Amit Schejter

Telecommunications

Amit Schejter

Co-Director of the Institute for Information Policy / Visiting Professor

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Expertise

  • Communication Policy
  • International Communications
  • Telecommunications Regulation
  • Media Law

Education

  • Ph.D.: Rutgers University
  • Master's: Boston University
  • LI.B.: Hebrew University

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Biography

Amit Schejter’s research focuses on regulatory responses to the introduction of new technologies and their effect on the public interest; minority rights; the unequal distribution of communication resources, and the silencing of the public's voice, in particular that of members of marginalized communities.

He is the author or editor of 6 books and more than 50 journal articles, law reviews and book chapters in five languages and has been cited in congressional and Knesset hearings. Critics have described his books as deserving of “high praise for their energetic and creative investigation,” as “must-read for policy makers, educators, industry leaders and others interested in bringing U.S. communications into the 21st century,” and as “display[ing] enviable intellectual courage.

He has been invited to present his work accross the globe, including at the universities of Amsterdam, Hamburg, Texas and Helsinki, at the Central European University (Budapest) and at the National Chengchi University (Taipei). His research has been supported, among others, by the Ford Foundation, the Media Democracy Fund, the European Union Marie Curie FP-7 Program, and the Social Science Research Council. In 2007, he earned the Deans' Excellence Award for Integrated Scholarship. In 2010-11 he was a Mundus Journalism scholar, in 2011-12 a Distinguished Honors Faculty member at Penn State, and in 2015 a Paterno Fellows Program Visiting Scholar.

He held senior executive positions in the media and telecommunications industry in Israel, served on and chaired a variety of public committees, and counseled media and telecommunication entities in Israel and the Palestinian Authority and most recently (2014) he headed a national task force on the future of audiovisual services in Israel. He is co-founding editor of the Journal of Information Policy.

Schejter is currently serving as professor and head of the department of communication studies at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel and as a member of the scientific management board of the Learning in a NetworKed Society (LINKS) Israeli Center of Research Excellence (ICORE).

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Publications

Schejter, A. & Tirosh, N. (forthcoming, 2016). A Justice-Based Approach for New Media Policy: In the Paths of Righteousness. London: Palgrave-McMillan

Schejter, A. & Tirosh, N. (2016) Audiovisual regulation transition in Israel: A view from within. International Journal of Digital Television 7(1), 39-63.

Schejter, A. & Yemini, M. (2015). Media concentration in Israel. In: Noam, E. (ed.) Who Owns the World's Media? Media Concentration and Ownership around the World. (pp. 942-984). New York & Oxford: Oxford University Press

Contact

Amit Schejter
314C Willard Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-865-3717
schejter@gmail.com