Dr. Vincent Mosco

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 he was Canada Research Chair in Communication and Society and head of the Department of Sociology. His research interests include the political economy of communication, the social impacts of information technology, and communication policy. Dr. Mosco is the author or editor of twenty-six books including The Digital Sublime (2004) and The Political Economy of Communication (2009). His To the Cloud: Big Data in a Turbulent World, was named a 2014 Outstanding Academic Title by Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries. It is the first in a trilogy on the social impacts of the Next Internet technologies. The second is Becoming Digital: Toward a Post-Internet Society, published by Emerald in November 2017 and the third is The Smart City in a Digital World, also published by Emerald, in 2019. Dr. Mosco was presented the 2019 C. Edwin Baker award for Outstanding Scholarship in Media, Markets, and Democracy by the International Communication Association. In 2020, The Smart City in a Digital World was named one of the best books to read about smart cities.

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.