Symposium: Power Shifts - Media Freedom and the Internet.

The FoME symposium brings together media development specialists, academics, activists and representatives from government and private companies to exchange views on how to keep the Internet free and open – for media and citizens around the globe.

In many countries, not only in the developing world, governments are pushing for more control over the Internet. Censoring content is a growth industry, and Internet and social network shutdowns in response to civil protest and unrest are on the rise. Online surveillance is exploding and people are being increasingly intimidated or detained because of their online activities.

Therefore it is vital for civil society and the media to work together in order to shape the Internet of the future and ensure it remains in the service of democracy. And the role of international media assistance needs to be reconsidered in this context.

At the 2017 Symposium of the Forum Media and Development (FoME) in Berlin (Nov. 16th & 17th), we will discuss recent developments, strategies and next steps with a range of international experts in the fields of media development and Internet governance.

At the core of the symposium will be the following questions:

  • How to address Internet filtering and blocking in authoritarian regimes?
  • How to counter "fake news" without stifling freedom of expression?
  • How to minimize risks emerging from cyber security initiatives?
  • Should the media development community engage more in the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) processes?
  • Should media development focus its attention more to international digital media enterprises?
  • How to regulate or control the expansion of digital surveillance programs?
  • Should digital information literacy be more prominent on the media development agenda?

This year, the symposium is organised and hosted by iRights in cooperation with Konrad Adenauer Stiftung.

FoME is an initiative of 20 organisations from German-speaking countries active in international media development, including iRights, Reporters without Borders, CAMECO, Deutsche Welle Akademie, ECPMF, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Friedrich Naumann Stiftung, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), IDEM, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung and others.

Venue/ time

Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Berlin
Tiergartenstraße 35
10785 Berlin

16.11. 2017 from 9 a.m. to 7.30 p.m. and 17.11.2017 from 9 a.m. to 3.30 p.m.