvey, F. (2013). “Reverse Engineering Algorithmic Media: Reflections on the Politics and Policy Implications of Software Embedded in Communication Networks.” Invited Talk for the Colloquia Series at the Department of Communication, 16 January 2013, University of Washington, Seattle, United States

McKelvey, F. (2013). “The Rise of Algorithmic Politics”. Invited Talk as part of the Campaign School Series at the Academy of the Impossible, 6 September 2012, Toronto, Canada

McKelvey, F. (2011). “Internet Infrastructure Control.” Invited Talk for Yale Information Society Project, March 23, 2011, Yale University, New Haven, United States.

McKelvey, F. (2010). “Approaches to Network Politics: Social Media and Internet Research.” Invited Talk for Département d’Information et de Communication, October 20, 2010, Laval University, Quebec City, Canada.

Workshops & Roundtables

McKelvey, F. (2015). Participant at “Algorithmic Transparency in the Media” hosted by Tow Center for Digital Journalism, Columbia University, March 27, New York, United States.

McKelvey, F. (2014). Participant at “Citizen Lab Summer Institute: Monitoring Internet Openness and Rights” hosted by University of Toronto, July 29 – August 1, Toronto, Canada.

McKelvey, F. (2014). Participant at “More than a Medium Workshop” hosted by Concordia University, May 2, Montreal, Canada.

McKelvey, F. (2013). Participant at “Data-Crunched Democracy Conference: Where Do We Go From Here?” hosted by Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania and School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, May 31, 2013, Philadelphia, United States.

McKelvey, F. (2012). Participant in workshop entitled “Network Surveillance: Access, Control, Transparency, Power and Circumvention in the 21st Century” as part of iConference, February 7-10, 2012, Toronto, Canada.

McKelvey, F. (2009). “From Governance to Governor: Traffic Shaping and the Control of Speed”. Deep Packet Inspection Roundtable, June 18, 2009, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada

Thelwall, M., Langlois, G., Elmer, G., McKelvey, F. (2009). “Web Analysis of Politics, Online Ideas, Discussions and Trends”. Fifth International Conference on e-Social Sciences, June 24-26, 2009, Maternushaus, Cologne, Germany.

Langlois, G., Elmer, G., McKelvey, F. (2009). “Politics Web 2.0: Research Methods and Tools”. Web 2.0 and Politics Research Method Workshop, February 19-20, 2009, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK.

Reports & Non-refereed Publications

McKelvey, F. (2015). Battling political machines: Coming to a riding near you! Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Monitor, 22(3), 38–39.

McKelvey, F. (2014). The Virtualities of Political Technology: Some Reflections about the Northstar Campaign System, post for Qualitative Political Communication Research.

Mckelvey, F., Tiessen, M. & Simcoe, L. (2013). We are What we Tweet: The Problem with a Big Data World when Everything You Say is Data Mined, post for Culture Digitally blog.

McKelvey, F., & Curlew, B. (2011). Canadian Culture in an Open Internet Age. In S. Anderson & R. Yeo (Eds.), Casting and Open Net: A Leading-Edge Approach to Canada’s Digital Future (pp. 85-101). OpenMedia.ca.

From 2006 to 2008, I participated in three research projects. Each project published weekly reports for the public and media. The list below details the projects’ authors, dates and topics.

Elmer, G, Langlois, G., McKelvey, F., Prior, E., Ryan, P. M., Devereaux, Z., Curlew, B. & Werbin, K. (September to October, 2008). Code Politics: Federal Election 2008. http://www.infoscapelab.ca/federalelection2008

Elmer, G., Ryan, P. M., Devereaux, Z., Langlois, G., Curlew, B., & McKelvey, F. (September to October, 2007). Code Politics: Ontario Election 2007. http://www.infoscapelab.ca/ontarioelection2007.

Elmer, G., Ryan, P. M., Devereaux, Z., Langlois, G., Redden, J., Curlew, B., Seko, Y. McKelvey, F. (March to June, 2007). Code Politics: Party Leaders and Partisans on YouTube. http://www.infoscapelab.ca/videopolitics.

Elmer, G., Ryan, P. M., Devereaux, Z., Langlois, G., Redden, J., & McKelvey, F. (September to November, 2006). Code Politics: Canadian Liberal Leadership Race 2006. http://www.infoscapelab.ca/gritrace.

Public & Media Appearances

I participated in a public discussion about digital identity with science fiction author William Gibson on 5 February 2015. The conversation was as part of participated in Thinking Out Loud Series organized by Concordia University, the Walrus Magazine and the Globe and Mail.

I have actively been a media commentator since 2013. I have appeared in numerous stories for outlets such as CBC News and the Montreal Gazette.

I appeared on the TVO’s Search Engine as part of its Pirate Radio episode on 23 April 2013.

During the 2011 Federal Election, I appeared on TVO’s The Agenda as a discussant on the ‘The “New” Politics’ episode on April 14, 2011.

For Code Politics: Federal Election 2008, the Infoscape Research Lab partnered with CBC and contributed content for the Ormiston Online segment. I appeared on CBC across discussing the project’s finding and I also appeared on CBC’s The National. This program was awarded a 2008 Gemini Award for Best Cross Platform Project.

For Code Politics: Ontario Election 2007, my work with the Infoscape Research Lab has been profiled on all the major Canadian TV networks (CBC, CTV, Globe, TVO), CBC Radio and in print in the Globe & Mail, the Toronto Star, the Hill Times, the Ottawa Citizen and the Toronto Sun.

For Code Politics: Canadian Liberal Leadership Race 2006, my work with the Infoscape Research Lab has been reported by The Toronto Star and The Winnipeg Free Press.

Funding

2014-2015, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Digging into Data, “Project Arclight: Analytics for the Study of 20th Century Media”, $204,066, Internal Co-Investigator (Dr. Charles Acland and Dr. Eric Hoyt, Primary Investigators).

Scholarships & Awards

C. Ravi Ravindran Outstanding Doctoral Thesis (2013) – Ryerson University. Monetary Value: $1,000.

Annual award given to best dissertation by a Ryerson student in all disciplines.

Postdoctoral Fellowship (2012-2014) – Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Monetary Value: $81,000

Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2012) (declined) – Government of Ontario. Monetary Value: $15,000

Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (2009-2012) – Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Monetary Value: $105,000

Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2009) (declined) – Government of Ontario. Monetary Value: $15,000

Ryerson Graduate Scholarship (2008-2009) – School of Graduate Studies, Ryerson University – Monetary Value: $20,000

Bell Globemedia Scholarship (2007-2008) – School of Graduate Studies, Ryerson University

Awarded to graduate students in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication and Culture who have an interest in leading-edge media research with a Canadian focus. Monetary Value: $5000.

Ryerson Graduate Award (2006-2007) – School of Graduate Studies, Ryerson University

An admissions award given to a student entering a graduate program at Ryerson University with a high academic achievement record. Monetary Value: $6000.

James H. Aitchison Award (2004) – Department of Political Science, Dalhousie University

An annual award in recognition of the best undergraduate honours essay in Political Science. Monetary Value: $400.