Communication Rights in the Digital Age 24-25 October 2019

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Defining a field… Our #CommRightsHelsinki conference!

COMMUNICATION RIGHTS IN THE AGE OF DIGITAL DISRUPTION

The rights-based perspective on ethical and political questions presented by the new digital media has recently regained attention in academic and political debates. This conference will address the interplay of national and global (universal and specific) characteristics of communication rights: What are some definitions of communication rights? Who are the policy and other actors defining these rights? What are current core issues or cases that pertain to communication rights?

The international conference, Communication Rights in the Digital Age, 24-25 October 2019 in Helsinki, was organized by the Helsinki Media Policy Research Group, the University of Helsinki, the ECREA Communication Law and Policy Section and the Euromedia Research Group, and supported by the IAMCR Communication Policy & Technology Section. It was also supported by CORDI, and five of the project’s researchers presented their work in the conference.

The opening panel asked: What rights, whose rights, and who cares?

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New Research Network: InnoPSM

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Our new project with the University of Westminster!

COMMUNICATION RIGHTS IN THE AGE OF DIGITAL DISRUPTION

One of the specific topics of Cordi is the role of public service media in safeguarding communication rights. A part of the related research takes place in collaboration with a new Research Network on Innovation in Public Service Media Policies (InnoPSM). The project is convened by Alessandro D’Arma of the University of Westminster (UK), Minna Aslama Horowitz of Cordi is the co-convener, and Hannu Nieminen of Cordi belongs to the project Steering Group, as well as members from from European Broadcasting Union – EBU, BBC, ORF, Yle and several other universities.

The main objectives of the Research Network are to facilitate exchange between academic experts and key PSM stakeholders and develop a research agenda across national and disciplinary boundaries with a view to advancing our thinking about innovative policy solutions and strategies to respond to the major digital challenges confronting PSM.

The Network starts by organizing four multi-stakeholder…

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#MIT10: Media In Transition

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#MIT10: Media In Transition. Presentation at MIT with Marko Milosavljevic.

COMMUNICATION RIGHTS IN THE AGE OF DIGITAL DISRUPTION

The conference Media in Transition 10 (#mit10) took place at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge on 17-18 May 2019, with the theme Democracy and Digital Media.

CORDI was represented in the panel Data, Democracy and the Public Interest: Approaches of Policy and Praxis, by Minna Horowitz, University of Helsinki and Marko Milosavljević, University of Ljubljana with the presentation Universality at Stake: Datafication and Legacy Public Service Media.

Here are the slides of the presentation:


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IAMCR 2019

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On our presentation at IAMCR2019:

COMMUNICATION RIGHTS IN THE AGE OF DIGITAL DISRUPTION

By Katja Lehtisaari

Discussing communication rights at the IAMCR 2019 conference

How are communication rights presented in different countries in Europe? A pilot study, titled “Communication for everyone: Communication rights and their differing contexts” was presented at the IAMCR 2019 conference in Madrid 10 July 2019.

This working paper presents a way to operationalize communication rights, including a systematic framework for analysis, and a pilot study of comparative application in several national contexts. The pilot study builds on operationalisation of communication rights, presented in the articleOperationalising communication rights: the case of a “digital welfare state”(Internet Policy Rewiev, 2019). For the pilot study concluded in spring 2019, five countries were selected for examination: Finland from Northern Europe, Germany and the United Kingdom from Western Europe, Italy from Southern Europe, and Slovakia from Central and Eastern Europe. The aim is to look at differing media systems in Europe and examine…

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Relevance and Impact: Universalism and PSM in the age of “Information Disorder”

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[Working Paper for the RIPE@2018 Conference]

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This paper seeks to contribute on debates about the universal relevance and impact of public service media, specifically in terms of (1) how disinformation and the broader information disorder adds a new dimension to the universalist mission,  (2) how it provides new opportunities to collaborate with audiences and co-creators, and (3) how it could impact media policy today.

The discussion is based on a policy brief for the Council of Europe and a related White Paper for the Central European University, Center for Media, Data and Society, on shared challenges of public service broadcasting around the world, and an overview of the role of PSB/PSM institutions in Europe in countering disinformation and distrust of audiences. It is obvious that “fake news” is not only a European phenomenon. It is also clear that public service media in different European countries differs greatly, as do manifestations and the scope of information disorder. At the same time, the issues  that emerge in the current media ecosystems in Europe illustrate broader dilemmas of universalism today for PSM organizations, as well as opportunities for new kind of universal relevance and impact.