2012 PROGRAM GUIDE

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Media Democracy Days 2012
Welcome
For those new to Media Democracy Days, I’d like to welcome each of you and give you an idea of who we are, and what you can expect at this year’s events. Media Democracy Days is organized by the Media Democracy Project, a group of people from both the academic and activist communities who are committed to democratizing the media. We believe that the media are central to democracy for at least three reasons: (i) They are a significant source of political and cultural information for Canadians. (ii) They make some perspectives or messages part of the public discourse and neglect or omit others. And (iii) they are increasingly owned by large corporate conglomerates, who wield significant political and economic power. Our project is to promote democracy both within the media system and through the media, and focus on three principles, Know the media | Be the media | Change the media To know the media is to understand how the media system works, what content is excluded, how it developed this way, and what the effects are. For example, you can learn more about the effect of ownership on labour practices in this year’s panel on “Working in the Communications and Creative Industries”. You can also explore trends in media content and practices in the panels on “Decolonizing Media”, “Muzzling the Scientists” and “Big Data and Political Marketing”. To be the media means enhancing the opportunities for citizens to actively participate in media-making. This year we are offering three hands-on workshops on Friday for participants to learn about making community radio, promoting missing stories, and filmmaking for political change. As well, all day Saturday we host a Media Fair in the Promenade of the Vancouver Public Library, where over thirty groups will be displaying the important work they are do year round. I urge you to take some time to check out these vibrant community organizations. To change the media recognizes that if we are to re-imagine a functioning democratic media we have to intervene in the existing mediascape and make it different. This means engaging with questions of policy – an area where our partner group, OpenMedia.ca has been particularly effective. More discussion about changing the media can be found at the panel discussions on “Who’s Watching You: The Policitis of Surveillance” and “Keeping the Media Public”. Now, more than ever, we need media that is diverse, responsive, and that enhances democracy. Our hope is that you leave MDD inspired to take part in changing and recreating the media system. Kathleen Cross Chair, Media Demoracy Project

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MDD OVERVIEW Organizers & Volunteers

Who We Are

Media Democracy Project Steering Committee
Robert A. Hackett is a founding member of Media Demcracy Days, and is a Professor in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University. Steve Anderson is the Executive Director of OpenMedia.ca, and has been involved with MDD since 2007. Kathleen Cross is an Assistant Professor in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University and currently serves as Chair of the Steering Committee. Stuart Poyntz is an Assistant Professor in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University and currently serves as Programming Advisor for MDD. Tyler Morgenstern is the Program Director at the BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association, and has been active with MDD since 2009.

MDD 2012 Staff
Joshua D. Tabish serves as the Lead Coordinator for MDD and is currently completing his undergraduate degree at SFU. Kavya Joseph is an undergraduate student at SFU and serves as MDD’s Co-Coordinator for 2012.

MDD 2012 Organizing Committee

The Media Democracy Project Steering Committee, plus... Sophie Daviau Dempsey (SFU), Fiona Jeffries (SFU), Chris Jeschelnik (SFU), Michael Markwick (Capilano University), Imran Munir (SFU), Amanda Oye (SFU), Lindsey Pinto (OpenMedia.ca), Robert Prey (SFU), Alexandra Tse (SFU) Sarah Busch (Writer), Justin Byers (Writer), Marianela Ramos Capelo (Logo & Event Poster Designer), Matt Johnstone (Public Relations), Marcin Lasinski (MDD’s Videographer), Courtney McLaughlin (CounterCulture Promotions Coordinator), Alexandra Tse (Media Fair Coordinator), Lina Zarate (Community Outreach Coordinator), plus many more who will become involved after this goes to print...

