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Infoscape Research Lab

Founded in 2005, the Infoscape Research Lab hosts research projects that focus on the cultural and political impact of digital media, particularly with regards to social media. The lab develops collaborative software based research tools and experimental research methods that seek to analyze content and use of new media platforms.The lab also supports research creation projects, including but not limited to documentary film. Former IRL research associates and post doctoral researchers now hold tenured faculty appointments at Concordia University, Wilfrid Laurier University, Western University, York University, and Ryerson University.


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Digital media theory & methods

Online disinformation & politics

Media scarce communities

Documentary film

Media financialization

Heritage Canada Disinformation grant (2019-2021), SSHRC Insight Grant 'Media scarcity' (2020-2024) 


Director of the Infoscape Research Lab

Greg Elmer - Director of the Infoscape Research Lab

Greg Elmer

Greg Elmer is Bell Media Research Chair, Professor of Professional Communication, and Director of the Infoscape Research Lab at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. Elmer is an internet researcher and documentary film maker whose work focuses on theories of surveillance, digital politics, and media financialization. He is currently writing book manuscripts on the history of new media financialization, media scarce communities, and online crowdfunding.

He is author of Profiling Machines: Mapping the Personal Information Economy (MIT Press: 2004) and with Andy Opel 'Preempting Dissent' (ARP Press: 2008), 'Infrastructure Critical' (with A. Renzi, ARP Press: 2012) and The Permanent Campaign: New Media New Politics (w/ G. Langlois & F. McKelvey, Peter Lang 2012) in addition to two other edited books, and a number of articles and book chapters. Elmer previously held faculty appointments in the Department of Communication at the University of Pittsburgh (1999–2000), Boston College (2000–2003), and Florida State University (2003–2004), in addition to visiting research fellowships at the London School of Economics, Goldsmiths College, Manchester University, Erasmus University, VKS-Amsterdam, and Yeungnam University. He is producer and director of three documentary films, including ‘The Canadian Delegation’ (2018), which screened at prestigious film festivals in Korea, South Africa, Canada and the Netherlands.