Organized by Simon Fraser University’s School of Communication, OpenMedia.ca, and the Vancouver Public Library, this year’s Media Democracy Days (MDD) will focus on two themes: information control and aboriginal voices. The program features two full days of public events including a film screening of Terms and Conditions May Apply (2013), hands-on workshops, a media fair, and numerous panel discussions on the state of Canada’s media systems.
Media Democracy Days – a long running media reform conference – will showcase two keynote speakers this year to help expand on the themes of information control and aboriginal voices:
BC’s Information and Privacy Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, who will speak on the importance of privacy safeguards in an era of data mining and mass surveillance.
Jennifer David, author of Original People. Original Television. The Launching of the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network and one of the founding members of APTN.
MDD’s programming comes in response to the events of the past year – specifically, the revelations of the US government’s NSA spying program, stories of whistleblowers such as Edward Snowden or Private Manning, and unprecedented levels of aboriginal resistance in the wake of proposed pipeline projects and the #IdleNoMore movement.
MDD’s events will host over 30 media makers, academics, and community organizers talking on issues ranging from cyber-bullying to environmental journalism. See www.mediademocracydays2013.ca for a full list of events.
MDD 2013 is a partnership of SFU’s School of Communication, OpenMedia.ca, and The Vancouver Public Library, and is sponsored in part by Vancity.
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