Panel: The Open Society Foundation’s Mapping Digital Media Initiative: Global Communications Research to Support Policymaking

TitlePanel: The Open Society Foundation’s Mapping Digital Media Initiative: Global Communications Research to Support Policymaking
Publication TypeConference Paper
Author(s)Aslama Horowitz, M.
Affiliation (1st Author)University of Helsinki, St.John's University, The New America Foundation
Section or WGCommunication Policy and Technology
DateThurs 27 June
Slot CodeCPTT4a
Slot Code (Keyword)CPTT4a
Time of Session16:00-17:30
Session TitlePANEL The Open Society Foundation's Mapping Digital Media Initiative: Global Communications Research to Support Policymaking
Submission ID5636

Immense changes are reshaping the media landscape all around the globe, affecting the power formations – the ways in which citizens are informed, governments and corporations are made accountable, and societies fulfill their potential. These changes and innovations also have an impact on what can be achieved by journalism that upholds pluralism and diversity, transparency and accountability, editorial independence, freedom of expression and information, public service values, and high professional standards. There is an ever-greater need to examine the political, social and economic consequences of media policymaking, in order to identify those policies that strengthen the public interest, maximize civic engagement, and make the most of the potential of innovation in media for the public good. There is also an urgent need to understand issues crucial to media policy that are not only national or regional, but thematically cross-cutting, globally. The Open Society Foundation’s Mapping Digital Media programme has engaged communications scholars from around the globe in an enterprise that is unprecedented in its scope, in terms of mobilizing an international team of researchers from 54 countries to produce a substantial and growing body of scholarship that can,, a) inform policymakers at the national and international levels; b) be used to support, develop, and inform media policy advocacy work; and c) inform future research funding initiatives that can be used in media policymaking and policy advocacy. This panel provides an overview of – and showcases recent work from – the Mapping Digital Media programme. This panel focuses on interrelated thematic studies – on access, innovation, sustainability, multistakeholderism, and comparative challenges – derived from the substantial data of the country-specific studies This panel will be of substantial interest to scholars with an interest in a range of subject areas, including media law and policy, journalism, international communication, and new media technologies. The panel will not only highlight recent research that has emerged from this international collaborative initiative, but also will include discussions of how and why this initiative developed, and how the data being gathered can be utilized by scholars to support further research. The panel will feature an international collection of scholars, as well as senior representatives of the Open Society Foundation who have spearheaded this work. Participants Chair,, Magda Walter, the Advocacy Coordinator of the Open Society Foundations’ Media Programme Discussant,, A representative of the Open Society Foundations’ Media Programme. Panelists,, 1. Philip M. Napoli, Fordham University and Jonathan Obar, University of Toronto,, ACCESS. Mobile Leapfrogging and Digital Divide Policy,, Assessing the Limitations of Mobile Internet Access 2. Martin De Waal, University of Amsterdam and Marko Milosavljevic, University of Ljubljana,, INNOVATION. Journalism, Innovation and Policy-making 3. Justin Schlosberg, Birkbeck, University of London,, SUSTAINABLITY. The Sustainability of Public Interest Journalism in Europe 4. Minna Aslama Horowitz, New America Foundation / University of Helsinki / St./ John’s University,, MULTISKAKEHOLDERISM. Policy Implications for Public Service Media 5. Vibodh Parthasarathi, Center for Media Culture and Governance, Jamia Millia Islamia University,, COMPARATIVE CHALLENGES. Digitalising India,, From A National to A Comparative Case for Policy Analysis

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