A roundtable about the societal consequences of the current digititalisation of communication, and the chances of establishing a constantly updated scientific exchange on the internet, regarding current developments in digititalisation.
The international discourse on the digititalisation of communication and its implications for the dialogue within and between civil societies is currently dominated by questions of the revolutionary development of technical standards and features, the accumulation of globalised market power, and different profiles of national media power politics.
The national and international societal discourse about the cultural and social aspects of digital communication, the consequences for the constitution of the media, and the tendencies of globalisation, on the other hand, is too limited.
A key question is whether, in addition to the main streams of the global digititalisation of communication, there is a multifaceted digititalisation of existing digital and economic power. There is also a geopolitical question of whether a third, independent way of digititalisation is conceivable for developing countries or emerging countries.
The roundtable, ‘Digital Dialogue of Civilizations’, emerges from a workshop on digititalisation that has been organised by the World Public Forum since 2012 at its annual conference in Rhodes.
This discourse is inter-culturally and scientifically oriented. The particular constellation of the keynote-speakers of the roundtable offers the possibility of a balance between the characteristics of national and global digital communication developments, and the possibility of referring to ideas from the recently completed study, ‘Media Systems in Flux – The Challenge of the BRICS Countries’.
At the same time, the roundtable aims to be the starting point of a digital research association that promotes dialogue within science and the application of a constantly updated internet platform, which will be coordinated by Humboldt University. The university also intends to bring the project into the new Einstein-Center, a joint venture to improve the IT discourse in Berlin whereby five universities organise noncommercial exchange.
The round table will take place at the DOC Offices in Berlin on 26th April, from 11:00-15:30.
Admission is only possible upon prior registration.
Keynote speakers in Berlin, and partners in the internet project ‘Digital Dialogue of Civilizations’ are:
Ji Dequiang, Communications University of China
Elena Vartanova, Lomonossov University Moscow
Wolfgang Mühl-Benninghaus, Humboldt University Berlin
Kaarle Nordenstreng, University of Tampere
Daya Thussu, India Media Center of Westminster University of London
Herman Wassermann, University of Cape Town
Thomas Fasbender, DOC Research Institute
Michael Bärtl, DOC Research Institute
Klemens Witte, DOC Research Institute
Jiahong Chen, DOC Research Institute
Moderator: Jens Wendland, Berlin
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