Dr. Efrat Daskal

Dr. Efrat Daskal
For four years, I worked as the assistant to the ombudsman of the SATR (the regulatory body of the commercial television and radio channels in Israel). Working there gave me a deep understanding of how issues of media policy influence our everyday life and that is why I chose media policy as my research field. Within this framework, I focus especially on the role citizens and civil society organizations can have in shaping and influencing media policy. Thus, in my Ph.D. dissertation, I analyzed how public complaints can trigger processes of media accountability within media organizations and demonstrated the conditions under which citizens can force media organizations to change their conduct.

I gradually became interested not only in issues of media policy regarding traditional media outlets, but also in the challenges of applying regulatory policy to the internet. That led me first to participate in several international courses dealing with that issue and second, to spend one year as a visiting scholar at the Center for Global Communication Studies at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. There I begin specializing in the area of internet governance and digital rights advocacy, which is the topic of my post-doc research this year (2015-2016) as a research fellow at the Open University and next year (2016-2017) as a Lady Davis research fellow