​Vincent Mosco (Ph.D. Harvard) is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Queen's University and Distinguished Professor of Communication, New Media Centre, Fudan University, Shanghai. At Queen's, Dr. Mosco held the Canada Research Chair in Communication and Society. His research interests include the political economy of communication, the social impacts of information technology, and the future of cities. 

Dr. Mosco is author or editor of twenty-six books including The Digital Sublime (MIT, 2004) and The Political Economy of Communication (Sage, 2009). His 2014 To the Cloud (Routledge) is the first in a trilogy on the social impacts of new technologies. The second is Becoming Digital: Toward a Post-Internet Society (Emerald, 2017), which addressed the convergence of cloud computing, big data analytics, and the internet of things. The third is the 2019 The Smart City in a Digital World (Emerald), which takes up the political economic and cultural significance of the global movement to apply advanced technologies to manage and govern urban regions. Dr. Mosco’s participation in research groups in Brazil and in China led to the publication in 2019 of two research collections to which he contributed and which he co-edited.

Dr. Mosco serves on the editorial boards of academic journals throughout the world and has held research positions in the U.S. government with the White House Office of Telecommunication Policy, the National Research Council and the U.S. Congress Office of Technology Assessment and in Canada with the Ministry of Communication. A founding member of the Union for Democratic Communication, Dr. Mosco has also chaired the Political Economy section of the International Association for Media and Communication Research and was a research associate with the Harvard Program on Information Resources Policy. In addition, he has served as a consultant to trade unions and worker organizations in Canada and the United States. 

In 2004 Dr. Mosco received the Dallas W. Smythe Award for outstanding achievement in communication research. The Digital Sublime won the 2005 Olson Award for outstanding book in the field of rhetoric and cultural studies. In 2014 the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication honoured Dr. Mosco and his partner in life and in research, Dr. Catherine McKercher, with the Professional Freedom and Responsibility Award for achievement and leadership in research and activism. In 2019 Dr. Mosco was given the C. Edwin Baker award for outstanding scholarship in media, markets, and democracy from the International Communication Association.​

What's New:

NEW BOOK: The Smart City in a Digital World. London: Emerald, 2019. https://bit.ly/2TRs2iS

NEW BOOK: Critical Communication Research: Western Perspectives, edited with Cao Jin, was published by the Shanghai Translation Publishing House, 2019.

NEW BOOK: The Political Economy of Journalism: New (and old) Logics of Production and Consumption​, edited with Jacqueline Dorado, Denise Lopes, Juliana Teixeira and Renan Marques,   Teresina: EDUFPI. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07V9SQTMW/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_dp_U_IZGlDbGHGPCER, 2019.

Review of The Smart City in a Digital World ​in International Journal of Urban and Regional Research​, Vol. 44, Issue 1, January, 2020 https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/1468-2427.12883

The Smart City in a Digital World was named one of the best books to read about Smart Cities in 2020, January, 2020 ​https://bookauthority.org/books/new-smart-cities-books

Completed the preface to the Chinese language edition of The Smart City in a Digital World to be published in Shanghai by Truth and Wisdom Press and translated by Sisu Xu of Fudan University, January 2020.

​NEW PUBLICATION: “The Laboring of Artificial Intelligence: A Review,” IEEE Technology and Society, December, 2019, pp.11-13.

“Humans at the Centre of Smart Cities,” in Crisis Response Journal, 4(4), October, 2019, pp.66-69.


"The World's Cities are Becoming Singapore," in Coda, interview with Vincent Mosco and overview of my book The Smart City in a Digital World, September 2019. https://codastory.com/authoritarian-tech/at-newsletter/the-worlds-cities-are-becoming-singapore/

"A Smart City does not have to become a Surveillance City, but it requires a strong public commitment to privacy rights," BBC Science Focus​, September 2019.


Publication of the Hungarian language edition of The Smart City in a Digital World, Budapest: Pallas Athene Books, September 2019.

Review of The Smart City in a Digital World         https://www.iotglobalnetwork.com/iotdir/2019/08/29/the-smart-city-in-a-digital-world-20852/
September 2019

My article on smart city surveillance for BBC Science Focus https://www.sciencefocus.com/future-technology/a-smart-city-does-not-have-to-become-a-surveillance-city-but-it-requires-a-strong-public-commitment-to-privacy-rights/​, September 26, 2019

My interview with Professor Rafael Grohmann, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil on Smart Cities and the Next Internet (in Portuguese), August 2019, https://mailchi.mp/uol/digilabour-27-smart-cities-e-iot

The Smart City in a Digital World will be published in a Chinese language edition by Truth and Wisdom Press in Shanghai, August 2019.

What Makes a City Smart? A short blog post for the University of Vienna based on my forthcoming book The Smart City in a Digital World https://univiennamedialab.wordpress.com/2019/06/16/what-makes-a-city-smart/

​Accepted for publication:  "The History of the Internet under Surveillance Capitalism," forthcoming in Science as Culture, May, 2019.

Accepted for publication "The Laboring of Artificial Intelligence: A Review," forthcoming in IEEE Technology and Society, March 2019.

​New publication: “New Media: The Next Internet,” in Political Economy of Journalism: New (and old) Logics of Production and Consumption, ed. Jacqueline Lima Dourado, Vincent Mosco, Denise Maria Moura da Silva Lopes, Juliana Fernandes Teixeira, and Renan da Silva Marques, Teresina, Brazil : EDUFPI, 2018, pp.265-282.

​My interview in the Progressive Post on Data vs. Democracy, https://progressivepost.eu/publications/issue-11, March, 2019

In response to an inquiry about Herbert Schiller, I posted this memorial, which I wrote shortly after his death in 2000.​

New publication: “Social Media vs. Journalism and Democracy,” Journalism, Special 20th Anniversary issue of the journal, Vol. 20(1) 181–184, 2019.

New publication:  “Labour and the Next Internet,” in Making Media: Production, Practices, and Professions​, ed. by Mark Deuze and Mirjam Prenger,  Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, pp. 259-271, December 2018.


Dr. Vincent Mosco