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FoME Symposium 2019

Rethinking media development - New actors, new technologies and new strategies

The ECPMF together with n-ost and the lead organisers DW Akademie and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung are pleased to invite you to the 2019 FoME Symposium held November 7-8, 2019 in Bonn at Deutsche Welle’s headquarters. "Rethinking media development – New actors, new technologies and new strategies" is the focus of this year's symposium and explores the future for media development in the new information ecosystem.

7-8 November, 2019

Deutsche Welle, Kurt-Schumacher-Straße 3, 53113 Bonn

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Social media platforms have created a complex information ecosystem that is both a blessing and a curse for free and independent media outlets. On the one hand, digital technologies have created unprecedented opportunities for reporting and distributing journalistic content and for many, digital innovations hold enormous potential to reshape the media landscape. At the same time, however, in an age of misinformation and disinformation, traditional media outlets are increasingly under threat as members of populist movements use digital spaces to attack their credibility. As their traditional business models fail, free and independent media outlets are now struggling to survive.

The digital revolution has also radically altered the way we communicate. This means the media development community also has to discuss, rethink and if necessary redefine its strategy to better serve the ideals of freedom of information and free speech in the digital era. The 2019 FoME Symposium brings together journalists, media managers, media development specialists, activists, academics and representatives from government, civil society and private companies from around the world to exchange their views on this topic.

Core questions at the symposium are:

· How can media development succeed in this changing information ecosystem?  
· What are the most pressing challenges?  What new approaches look promising?
· How should media development projects work with new innovative players?
· What are positive examples of cooperation with start-ups/innovation hubs? How do tech companies like Facebook, Google and the like come into play?
· How are media development organisations preparing for these changes?
· What are their new strategic priorities?
· What are the most important future issues for media development?


The event offers expert input in the form of speeches, short lightning talks, panel discussions, workshops and exciting interactive formats (Buzzword Check, Marketplace of Ideas). Organisations contributing with sessions include CIMA, DW Akademie, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, ECPMF, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), icebauhaus, n-ost, Reporter ohne Grenzen and Tea after Twelve.

The ECPMF will hold a panel in cooperation with n-ost on:

Dissemination strategies for journalism in captured environments: cross-border alliances and 'dark social'. More info follows!

Other topics include
· Innovate or die: The scramble for new funding schemes in media
· Surveillance laws in times of technological innovation: How to better protect journalistic sources
· Data Journalism: A win/benefit/gain for citizens and democracy?
· New strategies in development communication. Focusing on solutions instead of crisis reporting
· Artificial Intelligence and (media) development: Challenges and opportunities for human rights and inclusive innovation
· Artificial Intelligence gone wrong: What if highly automated systems make mistakes and journalists are censored on social media due to fully automated systems without an effective way to appeal?
· Media Technologies for a Translocal Citizenship: VR, AR and Digital Storytelling
· Networked Solutions: Why voices from the Global South are essential  to facing the tech challenge
· From AI to blockchain, through innovation and digitalization: What is the real relevance of these buzzwords for media development
· Changing journalistic roles in a changing media world?
· Why internet governance matters for journalism? Providing policy and advocacy for journalism and news media sustainability in the digital age.
· Building MIL Momentum: Using old tricks to innovate.´
· The whole picture: How constructive journalism widens the perspective


Among the impressive line-up of speakers are:
Payal Arora (Erasmus University Rotterdam) - Keynote Speaker
Catherine Gicheru (Code4Africa)
Ivan Sigal (Executive Director Global Voices)
Indra de Lanerolle (Jamlab Africa)
Saad Akhtar Chinoy (Tusitala)
Paula Hidalgo-Sanchis (UN Global Pulse)
Sabine Dolan, San Francisco Office Director at Reporters Without Borders
Daniel O`Maley (CIMA)
Tiny Mungwe (Steps)
Mira Milosevic (GFMD)
Tara Susman-Peña (IREX)
Rishad Patel (The Splice Newsroom)
Josh LaPorte (European Journalism Center)
Amel Saidane (Digital Arabia)
Josef Slerka, Charles University, Prague 
Rachel Sibande (mHub) 
...and many more.

