Some topics that will be covered during the conference may be seen below:
1. Future of journalism: Media policy and democratic legitimacy
- Effectiveness of current regulatory policies and instruments.
- The risks to normative expectations such as freedom of expression, media pluralism, equal communication rights; intellectual property rights.
- Structural aspects of regulation (such as media ownership and concentration, media subsidy schemes, public service media).
- International journalism in the age of change.
2. Social media and 2011 revolutions: Reshaping world politics
(Parallel sessions: Arab Spring and Eastern approaches)
- How real-time information is changing the coverage of worldwide crisis events.
- Social Media in the Arab world: Leading up to the uprisings of 2011.
- Political activism: Media’s youth focus.
- Will social media help to promote democracy and free speech, and what pressures will ICT and media firms face as a result?
- Internet freedoms and their consequences.
- Challenges to reporting from conflict zones.
- New media’s political role and potentials.
- Democratising power of new media: Bringing democracy and freedom or the entrenchment of authoritarian regimes?
3. Discussing the business of news: How to monetise social media
- Economics of new media.
- New media developments: New business models and future prospects.
- Traditional business-models: Is there an alternative to advertising and paid content?
- How to monetise new audiences and new communication channels?
4. Lessons learned: Global communications, development and transition
- How do the Eastern European media developments compare with countries in the Arab world that are undergoing in social, economic and political transformations?
- Which connections can research on media and development draw?
- How did Eastern European and Arab countries manage to reorganise their media?
- What did they do with incumbent job holders?
- What went wrong, when and why?
- How did they deal with former state intelligence operatives and snitches?
- What can be learned from their experience, and which parts of it are actually transferable to the Arab world.
5. Outlook: Revised European Neighbourhood Policy
- Priorities and future opportunities of the revised ENP
- Democracy and the EU’s neighbourhood
- EU’s stand and the perspective from the ground