|8:00 - 9:00
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Opening Session: Freedom of the Press 2011 Index
A presentation of the findings of Freedom House's annual Freedom of the Press index, broadcast live from the Newseum's Press Freedom Gallery
- Introductory remarks by David J. Kramer, Executive Director, Freedom House
- Karin Karlekar, Freedom House, Senior Editor, Freedom of the Press 2011, United States
|9:45 - 10:45
||Plenary Session 1: Press Freedom: How Far Have We Come and Where are We Going?
Two decades ago, the Windhoek Declaration proclaimed a free media essential to democracy and economic development. Reflecting on Freedom House’s latest mapping of media freedom, where does the world stand on media freedom in 2011? How are digital media, social networks, and mobile platforms expanding information access? And where are they being blocked?
- Welcome: Janis Karklins, Assistant General-Director, Communication and Information, UNESCO, Latvia
- Moderator: Rosental Alves, Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, Director, Brazil
- Karin Karlekar, Freedom House, Senior Editor, Freedom of the Press 2011, United States
- Frank LaRue, Rapporteur for Freedom of Opinion and Expression, United Nations, Guatemala
- Gwen Lister, Founder, the Namibian; Media Institute of Southern Africa, Namibia
- Eric Newton, Senior Adviser to the President, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, United States
|10:45 - 11:15
|11:15 - 12:45
||Breakout Session 1.1: Social Media: The New News Network?
Social media have given the gathering and sharing of news a very different dynamic. How do information consumers use social networking sites to get their news, and how do mainstream news organizations use these sites to do their journalism? Do social media platforms give citizens new ways to monitor and engage their governments? Has media literacy kept pace with the dramatic expansion of information?
- Moderator: Steve Buttry, Director of Community Engagement, TBD.com; Faculty, Georgetown University, United States
- Oscar Morales Guevara, Creator, Facebook group, One Million Voices against FARC, Colombia
- Andy Carvin, Senior Strategist, Social Media Desk, National Public Radio, United States
- Quan Nguyen, Director, Rallyingfordemocracy.org, Vietnam
- Lauren Indvik, Associate Editor, Marketing and Media, Mashable, United States
Breakout Session 1.2: Mapping How Media Makes a Difference
Mapping projects are measuring how access to digital media is spreading and what impact media freedom has on development. What do data from current research projects show about the degree to which credible, timely news and information is available and how does that correlates with democratic and economic development?
- Moderator: Stewart Chisholm, Senior Program Manager, Open Society Foundations, United Kingdom
- Rodrigo Gómez Garcia, Professor, Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Mexico
- Rasha Abdulla, Associate Professor, American University in Cairo, Egypt
- Myriam Benlamlih, Project Manager, Middle East and North Africa, InterMedia, United States/Morocco
- Tara Susman-Peña, Director of Research, the Media Map Project, Internews, United States
Breakout Session 1.3: Digital Media as a Gender Challenge
Gender influences access to information. Has the digital age given women greater access to news, as consumers or producers, or has it widened the gap? Do men and women utilize digital media in different ways to get information and contribute to global or local discussions?
- Moderator: Marguerite Sullivan, Senior Director, Center for International Media Assistance, National Endowment for Democracy, United States
- Liza Gross, Executive Director, International Women’s Media Foundation, Argentina
- T. Estella Nelson, Executive Director, Liberian Women Media Action Committee, Liberia
- Tasawar-ul-Karim Baig, Senior Producer, Express News Television Network, Pakistan
- Sandra Nyaira, Reporter, Voice of America, Zimbabwe
Breakout Session 1.4: Accessing the Digital Benefit
Computers and the Internet are not yet available to huge numbers of people. How do those who live without electricity, literacy, or technology access news media in a digital world? What innovative solutions have been devised to meet the information needs of impoverished populations and rural communities?
- Moderator: Jan Schaffer, Executive Director, J-Lab, American University, United States
- Shubhranshu Choudhary, Knight International Journalism Fellow, India
- Michele Montas, Senior Adviser to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General to Haiti, United Nations Stabilization Mission, Haiti
- Abdikadir Ahmed, Program Coordinator, IREX, Somalia
- Martin Hadlow, Deputy Chair, Australian National Commission for UNESCO, Australia
Breakout Session 1.5: Digital Natives: The New Media Generation
Young people, who constitute the majority of the population in many countries, are fueling media innovation. How do young people get and share their news in the digital age? Will growing up digitally change the way a new generation engages in the public debate?
