Media Democracy Days 2014 – Nov 7 & 8 (Fri/Sat): Keynotes, video, panel, workshops, fair (visit us there too!)

MDDays_vectorLogo_white-black-fill-1Media Democracy Days 2014 are here in Vancouver, November 7 and 8! It brings together diverse communities involved in media advocacy and education, to help promote the cause of media democratization to a wider public.

A healthy society needs media democracy. Learn about critical issues of our times and how the media figures into it all.

Check online for the program, speakers, etc.

CityHallWatch and MetroVanWatch will be at the Media Fair — a trade show style exhibition of about 30 local, alternative, and innovative media organizations.  The Media Fair runs 12 noon to 5 pm in the Vancouver Public Library (main branch) promenade. Come and visit!

From a  promo e-mail: First up, Ricochet‘s video interview with journalist Glenn Greenwald, whose work with the files leaked by Edward Snowden rocked the surveillance establishment to the core, will be a great opportunity for you to hear what Greenwald has to say about Canada’s role in shaping international privacy and surveillance regulations.

Then, a special partnership with the Vancouver Observer to launch their most recent documentary, TarNation. This short documentary,  produced as part of the Tar Sands Reporting Project, brings us closer to the impacts and resistance of locals to Alberta’s destructive tar sands project.

Finally, our feature film, Preempting Dissent sets the stage for a wonderful panel discussion with the filmmakers, Greg Elmer and Andy Opel, as well as journalist and researcher Gareth Kirkby and SFU Professor Enda Brophy.

For your convenience, excerpts of the program… please check the official  MDD website for the official version!

OPENING FILM SCREENING, PANEL AND RECEPTION
Friday, November 7 | 7:00 PM
Segal Rooms, SFU Harbour Centre (515 W. Hastings Street)
Entry is free but seating is limited. Pre-registration is recommended

DOORS AT 6:30 PM / EVENT AT 7:00 PM

PANEL DISCUISSION
Greg Elmer
Preempting Dissent Co-Director
Andy Opel
Preempting Dissent Co-Director
Gareth Kirkby
Journalist and researcher
Enda Brophy
(Moderator | SFU)

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8
OPENING KEYNOTE
Vancouver Public Library Central Branch (350 W. Georgia Street) | Alice MacKay Room
Entry is free but seating is limited.

12:00 – 1:00 PM
Michael Geist
Remaking the media: remaking democracy.
What is the impact of new technologies and the Internet, as well as its regulation, on the democratic process? And how are alternative projects creating space by making the best of these new opportunities?

EARLY WORKSHOPS
Vancouver Public Library Central Branch (350 W. Georgia Street)

10:00 – 11:30 AM

AUDIO PRODUCTION FOR SOCIAL CHANGE
Alma VanDusen Room
This hands-on workshop will walk you through what it takes to develop, produce, and record an audio-based podcast or news story for use on the web. Learn about audio recording, sound design, and sound-based storytelling and engage in discussions about how to use your new skills to achieve social change. Led by The Cinematheque Education Department.

LIBERATE YOUR DEVICES: TAKING BACK CONTROL OF THE CLOUD
Peter Kaye Room
Register here.
Corporations, the NSA and CSEC (Communications Security Establishment Canada) are all able to access most of your electronic communications and private data. At this workshop you will learn how to use open-source technology that enables you to easily communicate using end-to-end encryption, liberating your devices to take back control of your life on the cloud. Bring your smartphone!

Sean Comeau (video message)
Paul Finch (BCGEU)

AFTERNOON PANELS & WORKSHOPS
Vancouver Public Library Central Branch (350 W. Georgia Street)

1:15 – 2:30 PM

THE BIG MEDIA CARTEL: JOURNALISM’S DECLINE IN A MANAGED DEMOCRACY
Alma VanDusen Room
Dwindling revenue streams and increased concentration of ownership in traditional journalism have contributed to layoffs, rampant commercialization, and the decline of the media as a public service. This panel will discuss whether Big Media act as an anti-democratic force in society and how it operates as a global cartel, manipulating institutions at all levels, even in the so-called Internet era.

Robert McChesney (video message)
Bob Hackett (SFU)
Adel Iskandar (SFU)
James Mainguy (Redeye)
Jahanzeb Hussain (Ricochet Media)

PETROCULTURES AND MEDIA ACTIVISM
Alice MacKay Room
The Canadian government has joined with the fossil fuel industry in aggressively promoting resource extraction and export as the engine of the Canadian economy. This panel will discuss how activists from First Nations, environmental groups, and local communities are turning to creative media strategies to inform and engage a critical citizenry in the ongoing debates about energy, climate and sustainability in Canada.

Ben West (ForestEthics)
Mario Canseco (Researcher)
Caleb Behn (Dene First Nation)
Linda Solomon (Vancouver Observer)

SHARING PRACTICES AND DIGITAL TOOLS FOR SOCIAL CHANGE
Peter Kaye Room
A vibrant movement of individuals, organizations and collectives is emerging that makes sharing and connecting with issues and a diverse collaborative ecosystem of popular advocacy more accessible than ever. On this panel, organizations share their ideas and digital resources, including stories about how communities are creating new digital tools to support social change.

Marcos Gomez (ACORN BC)
Meghan Sali (OpenMedia)
John Richardson (Ethelo Decisions)
Tara Mahoney (GenWhy Media)

2:45 – 4:00 PM
SO YOU WANNA BE AN INDIE JOURNALIST? (WORKSHOP)
Alma VanDusen Room

Are you an aspiring journalist? Want to get your work published in alternative media? Then this workshop is for you! Access some of Vancouver’s leading alternative journalists and publications, who will offer advice from their own experiences about how to become part of the thriving alternative media landscape in Vancouver. Learn how to get a scoop, what it takes to do investigative research, how to craft your story and where to go when you’re ready to make a pitch.

Jahanzeb Hussain (Ricochet)
David P. Ball (The Tyee)
Michael Stewart (Rabble.ca)

THE POLITICS OF PUBLIC VOICE
Alice MacKay Room
Attempts to stifle democratic debate and demonize political participation in Canada are on the rise. From draconian policing of protests to proroguing and shutting down debates in the federal parliament, to muzzling of scientists and digital surveillance, citizens are increasingly shut out of democracy. This panel will explore and debate strategies to address this information control and public participation blockade.

Jamie Biggar (LeadNow)
Gwen Barlee (Wilderness Committee)
Margot Young (UBC)
Stuart Poyntz (SFU)

SOCIAL MEDIA FOR SOCIAL CHANGE (WORKSHOP)
Peter Kaye Room

Learn how to use social media resources and access practical, ready-to-implement techniques and tips to help expand your work for social change through social media and the web.

Lindsey Bertrand (CCPA)

4:15 – 5:00 PM
CLOSING PLENARY
Vancouver Public Library Central Branch (350 W. Georgia Street) | Alice MacKay Room

Reilly Yeo (OpenMedia)
Reilly Yeo is a Community Engagement Specialist for OpenMedia.ca, and a co-creator with Groundswell (an alternatives-to-business school building a more inclusive economy in Vancouver). She is a passionate advocate for more participatory, democratic political and economic systems.

Kai Nagata (Dogwood Initiative)
Kai has led a career as a journalist with CBC and CTV. His writing often appears in the Toronto Star, the Tyee, DeSmog Canada, the Vancouver Sun and elsewhere. Kai is committed to building democracy through nonpartisan citizen engagement, and believes in fact-driven debates and speaking truth to power.

 

 

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