Pushing the envelop: New Media, Citizens Journalism, Human Rights and Development
- Moderator: Sanjana Hattotuwa
- Panelists: Dan Gillmore, Ory Okolloh, Steven Gan, (plus Al Jazeera representative tbc)
- Session Lead and Rapporteur: Sharmini Boyle
This panel brings together key thought leaders and innovators in new media and citizen’s journalism to explore the intersection of traditional and new media and the opportunities and challenges this presents to support human rights and media freedom – especially in countries with violent and repressive regimes.
Key questions explored by this panel will be:
- Are citizens journalism and new media mere buzzwords or do they really make a difference compared to the reach and impact of traditional media?
- Does censorship that traditional media is often subjected apply any differently to new media and citizens journalism?
- Placed in harm’s way for the content one produces or showcases, how resilient is citizens journalism in the face of regimes that attack human rights defenders and media freedom?
- Broadband is a pre-requisite for most new media. Is the new media revolution exacerbating the digital divide? How much can we generalise on the potential of new media to strengthen sustainable development as well as political and human rights issues?
- Is new media more or less reflecting the imbalances in old media (gender related, for example) or is it more representative and equitable?
- YouTube and SecondLife play a visible role in the mainstream party politics of some countries – is it a sign of things to come and what are the possibilities it presents for the future?
- What does the future hold? Will the new media in 2015 look, feel and sound like?
More details here.