- Moderator: Jason Rzepka, Vice President, Public Affairs, MTV Networks, United States
- Shiv Bhaskar Dravid, Founder, The Viewspaper, India
- Emin Milli, Founder, Alumni Network Youth Group, Azerbaijan (via Skype)
- Adnan Hajizada, Founder, OL! Azerbaijani Youth Movement, Azerbaijan (via Skype)
- Jennifer Ehidiamen, journalist, Celebrating Progress Africa and the Global Press Institute, Nigeria
- Maria Sadovskaya, Journalist, European Radio for Belarus, Belarus
|12:45 - 2:15
|2:15 - 3:45
||Plenary Session 2: New Barriers: Censorship in the Digital Age
Twenty years after the Windhoek Declaration, digital media provide new opportunities for freedom of expression and accessing information, but the technology that makes these channels possible also offers repressive regimes new means of censorship and the silencing of voices. The Associated Press will host a town hall-format discussion in the Knight Studio at the Newseum featuring four journalists from challenging media environments who face cyber-surveillance, digital harassment and other censorship threats. The event will be moderated by the AP’s Kimberly Dozier, a veteran foreign correspondent and specialist on international security issues.
- Welcome, introduction: W. Robert Pearson, President, Internal Research & Exchanges Board, United States
- Moderator: Kimberly Dozier, Correspondent, the Associated Press, United States
- Wael Abbas, Founder and Blogger, Misr Digital, Egypt
- Nazila Fathi, Correspondent, New York Times, Iran
- Xiao Qiang, Director, China Internet Project at UC-Berkeley; Founder and Editor, China Digital Times, China
- Chiranuch Premchaiporn, Executive Director, Prachatai, Thailand
|3:45 - 4:15
|4:15 - 5:45
||Breakout Session 2.1: Media Law and Regulation 2.0
The Internet and mobile platforms are creating new legal and regulatory territory. What best practices should be updated to protect free expression and foster media freedom? How should internet regulation be addressed? What about criminal defamation and insult laws, licensing of journalists and privacy rights in the new media environment?
- Moderator: Kurt Wimmer, Partner, Covington & Burling, United States
- Leslie Harris, President and CEO, Center for Democracy and Technology, United States
- Peter Nadori, Founder and Chair, Association of Hungarian Content Providers; Editor-in-Chief, Origo, Hungary
- Peter Mwesige, Executive Director, African Center for Media Excellence, Uganda
- Agnès Callamard, Executive Director, Article 19, Canada
Breakout Session 2.2: Censorship Without Borders
In the digital age, threats to freedom of expression are transnational. How has the Internet exposed journalists around the world to new threats that know no boundaries, including libel suits brought across borders, and distributed denial of service attacks? How do repressive governments share technologies and techniques to silence their citizens online?
- Moderator: Dainius Radzevicius, Chairman, Union of Journalists of the Republic of Lithuania; Chairman, Council of Lithuanian National Radio and Television, Lithuania
- Clothilde Le Coz, Washington Director, Reporters Without Borders, France
- Drew Sullivan, Founder, Center for Investigative Reporting of Bosnia-Herzegovina, United States
- John Kampfner, Chief Executive, Index on Censorship, United Kingdom
- Omoyele Sowore, Founder, Sahara Reporters, Nigeria
- Danny O'Brien, Internet Advocacy Coordinator, Committee to Protect Journalists, United Kingdom
Breakout Session 2.3: Evasion Tactics for Digital Media
Note: The video for this session is not available
Online journalists play a cat-and-mouse game when trying to operate in repressive environments. What techniques have new media outlets used to keep news and information flowing and their contributors safe?
- Moderator: Rebecca MacKinnon, Co-Founder, Global Voices Online, United States
- Stephanie Hankey, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Tactical Tech, United Kingdom
- Andrew Lewman, Executive Director, the TOR Project, United States
- Masimba Biriwasha, Online Editor, Alpha Media Holdings, Zimbabwe
Breakout Session 2.4: Reporters, Sources, and Information in a Digital World
From The Washington Post's coverage of Watergate in the early 1970s to coverage of recent popular uprisings in the Middle East, North Africa and beyond, digital media tools have fundamentally changed the nature of reporting and the meaning of transparency. Citizen journalists have become instrumental to reporting major crises, internet sites gather
digital archives of government and corporate information,
and citizens now have instant access to the source material reporters use in their stories. Can the growing number of alternative platforms provide the protection of sources, can professional and citizen journalists work together to analyze and report, and how do laws designed in the pre-digital age relate to these new platforms, new forms of reporting, and new concepts of transparency?
- Special Remarks: Bob Woodward, Associate Editor, Washington Post, United States
- Moderator: Sheila MacVicar, correspondent, Canada
- Abderrahim Foukara, Washington Bureau Chief, Al-Jazeera, Morocco
- Elena Milashina, investigative journalist, Novaya Gazeta, Russia
- Huma Yusuf, investigative journalist, columnist, Dawn, Pakistan
|6:00 - 6:30
- Timothy E. Wirth, President, United Nations Foundation
- David Drummond, Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer, Google Inc.
- Irina Bokova, Director General, UNESCO
- Featuring Interactive Demonstrations by:
- Tactical Tech
- Global Voices
- World Wide Web Foundation