Programme/Agenda of #MediaNetAsia14

Main Objectives of the Event

  • To provide a space to spark meaningful connections between media practitioners, and internet rights activists
  • To have substantive discussions on the media and internet freedoms and rights
  • To share tools or experiences that could help generate ideas for better defence of media and internet freedoms

A Note on the Event Design

While the focus of the event will be on the themes of media, ethics, technology, internet rights, privacy and security, the specific agenda of topics to be discussed will be negotiated and agreed on during the event. The agenda will be based on the expectations and the interests of the participants.

The main facilitation methodology that we will be using for this event is based on the ‘unconference’ model. We will be using a mix of interactive plenary sessions as well as open space formats to encourage meaningful participation from the participants. It will be participant-driven and we will be de- prioritising traditional conference methodologies like panel discussions, presentations and plenary discussions.

Schedule of Activities

  • We start daily at 09:00. We end at 17:00 daily.
  • There will be 15-minute breaks in the mornings and the afternoons.
  • Lunch breaks will be one and half hours daily to accommodate the participants’ busy schedules. This will allow everyone to check email, make calls and / or attend to work they need to do without impacting their participation in the workshop.
  • The last 15 minutes of each day will be for wrapping up and daily evaluation.
  • There will be a facilitators’ debrief immediately after we close the day, and while it is only compulsory for facilitators, participants are welcome to join it.

 

Programme Details

 

Day 1 – 15 October

Introductions
  • Welcome Remarks from the Organisers
  • Logistics Announcements, etc.
  • Participant guidelines
Jargon Busting In this activity, we will define the common terms that we will be using for the event. Participants will suggest which terms they need more clarity on. The objective of this activity is for everyone to arrive at common understanding of terms.
Spectogram on Media Freedom and Internet Rights This is a participatory event where participants will be able to discuss issues on the event theme by posting a polarising statement to the group and getting them to physically stand where they are on the spectrum of 100% Agreement and 100% Disagreement.
Agenda Setting Here, we will employ Open Space Methodology to come up with an agenda for the event. Participants will be asked which topics (based on the theme) are most meaningful to them as well technology skills and trends that they would want to understand better.
Lunch
Open Space on Media Freedoms We will hold five parallel break out sessions on this topic, twice. So 10 break-out discussions will happen by the end of this period.
Online and Offline Media: Transcending media divide Why are there tensions between those who occupy the different media spaces? How important is it for people’s access to information for us to define the journalist versus the non-journalist? Are there better ways of describing what’s out there in terms of outlets offering journalism products and are there common causes and values that they share?
Cases or trends from Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, SingaporeModerator: Uni Lubis (tbc)
Panelists: Dr. Pirongrong Ramasoota, Professor, Ye Ni (tbc), Roy Ngerng
Dinner Talk:(7.00pm at Hugo’s at 6, on Level 6 of the conference hotel) Topic:  “Critical Voices: Engaging Democratic Participation Amongst Civil Society And The Media” by journalist Susan Loone and lawyer Fadiah Nadwa Fikri. It will be moderated by Associate Prof. Dr. Joanne Lim of the University of Nottingham, Malaysia.

Day 2 – Thursday, 16 October

Introduction to the Day The first 30 minutes of the day will start with an briefing on what participants can expect during the day as well as logistical announcements.
Open Space on Internet Governance and Media Freedom We will hold a minimum of five parallel break out sessions on this topic.
Hate speech and the media Is it fair to say that the media – both established news media and social media – are fuelling or channeling hate speech? Are we agreed on what constitutes hate speech and are there ways of assessing them? What is the relationship between the political situation and media content that is said to fuel such expression? What standards do the media use when deciding on content that are legitimate criticism, harmful or inciting towards hatred? Should intermediaries and corporations also bear the responsibilities? Why and how?Presentation by Jahanzaib HaqueModerator: Prof Cherian George (tbc)
Panelists: Mon Mon Myat (tbc), Endy Bayuni (tbc), Sampath Samarakoon (tbc), Judy Taing (tbc)
Lunch
Open Space on Ethics in Media For this round, we will hold one round of five parallel break out discussions
Media and Internet Laws Talk Show How focused are cybercrime laws on cybercrimes or are they nets cast wide for crimes of expression as well? Should regulations be enacted for expression, formal and informal communication? How far are laws on data and infrastructure (retention, security etc) potentially affecting media?Moderator: Jo-Ann Ding
Panelists: Mong Palatino, Htaike Htaike Aung (tbc), Moez Chakchouk (tbc), Dipendra HR (tbc), Annisa Junaidi (tbc)

Day 3 – Friday, 17 October

Introduction to the Day The first 30 minutes of the day will start with an briefing on what participants can expect during the day as well as logistical announcements.
Open Space on Privacy and Surveillance We will hold five parallel break out sessions on this topic, twice. So 10 break-out discussions will happen by the end of this period.
Interactive Panel on Privacy and Security In this plenary activity, the panel people will not start with a set presentation. Instead, participants will be asked before the panel to prepare questions that the panel people should respond to.
Lunch
Brainstorming session on Regional Networking for Digital Rights This will be a mix of small group discussions and a plenary discussion about how to go forward from the event.
Wrap-up and Closing activities  – Evaluation
– Acknowledgments and Thank You’s
– Group picture