Media, Democracy and Technology imageWith increasing frequency, some democratic governments, autocracies, drug and human trafficking cartels, and terrorist groups are attacking professional journalists and independent citizen journalists. The Media, Democracy and Technologies Symposium will explore the possibilities and challenges that media and technology offers in such hostile environments.

Anyone with interest in citizen produced media, the role of bloggers, and the Internet as a space for public discussion and democracy are invited to attend and join the conversation with experts on the fields of journalism, international media, and citizen blogging. The symposium will take place on Friday, March 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m in the Knight Library Browsing Room. This symposium is free and open to the public.

The speakers, who will be sharing their national and international experiences working on a variety of projects, include: Danny O’Brien, international director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation; Madeleine Bair, curator of the YouTube Human Rights Channel at Witness; Gabriela Martínez, associate professor at the SOJC and the 2014-15 Wayne Morse Resident Scholar at the University of Oregon; Endalk Chala, co-founder of Ethiopia’s Zone-9 Bloggers and a Ph.D. student at the UO School of Journalism and Communication; and Tewodros Workneh, post-doctoral fellow at the SOJC.

“The professional and scholarly commitment of the panelist as well as their central argument for this symposium is connected to the intersections of media, technology, and democracy,” says Martínez. “The panelist will discuss issues of the state of human rights around the world as experienced by professional journalists and citizen-journalists who are trying to keep the public informed.”

The University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication, the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics, the Department of Philosophy, and the Office of International Affairs are sponsoring the symposium.

For more information, contact Gabriela Martínez.

Story by Katie MacLean ‘15