From 16th to 18th of November we are celebrating the European Policy Forum in a face-to-face event. In partnership with NESTA, the SDEPS coalition and the European Cultural Foundation (ECF), we host a forum on how Europe can provide alternatives for profit-driven big tech companies and media reporting through national lenses.
We are meeting in Brussels to debate and share thoughts involving media, journalists, civil society, and policymakers who will focus on discussing pathways to a more open, inclusive, and democratic European public sphere.
Democracies can only function properly if they are underpinned by a public sphere. But online spaces are controlled by private interests and traditional media is giving us mostly national perspectives. The inhabitants of Europe lack the space to debate a shared interest for Europeans, based on solid facts and a culture of care. We need a media landscape in Europe which re-constitutes the citizen at the centre of public debate. And we need European digital infrastructure that is based on values of collaboration, sharing, and safeguarding privacy and freedom of people.
Public conversation: How can EU policy foster digital European public Spaces?
Trying to respond to this question, we will carry out a public conversation on Wednesday 17th of November with researchers, media professionals, civil society, and policymakers to explore how EU policy can foster digital European public spaces. The dialogue will be based on two case studies – MediActivism and SDEPS – and the outcomes of the round table sessions which will have taken place on Tuesday.
Although the European Policy Forum is happening in Brussels, you can engage in the public conversation physically if you are in the city, but also you can attend it online. In any case, you need to register by following this link and filling out the form.
If you are interested, check out the program below.
- 17:00 h Opening by André Wilkens, European Cultural Foundation
- 17:10 h MediActivism – a case for citizen-centric media – by Charlie Tims and Ivana Pejić
- 17:20 h Next Generation Internet / Forward – a case for an internet of humans – by Katja Bego
- 17:30 h Panel discussion - Moderator: Juanlu Sánchez (Eldiario.es) - With: Nicola Frank (European Broadcasting Union), Ismail Einashe (Journalist, Lost in Media), Latifa Oulkhouir (Le Bondy Blog), Paul Keller (Open Future), Christophe Leclercq (Euractiv)
- 18:15 h Response of funders and policymakers who worked on concrete initiatives (Reports, legislative proposals on media), followed by a conversation with the panelists and audience - With: Marijn Duijvestein (DG Connect), Kim van Sparrentak (EP, Greens) Saskia van den Dool (Adessium Foundation) and Mieke van Heesewijk (SIDN Fund)
- 18:55 h Concluding remarks
- 19:00 h Networking reception
(Brussels local time CET)
The debate is part of the projects MediActivism and Next Generation Internet - Forward. And ahead of the Policy Forum read the online version of the #mediactivism guide to claiming a right to your city.