[Air-l] Beyond Broadcast 2007

David M Silver dmsilver at usfca.edu
Mon Feb 5 13:29:27 PST 2007

this sure looks interesting ... david


For 50 years broadcast media have played a powerful role in shaping
political culture and mediating citizen engagement in the democratic
process. Now a participatory culture is putting the tools of media
creation and critique in the hands of citizens themselves. We invite
you to explore the means and meaning of this transformation:

    Beyond Broadcast 2007
    From Participatory Culture to Participatory Democracy

    Saturday, February 24th, 2007
    Kirsch Auditorium, Stata Center
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Cambridge, Massachusetts
    info at beyondbroadcast.net

Keynote: Henry Jenkins, Director of the Comparative Media Studies
program at MIT and author of "Convergence Culture: Where Old and New
Media Collide"

Followed by panels, open-meeting discussions, demos, and birds-of-a-
feather dinners.


On February 24th, MIT Comparative Media Studies will host a
conference in collaboration with Harvard?s Berkman Center for
Internet and Society and the Information Society Project at Yale Law
School. The one-day event will be held at MIT, and is entitled
?Beyond Broadcast: From Participatory Culture to Participatory
Democracy.? It will bring together industry experts, academic
leaders, public media professionals, and political activists for
panel discussions and focused working groups.

Beyond Broadcast 2007 builds on the overwhelming success of last
year?s sold-out event, ?Beyond Broadcast 2006: Reinventing Public
Media in a Participatory Culture? held at Harvard Law School. Over
350 people took part in-person and online through the virtual world
Second Life. Attendees used several unique online tools, including a
web-based ?question tool? to probe panelists, a collaborative wiki,
live blogging, flickr photo sharing, del.icio.us tagging, and YouTube
video production. These tools enabled the conference to practice what
it preached, turning the event into a two-way participatory
interaction in contrast with many conferences. The tools have been
expanded upon this year, already spurring an active conversation on
the conference web site, weeks before the event.

Henry Jenkins will give the Keynote Address, followed by panel
discussions from media makers and policy commentators. Details of
these panels are being updated on the conference web site http://

In the second-half of the day, the conference turns its focus to
working groups that attendees will help organize. Building on themes
coming from the plenary sessions, participants will target specific
issues or questions and join efforts with the diverse crowd of
others. In the past, these groups have been facilitated by thought
leaders in technology, policy, and academia. Many attendees last year
expressed their appreciation for this hybrid conference approach in
which they had a chance to ?do something before heading home.?

There will also be an evening reception, called ?Demos and Drinks,?
showcasing groups that are doing exciting work related to conference

Registration is only $50 (before February 9), and includes lunch and
the evening reception. There is also a special 50% discount for
students. The conference follows the 2007 Public Media Conference
taking place in Boston February 20-23 (http://integratedmedia.org).
It is suggested that you register early to avoid losing a spot if
Beyond Broadcast sells out again this year.

info at beyondbroadcast.net

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