new media

Date: Thursday 11 June

Time: 1:30-5:30pm

Location: St Cross College, Oxford

On Thursday, 11 June 2015, the Oxford Food Governance Group will convene an afternoon workshop entitled ‘Food Systems Advocacy: From Platforms to Policy‘.

The workshop presentations will examine the case studies that comprise our current project, with particular emphasis on the advocacy practices that characterize each of the ICT platforms we study, and the policy implications they may hold. Highlighting emerging modes of consumer mobilization and action, the workshop will foster discussion on the project’s potential impact.

The workshop will take place at the St Cross Room, St Cross College, Oxford, 1:30-5:30pm.

Registration is essential; please RSVP by 4 June at: http://goo.gl/forms/J7TISWHHDA. You will receive an email message to confirm your place by 5 June.

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By Tanja Schneider.

As part of our new research into ‘Emerging forms of food consumer behaviour and food governance’ supported by the Oxford Martin Future of Food Programme, we are exploring what kinds of information and communication technologies are available to assist consumers in gathering and exchanging knowledge on a broad spectrum of food issues. We are particularly interested in learning more about consumers’ use of mobile phone apps, online consumer organisations and databases and other websites that provide information on food content, price, availability etc. Related to this, some of you may have seen our invitation to participate in a short online survey to share with us what about food matters most to you and how you go about finding out relevant information with or without the use of new ICTs.

Based on the information you provided in the survey (we are still looking for more participants!) and our own mapping of potential ICT-enabled sources of food information, we recently have become interested in a number of mobile apps, how they work, what they allow consumers to do and for whom these might be of interest and relevance. So one of our OFG team, Tanja, set out to test some apps in her everyday consumer life, took notes and offered to report back her experiences to the group. We decided to share her report with our blog readers for further discussion, thoughts and reflections.

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This study will examine ways in which new media shape consumer activism and food governance.

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