Conference logoThe New Media and Democracy: Global Perspectives conference will bring together a diverse set of scholars to investigate how digital technologies have changed the discourse and practices of democratic politics in various regions around the globe.

Anyone with interest in exploring the ways in which new media functions as an instrument of democratic politics and contributes to the formation of a public sphere are invited to attend the free two-day conference on Thursday, April 9, and Friday, April 10, in the Knight Law Center, Room 110, on the University of Oregon campus.

“Speakers at the conference will engage the intersection of new media and democracy from a diverse set of regional perspectives from Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and North America,” says Bishwarp Shen, assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Communication and conference organizer. “The conference will be of interest to faculty, students as well as to local activists and other community members.”

The keynote and this year’s Myung Sup Lim Lecture Series speaker, Dr. Sang Jo Jong, will discuss the relationship between new media and democracy and the influence of Internet technologies on political and economic development through a real-life case study on South Korea on Thursday at 7 p.m., with a reception to follow.

Nine speakers will be sharing their perspectives on the emerging relationship between new media and democracy in our increasingly interconnected world on Friday.

Please visit the conference website at for a full schedule of events.

For more information, contact Biswarp Shen at

Story by Katie MacLean