[IRPCoalition] Last chance to register: Power shifts. Media Freedom and the Internet

Lorena Jaume-Palasi lorena at collaboratory.de
Wed Nov 8 01:22:06 EET 2017

Dear all,apologies for cross-posting. This is a last reminder to register
for the FoME Symposium on Media Freedom and its intersection with Internet
Governance. Many familiar names from almost all continents will be speaking
on key topics and we look forward to see many of you in Berlin!Regards,
Power Shifts. Media Freedom and the Internet
November 16-17, 2017
Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Tiergartenstr. 35, Berlinorganised by
iRights.international <http://irights.international/>, hosted by
Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung <http://www.kas.de/wf/en/>

Registration <http://fome.info/events/symposium-2017/registration> |
Programme <http://fome.info/events/symposium-2017/programme> | Speakers

In many countries, not only in the developing world, governments are
pushing for more control over the Internet. Censoring content is a growth
industry, and Internet and social network shutdowns in response to civil
protest and unrest are on the rise. Online surveillance is exploding and
people are being increasingly intimidated or detained because of their
online activities.

Therefore it is vital for civil society and the media to work together in
order to shape the Internet of the future and ensure it remains in the
service of democracy. And the role of international media assistance needs
to be reconsidered in this context.

At the 2017 Symposium of the Forum Media and Development (FoME) in Berlin
(Nov. 16th & 17th), we will discuss recent developments, strategies and
next steps with a range of international experts in the fields of media
development and Internet governance:

   - Chinmayi Arun, Centre for Communication Governance, Delhi
   - Lynn St. Amour, Chair of the Multistakeholder Advisory Group of the
   Internet Governance Forum
   - Guy Berger, Director of Division of Freedom of Expression and Media
   Development, UNESCO
   - William Bird, Media Monitoring Africa, Johannesburg
   - Harlem Désir, OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media
   - Miriam Estrin, Google
   - Helani Galpaya, LIRNEasia, Colombo, Sri Lanka
   - Jeanette Hofmann, Berlin Social Science Center
   - Joseph Nasongo, Commissioner, National Cohesion and Integration
   Commission, Kenya
   - Mark Nelson, Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA),
   Washington, DC
   - Nanjira Sambuli, World Wide Web Foundation, Nairobi
   - Leo Van Audenhove, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
   - and many more.

The FoME symposium will bring together journalists, media managers, media
development specialists, activists, academics and representatives from
government and private companies from around the world to exchange views
and foster ideas to keep the Internet free and open – for media and
citizens around the globe.

At the core of the symposium will be the following questions:

   - How to address Internet filtering and blocking in authoritarian
   - How to counter “fake news” without stifling freedom of expression?
   - How to minimize risks emerging from cyber security initiatives?
   - Should the media development community engage more in the Internet
   Governance Forum (IGF) processes?
   - Should media development focus its attention more to international
   digital media enterprises?
   - How to regulate or control the expansion of digital surveillance
   - Should digital information literacy be more prominent on the media
   development agenda?

The symposium is organised and hosted by iRights
<http://irights.international/> in cooperation with Konrad Adenauer Stiftung
<http://kas.de/>. FoME is an initiative of 20 organisations from
German-speaking countries active in international media development,
including iRights, CAMECO, Deutsche Welle Akademie, ECPMF, Friedrich Ebert
Stiftung, Friedrich Naumann Stiftung, GIZ, IDEM, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung,
Reporters without Borders and others.

For inquiries please contact fome (at) iRights (dot) international
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