Political Polarization and Media Fragmentation – A Threat to the Swedish Socialist Haven?

Michela Zabaglia, Johannes Sternberger, Annika Hoffmann, Constantin Blaschke, Daniela Floris, Melina Johanne Tasiovasilis, Viktoria Hammerschmid, Paulina Grzegorzewska, Lucia Albo

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Scandinavian democracies have long been acknowledged to be the “moral superpowers” of European societies, states Christine Ingebritsen, Professor of Scandinavian Studies at the University of Washington. Stable welfare systems, consensus-oriented governments and a strong sense of solidarity within national communities characterized an image of the Scandinavian countries where social democratic center-left dominance has long been the norm. Media fragmentation and political polarization in combination with the rise of the Sweden Democrats threaten that particular image.

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Rise and Shine Europe – an Insider’s Look into the Creative Market

Francisco Abadia, Eirini Digka, Elena Kutsarova, Carlos Magalhães, Zsofia Meszaros, Valeriia Panova, Savvinna Sinopidou, Maria Trofimova

Interview with Elena Lai

For the past 20 years, technological developments have had a significant impact on the audiovisual landscape, changing competition practices and reshaping the structure of the audiovisual services market. The European Union (EU) faces several challenges to safeguard the viable production of native audiovisual content and boost competitiveness. With the ever-rising digitalization of the audiovisual industry and the emergence of a few dominant players, the European Council have adopted initiatives such as the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD) and the Creative Europe program. Both are designed to promote cultural diversity and stimulate European audiovisual production and distribution.

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Journalism in the Digital Storm

Bianca Manelli, Chantal Cocherová, Georgios Evgenidis, Jiahuan He, Lara Corrado, Suhasni      Midha, Yuliia Hladka, Zeynep Atilgan Ozgenc

What is news? What makes somebody a journalist? In the era of social media and blogs, the answers to these questions are not as clear as they were 10 years ago. With professional journalism still struggling to work through the digitalization of media, the rise of citizen journalism challenges the definition of both news and journalist.

Citizen smartphone journalism

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Media Owners Never Hit the Headlines. How Come?

Panagiota Sdoukou, Lina Dahbour, Camilla Falsetti, Lucas Moore, María Migallón, Evelina Nõmme, Louis Toussaint, Yavuz S. Ugurtas

Transparency over media ownership: What is the status quo in Europe?

“Access Info Europe has carried out a research across Europe and we proved that it is impossible to know who is behind the media” says Helen Darbshire, Excecutive Director, Access Info Europe.

According to the Center for Media Pluralism and Freedom “Media ownership concentration remains one of the most significant risks to media pluralism and is seen as creating barriers to diversity of information and viewpoints.”

Unfortunately, there is no generic answer to the question “what is the state of media ownership transparency in Europe”. Over the past years, there were extreme cases of media manipulation unveiled in Europe, which have sparked a debate on media freedom and media ownership.

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AI vs. GDPR: Finding the Balance Between Ethics and Innovation

Isadora Tostes de Souza Barros, Busra Islek, Ruya Ince, Abeera Junaid Aslam, Réka Zsuzsanna Szitter, Eleftheria Katsi, Marta Soliño, Ceren Yaycili and Oyinkansola Awolo

The strict rules of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) are likely to have a serious impact on the competitiveness of the Artificial Intelligence (AI) sector in Europe. The European Commission wants to assure customers and foreign investors with its EU strategy for AI that aims for the creation of European AI models that operate “ethically”. Although an ambitious AI strategy, it disregards the complexity of the new technologies and could potentially leave the EU behind in the AI race.

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Ready for our first speaker, Ross Biggam, Vice President Government Relation EMEA, Discovery Communications?

Technology has changed the way we interact with each other and our environment, and in turn, this has changed the way of storytelling in modern broadcasting. How do we analyse the threats and challenges for broadcasting today in this unpredictable digital era? Is it still possible for traditional broadcasters to develop and thrive again by grasping the emerging opportunities? Within this context, we have invited our first speaker Ross Biggam to bring us insights based on his expertise and open the floor for discussion.

Lecture Theme:  Threats and Opportunities for Broadcasting in the Digital Era.

 Our first Lecture will take place in Room Q.B from 17:00-19:00,  Next Tuesday, March 6th .

Ross Biggam, our first Guest Speaker, is currently Vice President Government Relation EMEA, Discovery Communications. After studying at Exeter and Saarbrücken, Ross worked as Legal Adviser to the House of Lords EU Select Committee before joining ITV, the leading commercial broadcaster in the UK, where he ended up as Head of European Affairs. In April 2000, he moved to Brussels to become Director General of the Association of Commercial Television in Europe (ACT) before moving to Discovery in November 2015. Ross is also Visiting Professor in Creative Industries at the University of Glasgow.

The Brussels Talking Lecture Series welcome students and academics from different disciplines, practitioners and journalists, as well as interested and committed citizens! Our goal is to gather ideas, thoughts and insights on topical debates about economic, political, technical, legal and societal aspects of media and communication in Europe.

Interested? Please register at: http://www.vub.ac.be/en/events/2018/brussels-talking

Registration is for free but compulsory!