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Focus Session 4 European mediascape: how to (re)create a trusted public sphere?

1 June 14:45

First discussion 24 April 2021

Second discussion 12 May 2021

Proposed description: (by Yrjö Länsipuro, amended by Nicola Frank, EBU)

After a decade of turbulence in the media field caused by the rise of global platforms, the arbitrary decision to ban President Trump from Twitter and Facebook came as a telling example of the power of platforms, and served as a wake-up call for the rest of the world. In Europe, remedial policy to curb the excessive power of tech giants has gained new urgency, as has the search for alternative means of restoring a trusted public sphere. These efforts are reviewed and evaluated at Focus Session 4, with input from media- and content-related workshops held earlier during the 2021 EuroDIG. FS 4 will also examine media initiatives to counter disinformation and to (re)create a trusted public sphere in Europe. These initiatives address common standards and journalism ethics, cooperation among European public service media and reinvigorating grassroots media, among others.

Organisation of the focus session

Yrjö Länsipuro will report from the session.

Moderator: Liz Corbin, Deputy Media Director, Head of News, EBU (confirmed)

The moderator will lead through the discussions of the input and the output sessions.

The session is organized in three parts:

Input session – 45 min

Proposed and confirmed speakers:

  • Petra Kammerevert, Member of the European Parliament (confirmed): She will give her view on a European Public Sphere to be reflected in a Report of the European Parliament
  • Matthias Pfeffer, TV journalists and producer, co-author of ‘The Human Imperative, Power, Freedom and Democracy in the Age of AI’ (confirmed)
  • Olle Zachrison, Head of Digital News Strategy, Swedish Radio(confirmed): He will present a concrete project, the EBU's 'A European Perspective' project.
  • Giovanni De Gregorio, Postdoctoral researcher, Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford (confirmed)
  • Viktorya Muradyan, European Youth Press (confirmed): She will tell us what young people expect from a European Public Sphere.

Breakout session – 45 min

We will break out in three different sessions:

  • Breakout session 1: Can EU regulation support the European public sphere? Reports back from WS 1: Digital services regulation – opportunities and challenges - Vittorio Bertola and WS 6 Copyright – Implementation of the EU directive - Gregory Engels
  • Breakout session 2: The European mediascape an trusted content. Reports back from WS 9: Content moderation on the Internet infrastructure level – Where does censorship begin? - Sebastian Schwemer and WS 10: Fake News – Dissolving Superstitions with Media Literacy - Maia Simonishvili
  • Breakout session 3: Can self- and co-regulation contribute to the public sphere? Report back from WS 12: Best practices of self- and co-regulation of platforms towards a legal framework – Giacomo Mazzone

Output session - 45 min

Breakout groups will report back and high-level summarizing messages presented.

Next steps:

  • Preparatory discussion with FG4 members on 9 June at 16:30 BXL time
  • Preparatory discussion with speakers to be fixed