MDD 2012 Volunteers

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Table of Contents

MDD Programme Table of Contents

MDD OVERVIEW

Media Democracy Days 2012 Overview..................................................... 5 Friday Afternoon: Plenary Session & Vancouver Youth Digital Media Ecology Research Symposium.......................................................... 6 Julian Sefton-Green Friday Afternoon: Workshops........................................................................ 7 Promoting Missing Stories Making Radio for Social Change: A Hands On Workshop Media, Revolutions and Regimes Friday Evening: Opening Keynote & Film Screening............................. 8 Keynote Talk: Sunera Thobani Film: Words of Witness (2012) [Documentary | Directed by Mai Iskander] MDD Opening Reception Sponsored by Vancity Saturday: Opening Plenary............................................................................ 9 Keynote Talk: Ricardo Dominguez Panel Topics: Overview.................................................................................... 10 Panels: ‘Keeping the Media Public’.................................................................... 11 ‘Big Data and Political Marketing’....................................................... 12 ‘Muzzling the Scientists’......................................................................... 13 Programme Snapshot....................................................................................... 14-15 Panels, continued... ‘Decolonizing Media’.............................................................................. 16 ‘Who’s Watching You? The Politics of Surveillance’........................ 17 ‘Working in the Communications and Creative Industries’........... 18 Saturday: Closing Plenary............................................................................... 19 Media Fair Participants.................................................................................... 20-24 CounterCulture Series: Upcoming Event.................................................. 25 MDD Sponsors and Supporters................................................................... 26-28

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Friday, November 2
What:

Media Democracy Days Overview

MDD OVERVIEW

Plenary Session & Interactive Workshops
Julian Sefton-Green will kick off Friday with a plenary session on non-formal youth education. Afterwards, members of Redeye (CFRO100.5FM) will tackle Making Radio for Social Change, representatives from rabble.ca will teach strategies for Promoting The Missing Stories. Finally, The Cinematheque will host a workshop on Media, Revolutions and Regimes. Vancouver Public Library, Central Library (350 W. Georgia St.) 12:00-5:30PM. Entry is free, but seating is limited. Pre-registration via mdd2012workshops.eventbrite.com is recommended.

Where: When: Cost:

Opening Keynote, Film Screening, and Reception:
What: Where: When: Cost: A keynote address by Sunera Thobani on gender, race, and the media, and a screening of Words of Witness [2012 | Documentary | Director Mai Iskander]. The Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema at SFU Woodward’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (149 West Hastings St.). Doors open at 6:00PM, the event begins at 6:30PM. The film will be followed by a Q&A session and MDD Opening Reception Sponsored by Vancity. Entry is free, but seating is limited. Pre-registration via mdd2012filmscreening.eventbrite.com is recommended.

Saturday, November 3 Afternoon Panels & Plenary Speeches
What: Plenary session featuring Ricardo Dominguez, the founder of the Electronic Disturbance Theatre and one of the designers of the Transborder Immigrant Tool. The day will feature panels addressing science communication, the role of public media, surveillance, countercolonial media, labour in the communications sectors, and political marketing. Vancouver Public Library, Central Library (350 W. Georgia St.). 12:00PM-5:30PM. Entry is free, but seating is limited in some session rooms.

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The Vancouver Youth Digital Media Ecology Research Symposium
Peter Kaye Room, VPL Central Library, Friday, November 2, 12:00-5:30PM

FRIDAY AFTERNOON

Plenary Session
Plenary Session | 12:00-1:00PM | Open to the Public Julian Sefton-Green - From Creative Learning to Creative Lives: Contextualising the Youth and Community Non-Formal Education Sector The place of ‘not-school’ learning organizations is firmly if unequally established as part of the ‘ecologies’ of educational provision in many cities across the developed world. In many of these initiatives there is an interest in and commitment to a range of creative activities, art, drama and forms of media making. In this talk Julian SeftonGreen reflects on what it means to talk about learning outside of school and explore the significance of some ‘creative biographies’ - examining the effect over time on people who participate in such initiatives when young and what difference it might make to them from a life-long perspective.

Plenary Speaker
Julian Sefton-Green is an independent consultant and researcher working in Education and the Cultural and Creative Industries. He is currently Principal Research Fellow at the Department of Media & Communication, London School of Economics, and a research associate at the University of Oslo working on projects in London and Oslo exploring learning and learner identity in schooling and community learning. He is an Honorary Professor of Education at the University of Nottingham, UK and the Institute of Education, Hong Kong.

Research Symposium
YDME Research Symposium | 1:00-5:00PM | By Invitation Hosted by: Stuart Poyntz, Research Director, YDME Project The Youth Digital Media Ecologies (YDME) Research Symposium is part of the YDME Research Project (funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council). We explore the youth media production scene in Vancouver and ask: How many groups do this work in the Lower Mainland, what are their similarities and differences, how (if at all) do groups work together, what conditions are helping or harming their development? How do they create innovative ways of making media with youth?

