Global Media Policy Forum #GMPF16

Discussion on news media's views on Facebook's Free Basics, zero-rating and net neutrality.

Link to this page in Spanish: http://bit.ly/1TztKRU

Monday 13 June 2016
Salón Arsenal
Centro de Convenciones Cartagena de Indias
Getsemaní, Calle 24 #8A-344, Cartagena de Indias, Colombia

The Forum is held alongside WAN-IFRA flagship event World News Media Congress, the summit meetings of the world's press organized annually since 1948: bit.ly/1X977Uq

To read more about WAN-IFRA's Public Affairs and Media Policy work, go here: www.wan-ifra.org/policy

In the tradition of the Global Media Policy Forum, we tackle internationally relevant topics that have special relevance in the region that is hosting us. This year’s angle on the macro-topic of Net Neutrality was inspired by the fact that Colombia was the first Latin American country where Free Basics launched (in January 2015).

    FREE FOR ALL? FROM INTERNET.org TO FREE BASICS

    Facebook’s initiative to bring the Internet to the “next-billion” at no charge, faces controversy throughout the world. This session will discuss the opportunities and threats for the news media industry. It seems like a win-win situation – more people get access to the internet (even if in a limited fashion), while Facebook gets to increase its user base. In the words of Mark Zuckerberg “Who could possibly be against this?” However, some countries such as India and Chile, and other developing countries, have already said “no thanks”. Free Basics has been criticised for seemingly breaking the principles of net neutrality, and dividing the internet into “accessible” and “non-accessible” parts for its users. This gives Facebook and service providers the power to act as gatekeepers, allowing them to choose the content that users can access. Is it worth the bargain – is this better than no internet at all?

    PROGRAMME #GMPF16

    1st panel – views from the news media

    1st panel will examine the implications of Free Basics for freedom of expression and editorial integrity arising in the view of news media that share a market with the Facebook initiative. Moderator: - Daniel O'Maley, Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA) Panelists: - Ana Marie Pamintuan, Editor-in-Chief, The Philippine Star, The Philippines - José Antonio Sánchez, Digital Content Manager, El Tiempo, Colombia - Dr. Iqbal Survé, Executive Chairman, Independent Media, South Africa

    2nd panel – internet governance specialists

    2nd panel will bring in the discussion internet governance experts and civil society for a wider examination of zero-rating plans and their potential impact on news consumption. Moderator: - Courtney Radsch, CPJ: @courtneyr Panelists: - Francisco Carvalho de Brito Cruz, InternetLab - Konstantinos Komaitis, Internet Society @kkomaitis - Daniel O'Maley, Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA)

    WHO SHOULD ATTEND THE FORUM

    The forum is designed for publishers, editors, legal counsels, policy makers, press freedom organisations and interested members of the civil society.

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    Speakers

    - Courtney Radsch, CPJ: http://cpj.org/ @courtneyr - Ana Marie Pamintuan, Editor-in-Chief, The Philippine Star - Dr. Iqbal Survé, Executive Chairman, Independent Media, and Founder & Chairman, Sekunjalo Group, South Africa - José Antonio Sánchez, Digital Content Manager, El Tiempo, Colombia - Konstantinos Komaitis, Internet Society: http://www.internetsociety.org/ @kkomaitis - Daniel O'Maley, CIMA/NED: http://www.cima.ned.org/ - Francisco Carvalho de Brito Cruz, InternetLab: http://www.internetlab.org.br/

    Courtney Radsch

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    Ana Marie Pamintuan

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    Dr. Iqbal Survé

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    José Sánchez

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    Konstantinos Komaitis

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    Daniel O’Maley

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    Francisco Brito Cruz

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    Inquiries: Elena Perotti WAN-IFRA Media Policy and Public Affairs @E_Perotti elena.perotti@wan-ifra.org

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