Conferences and Workshops

New ICTs + New Media = New Democracy?

Experts’ workshop
New America Foundation, 1899 L St NW, Washington, DC
September 20-22, 2011



Tuesday September 20

3:00-4:00 Welcome: Richard Taylor, Sascha Meinrath and Amit Schejter – intros on project, conference logistics, etc.


Part I: “ICTs and civil society”

4:15-5:15 Session I: Hintz, Arne, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
“Challenging the Digital Gatekeepers: International Policy Initiatives for Free Online Expression”

Respondent: Todd Wolfson, Rutgers University

5:30-6:30 Session II: Cobo, Cristobal, University of Oxford, UK
“Networks for Citizen Sourcing of Expertise in European Public Sector websites”
Respondent: Paul De Bijl, CPB Netherlands

7:30 Dinner: Beacon Bar and Grill, 1615 Rhode Island Avenue Northwest, Beacon Hotel & Corporate Quarters, Washington D.C., DC 20036.

Wednesday September 21

8:00-8:45 Breakfast

Part II: “New Media Revolutions: Myth and fact”

9:00-10:00 Session III: Christensen, Christian, Uppsala University, Sweden
“Discourses of Technology and Liberation: State Aid to Net Activists in an Era of “Twitter Revolutions””
Respondent: Ian Schuler, Senior Program Manager, Internet Freedoms Program, U. S. Department of State

10-10:15 Coffee break

10:15-11:15 Session IV: Liu, Chun & Qiaoqi, Lang, Southwest Jiaotong University, China
“Can “New Media” Change China? The Case Study on the Role of Microblog  Played in Democratizing China”
Respondent: Kiran Prasad, Sri Padmavati Mahila University, India

11:30-12:30 Session V: Wu, Irene S., Geogetown University and Federal Communications Commission, USA
“How to use information like ammunition or capital: analyzing politics through a network community lens.”
Respondent: Arne Hintz, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

12:30-2:00 Lunch:Le Coz, Clothilde, Reporters Without Borders
“Should Broadband policies be included in human rights strategy?”

2:15-3:15 Session VI: Martin, Brandie & Olorunnisola, Anthony, The Pennsylvania State University, USA
“Voicing Dissent from Kenya to Egypt: How new ICTs can either be “liberation” or “repression” technologies.”
Respondent: Christensen, Christian, Uppsala University, Sweden


Part III: Civic engagement
3:30-4:30 Session VII: Obar, Jonathan; Lampe, Clifford; Zube, Paul; & Velasquez, Alcides, Michigan State University, USA “Advocacy 2.0: An analysis of how advocacy groups in the United States use and perceive social media as a tool for enhancing civic engagement”
Respondent: Amit Schejter, Penn State University

4:30-4:45 Coffee break

5:00-6:00 Session VIII: Vernon, Rebecca & Epstein, Dmitry, Cornell University, USA
“Broadening the Spectrum for Participation: Lessons from Experiments of Online Public Engagement in Rulemaking”
Respondent: Jonathan Obar, Michigan State University

7 Dinner: Firefly Cafe 1310 New Hampshire Ave., NW Washington DC 20036

Thursday September 22

8:00-8:45 Breakfast

9:00-10:00 Session IX: Kiran Prasad, Sri Padmavati Mahila University, India
“New Media and Communications Policy: Modernizing Government through Digital Democracy ”
Respondent: Heather Hudson, University of Alaska

10:00-10:15 Coffee break


Part IV: Civil rights and civil liberties

10:15-11:15 Session X: Gangadharan, Seeta, Yale Law School and the New America Foundation, USA
“Digital inclusion and data profiling

Respondent: Richard D. Taylor, Penn State University

11:30-12:30 Session XI: Glassco, Debra, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, USA
“Micro-targeting, Narrowcasting, and the New American Campaign: A continuing examination”
Respondent: Brandie Martin, Penn State University

12:30-2 :00 Lunch: Aisenberg, Michael, Chairman, American Bar Association Information Security Committee Public Policy Working Group and Associate Editor, ABA SciTech Lawyer.
Defense & Homeland Security Center for Integrated Intelligence Systems, The MITRE Corporation
“America’s Recurring Civil Liberties Amnesia: How ICTs have promoted Subordination of Constitutional values, and what might be done about it.”

2:15-3:15 Session XII: Hossmann, Theus; Legendre, Franck; & Plattner, Bernhard, ETH Zürich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Switzerland
“Towards a Personal Communication Right Act”
Respondent: Sascha Meinrath, New America Foundation

3:30-4:30 Closing remarks