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Friday Afternoon Workshops
VPL Central Library, Friday, November 2, 1:00-5:30PM

FRIDAY AFTERNOON

Workshop #1

Making Radio for Social Change: A Hands On Workshop
(Alma VanDusen Room, 1:00-2:20PM) A hands-on introduction to accessing and creating community radio. Participants will discover the pros and cons of different techniques for broadcast journalism, as well as why communtiy radio is uniquely suited to those with a keen interest in non-commercial and anti-establishment programming. If you want to develop needed skills, this workshop is for you! Led by members of Redeye, CFRO Community Radio’s longest running public affairs program, broadcasting at 100.5 FM every Saturday from 9:00AM-12:00PM.

Workshop #2

Promoting The Missing Stories
(Alma VanDusen Room, 2:30-3:50PM) ‘Promoting the Missing Stories’ is aimed at engaging participants in both identifying under reported stories and developing new strategies for how we might make them more visible. Hosted by members of rabble.ca, one of Canada’s leading non-profit independent media organizations, this workshop enhances opportunities for citizens to actively participate in media-making, and draw attention to stories and perspectives obscured by dominant, highly-commercialized, and increasingly consolidated news media.

Workshop #3

Media, Revolutions and Regimes
(Alma VanDusen Room, 4:00-5:20PM) In all revolutions across history and geography, communication and technology have played a crucial role in the spreading of ideas. The use of the printing press during the French Revolution, the propagandist films of Nazi Germany, and more recently the use of social media during the Arab Spring all illustrate how revolutionaries and oppressors alike have utilized communication technologies. This workshop engages us in discussion about how different media tools have been used to attempt to surveil and control societies, and how the very same tools can be taken up as weapons of revolution. Join us to analyze what it takes to not only cause a revolution, but to create one as well, and how that matters to us in the new information society of the 21st century. Hosted by The Cinematheque.

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FRIDAY EVENING
Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, SFU Woodward’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts Friday, November 2, 6:30PM-11:00PM

Opening Keynote & Film Screening
Keynote Speaker

Sunera Thobani is a Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of British Columbia. Her extensive community work includes serving as the president of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women (NAC), where she was committed to making the politics of anti-racism central to the women’s movement. She regularly speaks on a variety of issues, including the impact of globalization on women’s citizenship, Canadian immigration and social policy, new reproductive technologies, violence against women, and women and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC). Her current research includes a Hampton Research Grant project, Gender, Globalization and International Conflict: Representation of Women in the Print Media’ and a SSHRC funded project, Television Representations of Women and the War on Terrorism.

Film: Words of Witness
Words of Witness (2012) [Egypt/U.S. | Documentary | Director Mai Iskander] Every time 22-year-old Heba Afify heads out to cover the historical events shaping her country’s future, her mother is compelled to remind her, “I know you are a journalist, but you’re still a girl!” Defying cultural norms and family expectations, Heba takes to the streets to report on an Egypt in turmoil, using tweets, texts and Facebook posts. Her coming of age, political awakening and the disillusionment that follows, mirrors that of a nation seeking the freedom to shape its own destiny, dignity and democracy.

Introduction

www.wordsofwitness.com

Kathleen Cross is an Assistant Professor in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University where her research interests include democratic communication, news media analysis, gender in media, public opinion, and the analysis of political campaigns and elections. She serves as National Coordinator for the Global Media Monitoring Project, focused on gender representation in media.

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SATURDAY AFTERNOON
Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch, Alice MacKay Room Saturday, November 3, 12:00PM-1:00PM

Opening Plenary

Plenary Speaker

Ricardo Dominguez is a co-founder of The Electronic Disturbance Theater (EDT), a group who developed Virtual-Sit-In technologies in 1998 in solidarity with the Zapatista communities in Chiapas, Mexico. His recent Electronic Disturbance Theater project, the *Transborder Immigrant Tool* (a GPS cellphone safety net tool for crossing the Mexico/U.S border) was the winner of the “Transnational Communities Award” (2008), handed out by the U.S. Embassy in Mexico. *Transborder Immigrant Tool* was exhibited at 2010 California Biennial (OCMA), Toronto Free Gallery, Canada (2011). The project was also under investigation by the U.S. Congress in 2009/10, and was also reviewed by Glenn Beck in 2010 as a gesture that potentially “dissolved” the U.S. border with its poetry. Ricardo is an Associate Professor at UCSD in the Visual Arts Department, a Hellman Fellow, and Principal/Principle Investigator at CALIT2 (http://bang.calit2.net). With artists Diane Ludin, Nina Waisman, Amy Sara Carroll, he co-founded The Particle Project, which produced an art project about nano-toxicology entitled *Particles of Interest: Tales of the Matter Market* that has been presented in numerous cities, most recently Madrid (2009), New York (2010) and Mexico (2012).

