Langtidsprosjekter – FutureLab Europe

Europe@debate: The Role of New Social and Digital Media in the European Public Sphere

Together with the Körber Foundation, and as part of the FutureLab Europe project, the Fritt Ord Foundation invites the public to a debate on Monday 1 September, from 1.30 p.m. to 4 p.m., at Fritt Ord, Oslo, to discuss these the role of new social and digital media in the European public sphere.

Traditional media, such as newspapers, magazines, radio and television are often perceived as the stronghold of the older generations. Digital natives, born into the information age, are said to prefer online media. Does this divide reflect the European media landscape today? If we presume that an open and transparent exchange of ideas is a prerequisite for a healthy democracy – what does it say about the EU that this seems to be missing? On which arenas are European citizens most likely to engage in political debates? Can social media open up a new space for discussing the European Project?

You can follow the debate via live stream or on Twitter at #FLE2014.

For more information, see Facebook event, or the FutureLab position paper (pdf).

1:30 Welcome by Knut Olav Åmås, Director of Fritt Ord

1:35 An introduction to FutureLab Europe, by Anne-Lise Sognnes, Fritt Ord

1:40 Presentation of The Role of New Social and Digital Media in the European Public Sphere, a FutureLab position paper, by Enja Sæthren and Doru Toma, FutureLab Europe participants

1:50 "The revolution will not be livestreamed: Why a "European Public Sphere" is a far-fetched dream" Key note by Gregor Peter Schmitz, Der Spiegel

Gregor Peter Schmitz is the Europe correspondent for Der Spiegel. He is a graduate of Harvard University (MPA) and Cambridge University (MPhil) and holds a law degree from Munich University. He also studied at Sciences-Po Paris and earned a doctorate in political science.

2:10 “Localising the news: EU coverage and cross-border journalism" Key note by Lisbeth Kirk, EU Observer

Lisbeth Kirk is the founder and managing editor of EUobserver. She has a degree from the Danish School of Media and Journalism. Prior to EUobserver, she worked as a journalist, analyst, editor, and consultant for Danish media, including Notat and Danmarks Radio.

2:30 Conversation between key note speakers and FutureLab Europe participants

2:50 Break

3:00 The Web as a Public Space: panel debate with Kait Bolongaro, Bente Kalsnes, Sten Inge Jørgensen, Stephan Kool and Kati Temonen. Moderator: Øyvind Solstad.

Kait Bolongaro is a journalist and photographer, and currently the Editor-in-Chief for the English edition of café She is also working on her thesis for the Erasmus Mundus Masters in Journalism, Media and Globalisation. She is originally from Vancouver, Canada, but lives and works in Paris.

Bente Kalsnes is a ph.d candidate at Institute for Media and Communication, University of Oslo, and part of the Social Media and Agenda-Setting in Election Campaigns-project. She has previously worked as a communication advisor and a journalist. She has been blogging for several years, and is one of the founders of the tech network Girl Geek Dinners Oslo and the conference Nordic Techpolitics.

Sten Inge Jørgensen is a journalist on international affairs for Morgenbladet, a Norwegian weekly newspaper. His major area of coverage is Europe and EU-affairs. He has also written several books on foreign policy issues. This September he launches a book about Germany as the rising power in Europe.

Øyvind Solstad is the head of social media and user involvement at VG, a leading Norwegian newspaper. Until April 2010, he worked as a technology advisor at NRK (Norwegian Broadcasting) and was the editor of NRK’s technology blog

Stephan Kool and Kati Temonen are FutureLab Europe participants.

15.55: Concluding remarks