Jun
11
Tue
Towards a Public Service Internet: The Future of the Public Sphere and Digital Democracy? @ University of Westminster (Cavendish)
Jun 11 @ 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Towards a Public Service Internet: The Future of the Public Sphere and Digital Democracy? @ University of Westminster (Cavendish) | England | United Kingdom

What alternatives to the commercial Internet are desirable? How can a Public Service Internet be created and financed? What are the potentials of public service media in providing non-profit Internet platforms? How should public service Internet platforms look like and how should they differ from commercial ones? What are public service Internet platforms’ potentials to strengthen democracy? What is the role of citizens?

This workshop organised by the Policy Observatory of the Communication and Media Research Institute, University of Westminster, aims at bringing together academics, policy-makers, civil society and industry to exchange views on how to advance a public service Internet, the digital public sphere and digital democracy. The theme of the public service Internet has only received little public attention thus far but is of huge importance in the context of how we can best overcome fake news, algorithmic politics, filter bubbles, digital tabloid culture, online hatred and nationalism, high-speed superficial online communication, the digital monopolies of Google/YouTube, Facebook, Amazon. Apple, etc.

Confirmed speakers include:

Prof. Christian Fuchs, Director of CAMRI, University of Westminster;

Dr Rhianne Jones, Research Lead, the BBC Research and Development;

Dr Richard Burnley, Legal and Policy Director, the European Broadcasting Union;

More speakers to be confirmed

The debate will be chaired by Dr Maria Michalis, Reader, CAMRI, University of Westminster.

Venue: Room C1.18 (Pavilion), University of Westminster, 115 New Cavendish Street, Fitzrovia, London W1W 6UW.

Date and time:

11 June 2019

4:30pm – 6pm panel debate and discussion with the audience;

6pm – 7:30pm networking drinks reception.

We look forward to welcoming you at this event!

Jun
17
Mon
Securing Core Elements of Public Service Media in African, Arab and European countries @ University of Westminster (UG05)
Jun 17 @ 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Securing Core Elements of Public Service Media in African, Arab and European countries @ University of Westminster (UG05) | England | United Kingdom

Scarcity or inadequacy of public service media (PSM) frameworks is often linked to democratic deficits in transitional countries and beyond. What measures are needed to make the media serve all sections of society? PSM are by definition intended to meet the challenge of social and cultural diversity and political pluralism, in terms of content provision and coverage. In a period of political upheaval in several African countries, clampdowns on journalism in parts of the Arab world and recent rapid changes in demographics in Europe following large-scale forced migration, this event examines efforts and initiatives to support PSM in new environments and the obstacles they face. Bringing together academics, policy-makers, civil society and industry, this short workshop will reflect on specific examples of how and where models of PSM have contributed to media development in countries of the Global North and Global South. It will look in particular into:

  • Political changes in Zimbabwe, how they impacted upon the PSM dimension and the need for urgent reforms;
  • Openings in Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia and Lebanon that could increase the effectiveness of promoting PSM;
  • How PSM in Europe have responded to the information needs of young European-born children and those from outside Europe who have recently arrived.

Speakers:

Prof. Naomi Sakr, CAMRI Arab Media Centre, University of Westminster;

Dr Winston Mano, CAMRI Africa Media Centre, University of Westminster;

(More speakers to be confirmed)

Venue: Room UG05, University of Westminster, 309 Regent Street, W1B 2HW London

Date and Time:

17 June 2019

16:30 – 18:00 panel debate and discussion with the audience;

18:00 – 19:30 networking drinks reception.

We look forward to welcoming you to this event!