CFP: Media Accountability – Possibilities and Pitfalls in the Era of Web 2.0

International Conference on Media Accountability at the University of Lugano, 27/28 January 2012, Lugano, Switzerland.
Digitization of media and the resulting convergence of print, broadcasting and telecommunications have altered the media landscape significantly in recent years. The traditional mass media is thus confronted with a variety of new online competitors like social media sites or others produced by users themselves (blogs, for instance). This new competition puts traditional and established accountability models such as press councils, ombudsmen or ethic codes in question. However, new digital opportunities allow the recipients to actively participate in the debate on how the media are to be held accountable – even though, at the moment, the number of people who actively participate in the debate remains rather low.
Submissions focusing on media accountability, in particular with regard to new online technologies such as social media (Facebook, Twitter etc.) and innovative Web-based accountability processes are encouraged. Deadline for submissions: October 31, 2011.

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