The event will be moderated by Edith Kimani (Deutsche Welle)

Be part of the in-depth, interactive and inspiring conversations at the FoME Symposium 2019!

Please register here as soon as you can, we have only limited availabilities.

Conference fee: 90.00€ including lunch and evening reception.

Speakers are registered by the organisers!

Click on FoME's website (https://fome.info/symposium-2019) for more details, including location, directions, public transport, hotels and continually updated additional information. There will be a preliminary programme soon.

You can contact: fome2019@dw.com or press@ecpmf.eu.

Practical information:
Venue: Deutsche Welle, Kurt-Schumacher-Strasse 3, 53113 Bonn, Germany: How to get there

Hotels with special rates for FoME 2019

DERAG Hotel Kanzler (10 min walk from the venue)
Business: 109.00€/night, incl. breakfast; FoME discount code: 1419065/1
Appartment de Luxe: 139.00€/night incl. breakfast; FoME discount code: 1419065/2
Reservations for FoME valid until September 24th, please make your booking accordingly

INTERCITY Hotel Bonn / close to the main station / 15 min walk from the venue
Standard room 88.00€/night incl. breakfast; FoME discount code: GDEU191106

 

We look forward to seeing you in Bonn!


SAVE THE DATE: 7-8 November, 2019

Deutsche Welle, Kurt-Schumacher-Straße 3, 53113 Bonn


The digital revolution has radically altered the ways in which we communicate with each other and gather information. Social media platforms have created a complex information ecosystem that is both a blessing and a curse for free and independent media outlets. Digital technologies have created unprecedented opportunities for reporting and distributing journalistic content. For many, digital innovations hold enormous potential to remake the media landscape. At the same time, in this new age of misinformation and disinformation, traditional media outlets are increasingly under threat, as members of populist movements attack their credibility in digital spaces. With the destruction of their traditional business models, free and independent media outlets are now struggling to survive. The digital revolution is far from over: Driven by technological innovation, it appears to be accelerating.

• How can media development succeed in this context?
• What are the most pressing challenges?
• What new approaches look promising?
• Where should media development be innovating?
• Where should it focus on continuity?

 

The 2019 FoME Symposium aims to rethink media development from three different perspectives:

New actors:
In the era of the network society, the media has lost its position as gatekeeper, making way for a huge number of new players. These new actors have begun to influence freedom of expression in the digital space, for good and for ill. In a network society, a variety of players perform the basic functions of journalism.
• From open-data initiatives to media start-ups: What innovative players are currently active? How should media development projects work with them?
• What are positive examples of cooperation with start-ups/innovation hubs? Do they improve the impact of media development projects?
• How do tech companies like Facebook, Google and the like come into play? Are they relevant cooperation partners for media development?
• What attitude should the media development community have towards the big tech companies?

New technologies:
In the 21st century, digital technologies have become one of the main drivers of social change – but new technologies have become a double-edged sword. On the one hand, we have come to believe in the enormous potential of digital innovations. On the other, the use of digital technologies, especially in the context of development work, can cause unintended consequences and engender great risks (including the increased vulnerability of technical infrastructure, issues with data protection, etc.).
• Within media development, where has the use of digital technologies made the greatest impact? Where has the application of digital tools made the work more efficient?
• How much of digital innovation is positive, how much of it is negative? When is innovation harmful?
• What are the potential risks and rewards of the latest media development technologies (such as artificial intelligence or blockchain)?

New strategies, new issues:
‘Same old, same old’ is not good enough anymore: Media development organizations need to adapt to new times, update their strategies and open themselves up to new issues.
• How have media development organizations prepared for these changes? What are the new strategic priorities?
• How does media development create opportunities for collaborative action and learning? Does the media development community need better cooperation? (Do we need a Mediadev Lab as proposed by BBC Media Action)?
• What are the issues of the future for media development?
• What is the value of new ways of funding media development (like Innovation-Funds)?