IGF 2022 DC-Sustainability Unbreaking the news: Media sustainability in the digital age

DC

Dynamic Coalition on the Sustainability of Journalism and News Media

Round Table - U-shape - 90 Min

Description

The nexus between long-term news sustainability and internet governance seems more undeniable than ever. How are Internet policies affecting the ability of news organizations and journalists to sustain public interest journalism in the post-pandemic world? What can we expect from proposals to tax technology platforms to fund news media? How does the online advertising business model affect both Internet governance and digital journalism? These questions might be crucial to the future of news. The session will explore these issues by presenting and discussing the findings of the DC-Sustainability Annual Report 2022, whose main focus is on the intersection of media sustainability and Internet governance. The annual report is planned to feature findings and recommendations from relevant research studies, reports, papers, and other literature produced by DC-Sustainability members during 2022 to examine the links between media sustainability and Internet governance. The roundtable discussion will be framed around key questions and suggestions presented in the annual report. The session will not only introduce the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) stakeholders to the work and research being done on digital media policy, but also provide specific recommendations for the IGF community to address media sustainability and viability in the digital sphere.

1) The on-site moderator will coordinate with the remote moderator to ensure that anyone not present in the room is also given a chance to participate.
2) The roundtable discussion will ensure hybrid interactivity by allocating dedicated time to field and answer questions from both in-person and online attendees through the platform’s chat feature as well as hearing from participants throughout the session.
3) The event will also be live Tweeted so that the inputs from speakers and participants are shared widely. Polls - in-person and online, will be used to engage participants and gather input

Organizers

Daniel O’Maley, Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA), Civil Society, WEOG
Waqas Naeem, International Media Support (IMS), Civil Society, Asia Pacific Group
Laura Becana Ball, Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD), Civil Society, WEOG

Speakers

Courtney Radsch, UCLA ITLP, Civil Society, WEOG
Mijal Iastrebner, Co-founder and Director of SembraMedia, Civil Society, Latin American and Caribbean Group.
Aboubakr Jamai, Dean of the School of Business and International Relations at IAU College, civil society, African Group.
Anya Schiffrin, Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, Academia, WEOG

Note: It is yet to be confirmed the form of participation of each speaker (onsite/online) but at least one of the speakers will participate online.

Onsite Moderator

Daniel O’Maley, Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA), Civil Society, WEOG

Online Moderator

Waqas Naeem, International Media Support (IMS), Civil Society, Asia Pacific Group

Rapporteur

Laura Becana Ball, Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD), Civil Society, WEOG

SDGs

16. Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
16.10


Targets: This DC-Session will present the findings of the DC Annual report on the intersection of media sustainability and Internet governance. Therefore, the discussion will be directly linked to SDG 16 and, in particular, target 16.10 (Ensure public access to information and protect fundamental freedoms, in accordance with national legislation and international agreements). Although the internet has facilitated previously unimaginable access to information, the digital marketplace disrupted the dynamics of the news media industry. Ensuring that citizens have access to high-quality news and information is fundamental to achieving SDG 16.10, which is why digital media sustainability is an essential component to making progress on the Sustainable Development Goals. Additionally, as mentioned above, the session aims to provide specific recommendations for the IGF community to address media sustainability and viability in the digital sphere.