Digital Face-off: The future of news on global technology platforms

Date and time

Melbourne/Sydney: Wednesday 26 May 2021, 10.00am

New York: Tuesday 25 May 2021, 8.00pm

Via Zoom: Please register via the link to attend online: https://unimelb.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ebyYuGFRTpimdKDvlX5Fkg

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

In person: All panellists will present online, but you can join us and watch the webinar on the big screen on Level 2 of the Digital Studio, West Wing of Arts West (Building 148) via the rear lift. Please email digital-studio@unimelb.edu.au to let us know if you plan to attend in person.

This event is being hosted by the Digital Studio in conjunction with The Centre for Advancing Journalism

Description

In March 2021, Australia led the world in establishing the mandatory News Media Bargaining Code to force Google and Facebook to pay for the journalism it republishes to attract viewers and advertising. This development has long-term implications for digital platforms and the sustainability of the news media as well as for concepts of knowledge-sharing in an open society. Some argue that this legislation entrenches the power of existing media outlets by monetising content and therefore threatens the very freedom of the internet, while others argue that it will continue the work of democratising access to quality journalism and information sharing.

Who should own knowledge content on global tech platforms? How can, or should, global media giants be made accountable? How is the media landscape changing under the influence of new threats and controls?

The implications of Australia’s contribution to this extraordinary new public policy will be discussed by a panel of industry leaders and media insiders, including:

Professor Jeff Jarvis
Professor Jeff Jarvis

Professor Jeff Jarvis

The Leonard Tow Professor of Journalism at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, New York

Lizzie O’Shea
Lizzie O’Shea

Lizzie O’Shea

The Chair of Digital Rights Watch

Dan Stinton
Dan Stinton

Dan Stinton

The Managing Director of Guardian Australia