Drawing on the Open Society Foundations' research into the worldwide impact of new and digital media, this forum will discuss the role that these evolving forms of media can play in the development and strengthening of democratic societies.
The discussion will consider questions such as:
- Who owns today’s media? Is ownership concentration harmful to diversity—or essential for creativity in a globalized marketplace?
- How can digital media help or harm public interest journalism?
- Is editorial independence being strengthened or undermined?
- Is the freedom of online media undermined by new gatekeepers?
- How are citizens responding? Is digital media increasing activism and participation? Or is it overwhelming and numbing people with a cascade of ever-more information?
- What is the overall impact of these changes and issues on democracy?
With panelists from Morocco, Spain, and the United States, this event promises international insights into a global issue.