Media Futures – Policy, Politics and Power, 10-11 October, Brussels, Belgium


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