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#IGF2018: How Internet Governance Impacts Media Diversity PDF Print

22 November 2018

Country: France, Global

By: Lucien Steinberg

FunInternetGraphicA host of media development and journalism support organisations gathered for a symposium at the 2018 Internet Governance Forum held this year at UNESCO headquarters in Paris. The purpose of the event, organised by GFMD in collaboration with CIMA, Article 19, IMS and DW Akademie, was to deliberate on how media development organisations can increase their capacities in internet governance processes.

The concept of Internet governance (IG) began as an explicitly technical discussion around the development and adoption of network architectures and internet standards. However, in recent years IG expanded to tackle many political, economic and social dimensions as concerns with rapid technological disruptions to numerous industries, not to mention numerous social implications, such as how we communicate, work, inform and entertain ourselves, teach, learn, shop and even conduct elections. The journalism and media industries have not been exempt from such upheavals and thus media development organisations critically need a place at the stakeholders table in internet governance discussions.

 
Media Literacy Training Can Truly Empower Youth PDF Print

November 21, 2018

Country: Jordan

MIL_Amman_CartoonOver the weekend, Media Diversity Institute (MDI) participated in a seminar titled, “Support to Media in Jordan” in Amman, Jordan.

The event focused on Media and Information Literacy (MIL) and is part of a larger project funded by the European Union and the Canadian Embassy in Amman. It is organized by MDI in collaboration with UNESCO Jordan and Journalists for Human Rights.

“The Internet has been a huge chance for everyone ignored by the mainstream legacy media,” MDI Executive Director Milica Pesic said, speaking about MDI’s work on MIL around the world.

 

 
Steve Bannon: To Platform, Or Not To Platform PDF Print

19 November 2018

Countries: United Kingdom

By: Mikhail Yakovlev

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Every year, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) organizes NewsXchange, a conference described as a chance for the world’s leading public service media to discuss “bright ideas, opportunities and challenges for the international news industry.

This year’s conference—hosted in Edinburgh, Scotland—generated controversy by inviting former Trump administration chief strategist Steve Bannon as a speaker.

 
#WalkAway: How the US Media Ignores Conservative Minorities PDF Print

17 November 2018

Country: United States

By: Safiya Ahmed

WalkAway“Once upon a time I was a liberal,” Brandon Straka, a self-described gay conservative hairdresser says to the camera, in a slickly-produced YouTube video that now has over 700,000 views.

“The left has been allowed to reinforce the narrative that everybody on the right is a bigot, a racist, a homophobe, a misogynist,” he continues, describing his transition from a typical Manhattan liberal to the leader of a conservative political movement.

“I reject racism of all kinds. I reject tyrannical group think. I reject a system that allows a misinformed and dogmatic mob to oppress free speech, spread false narratives and apathetically steam roll over the truth,” he continues.

 
Can Brazilians Use Internet Humor and Memes to Fight Bolsonaro's Hate Speech? PDF Print

16 November 2018

Country: Brazil

By Andréa Doyle

GretchenAs Brazilians, we are dead serious about our memes. Last year we nearly broke the Internet with Cuca the crocodile witch, a cartoon villain from the nineties who re-emerged as a gay icon. Gretchen, a former exotic dancer, turned pop star, turned small town mayoral candidate is currently having the greatest breakthrough of her career as our beloved “Meme Queen.” Her image is used by fans across the country to express everything from anger and sass to love for friends and family.

Brazil routinely vanquishes other countries in the Internet’s Global Meme Wars and recently established a museum solely devoted to our superb Internet culture. For us, a good meme is more than just a laugh; it is a way for us to harness the power of humor to mock what should cause us frustration or pain, and live up to the motto that Brazilians, “laugh in order not to cry.”

 
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