Tuesday, 01 July 2014

BICC Workshop at the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum 2014

“From Information to Participation—Challenges for the Media” is the issue of the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum from 30 June to 2 July 2014 at the World Conference Center Bonn (WCCB). On 1 July, BICC will conduct the workshop “Western surveillance technologies and ‘ungoverned spaces’—Challenges to protect (media) freedom”.


The BICC workshop will discuss the following questions:

·    Social media and online journalism under attack: How state authorities misuse the Internet to intimidate and suppress the opposition? (Egypt and other cases)

·    How do surveillance technologies work?

·    The cyberspace as “ungoverned space”: What is the logic behind this concept and where do we meet it?

·    Challenges in export control: How can a comprehensive, institutionally supported set of rules and regulations, which foresees a general authorization when exporting security and surveillance technologies suited to violate human rights be implemented?

Panelists will be:

Menso Heus, Coordinator Internet Protection Lab, The Netherlands

Conrad Schetter, Director for Research at BICC,  Germany

Marc von Boemcken, researcher at BICC and co-editor of the German Peace Report,  Germany

Moderator: Ahmed Khalifa, researcher and photo journalist, Egypt / Germany


The Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum is a congress with international reach. Having grown steadily since its launch in 2008, more than 2,500 people from130 nations took part in the most recent conference in June 2013. The forum draws people from the fields of media, politics, culture, business, development cooperation, academia and civil society. They discuss and design approaches to meeting the challenges of global development in which the media play a central role.

“From Information to Participation—Challenges for the Media” is the issue of the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum 2014. The Internet has become a societal foundation for global communications. The digital era opens vast opportunities, but it also poses risks. Combating internet abuse is a challenge to both policy makers and business.

Once primarily a one-way street, "the information highway" has since about the turn of the century developed into a truly interactive medium. People can go online to create and co-shape social and political movements, forcing "conventional" media to consistently rethink and revitalize the ways they perceive, address and engage their audiences. More participation, social action and public interest in political decision-making is democratizing news and societies. What does this mean for media reporting, public opinion-making and forms of governance? And how do they impact each other in the ways they operate? The conference will focus on these and related complexities.

Program information