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Two Master of Public Policy in Digital Society Students have been awarded Graduate Residency in Digital Scholarship

MPP-DS students Gloria Park and Angelo Mateo have been selected to participate in the 2021 Graduate Residency program, part of the Lewis & Ruth Sherman Centre for Digital Scholarship.

Jul 09, 2021

Gloria and Angelo, along with others selected as part of the Sherman Graduate Residency, will each complete a research project on topics which surround digital scholarship. They will incorporate methodological approaches and theoretical frameworks that encompass what it means to ‘do’ digital.

Students will engage in bi-weekly meetings and interdisciplinary dialogue with the Sherman Centre’s staff, other library units and beyond to support their research and encourage opportunities for collaboration. Project updates and findings will be showcased on the Sherman Centre Blog

"The Sherman Centre is thrilled to be able to support these critical research projects. We look forward to working closely with the students so they can leverage and make the most out of this opportunity. The projects focus on timely and critical topics and ask the most important questions which will effectively address complex social, political and economic challenges that have accompanied the digital age." Andrea Zeffiro - Academic Director, Lewis & Ruth Sherman Centre for Digital Scholarship.

Gloria’s proposed research, made possible through the Graduate Residency, will explore how technology, social media and policy intersect, focusing on the growing need for policies around data collection, privacy and social media. She aims to study social media users comfort levels and lack of awareness surrounding the collection of personal information by applying a mixed methods approach to collect, analyze and present findings.

Angelo will use this unique opportunity to investigate whether Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada; the Immigration and Refugee Board; and Canada Boarder Services Agency are using or plan to use private social media in immigration application decision making or enforcement. By exploring the current use of public social media data, such as posts that do not have any privacy restrictions, Angelo raises the important question which surrounds whether immigration and boarder agencies are able to access private social media posts and their related metadata, if they work with social media companies to access this data, and how the information is being used by these agencies.