Conference: How does Technology Transform Media and Public Opinion?

Utrecht 26 Sep 2018, 3.30 PM - 28 Aug 2018, 6.00 PM

The conference "How does Technology Transform Media and Public Opinion? - about Digital Platforms and the Future of Free Speech" will be held in Science Park Utrecht on September 26, 2018

At the seminar we want to look at the new digital media landscape, where fake news and hate comments have become a part of our everyday lives, and discuss the topics:  How can we defend the freedom of speech and expression in this new digital landscape? Who carries the responsibility? Is there a need for new legislation, or should we take light grass-roots initiatives that counteract the new development and combat online abuse? How can we include and encourage the younger generation to participate in the protection of the freedom of words for the future?


9:30-12:30 Workshop for Students. led by Senior Lecturer Dennis Nguyen, University of Applied Sciences Utrecht

15.30 Conference start: Welcome and Introduction

15:45 SESSION 1: Technological Foundations and the Revolution of Communication - How Big Tech Changes the Public Sphere

16.15 SESSION 2: Potentials vs.  Threats - Assessing the Pro's and Con's for Free Speech

16.30 SESSION 3: Responsibilities and Remedies

17.10 Discussions with all speakers and audience

17.45 Opening of exhibition "The Swedish Freedom of the Press Unfolded"

H.E. Mrs. Annika Markovic, Ambassador of Sweden to the
Christopher Kullenberg, Senior Lecturer, University of Gothenburg,
Brit Stakston, Media Consultant, Stakston PR, Sweden
Sofia Karlberg, Deputy Director for Communication, Swedish
Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Coen van den Wen, Journalist, De Groene Amsterdammer
Rutger de Quay, Freelancer
Dennis Nguyen, Senior Lecturer, Utrecht University of Applied Sciences (moderator)

Location: Utrecht University of Applied Sciences, Utrecht Science Park (De Uithof), Padualaan 101, Room: PL101-2.404
Participation free of charge
Registration for the conference via email to: 

Background information:
Sweden and the Netherlands are both countries in the forefront when it comes to freedom of the press and the support of free speech.  Both countries rank very high on the World Press Freedom Index - Sweden in second place and the Netherlands in fifth place (2017).  The Netherland is one of the initiators of the Freedom Online Coalition, where Sweden is also included.

The conference is organised by the Embassy of Sweden in The Hague and The Institute of Communication at the University of Applied Sciences Utrecht in cooperation with the Swedish Institute.

Last updated 28 Aug 2018, 3.09 PM
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