Research and Industry Projects

This page lists the different projects that are associated with KMDI-Semaphore, providing a general picture of the body of work conducted at KMDI-Semaphore.

Centivizer – U of T spin-off startup

Centivizer is a spin-off company from the Interactive Media Lab at University of Toronto, founded by Prof. Mark Chignell, former director of KMDI.
You can learn more by visiting Centivizer’s website:

The Platform Power & Politics Project ( by Prof. David Nieborg)

Social media platforms

This project discusses the relentless, decade-long growth of platform companies (Facebook, Apple, Google and Amazon), now among the highest valued businesses in the world. Drawing on economics, media studies, and software studies, we are looking for ways to reframe platform power and analyze its impact. Our main interest are the complexities of global digital dominance and the infrastructural ambitions of platform operators. Our case studies include app stores, platform software and tools, platform-dependent modes of cultural production, and digital practices that challenge platform governance, such as gambling and porn. We are considerate of the global dimension of platform power and include both Western and non-Western, particularly Chinese platform companies.

Sensory Information Processing Lab

Critical Making Lab

Critical Games Lab