Introduction
Stuart Poyntz is an Assistant Professor in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University. His research interests include the relationship of children and youth with media, public sphere theory, with specific concern for the work of Hannah Arendt, and young people’s historical thinking, particularly in relation to digital media technologies.

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SATURDAY AFTERNOON
Vancouver Public Library, Central Library Saturday, November 3, 1:15-5:30PM

Panel Topics

Panel Topics Keeping the Media Public
(Peter Kaye Room, 1:15-2:45PM, Page 11) This panel will discuss the role of non-commercial media in a democratic society. Issues may include the extent to which such media reveal the limits of highly commercialized news media, recent cuts to the CBC, and the role of public policy in shaping a more independent media terrain.

Big Data and Political Marketing

(Alma VanDusen Room, 1:15-2:45PM, Page 12) This discussion will consider the role ‘big data’ plays in contemporary political campaigns and its implications for personal privacy rights, public relations, and public policy. It will also consider other new developments and trends in political marketing in Canada.

Muzzling the Scientists

(Alice MacKay Room 1:15-2:45PM, Page 13) This panel will focus on the important challenges facing science communication, including such issues as media framing of environmental news, the Harper government’s censorship of government scientists, and the consequences for public policy.

Decolonizing Media

(Alice MacKay Room, 3:00-4:30PM, Page 16) This panel showcases the efforts of various cultural groups struggling to carve out media space in a highly Eurocentric media landscape, and asks how such groups address and unsettle structural media barriers for marginalized or abandoned groups.

Who’s Watching You? The Politics of Surveillance

(Alma VanDusen Room, 3:00-4:30PM, Page 17) This panel will address questions of surveillance, privacy, and electronic civil liberties in Canada, including such issues as Bill C-30, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and increased perimeter security.

Working in the Communications and Creative Industries

(Peter Kaye Room, 3:00-4:30PM, Page 18) This panel will address the challenges and precariousness confronting those working in the communications and creative industries, both nationally and internationally, including; new media, material labour, cultural work, and journalism.

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SATURDAY PANELS

Keeping the Media Public
Peter Kaye Room, Saturday, November 3, 1:15-2:45PM

Panelists
Jean Broughton is Staff Representative for the Canadian Media Guild (which represents CBC employees) and is particularly interested in building rights for freelancers and precarious workers. Outside of the labour movement, Jean has been involved with anti-colonial organizing, radical education, and the anti-globalization movement.

Tyler Morgenstern has worked with Media Democracy Days in various roles since 2009. In other lives, he is an arts, culture, and politics writer with publication credits in Sad Mag, Art Threat, rabble.ca, The Huffington Post, and the Toronto Star. Recently, he helped to launch OpenMedia.ca’s “Reimagine CBC” initiative and currently serves as Program Director at the BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association. Sylvia Richardson is the Vice-president of AMARC-North America (World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters), a PhD student in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University, and the Host and Producer of Latin Waves, an internationally syndicated radio program that educates the public about the extraordinary changes and social movements that are happening in Latin America. Born and raised in El Salvador of Indigenous and Spanish ancestry, Sylvia was educated in El Salvador until the age of 15 when a civil war forced her to leave the country. Her book, Flesh Mapping: Cartography of Struggle, Renewal and Hope in Education by Peter Lang Publishing comes out this fall.

Moderator
Alden E. Habacon is an accomplished diversity and inclusion specialist. He is the Director, Intercultural Understanding Strategy Development for the University of British Columbia (UBC) and previously the Manager of Diversity Initiatives for CBC Television. He is the Publisher of Schema Magazine, and the co-founder of the Asian Canadian Journalists Association in Vancouver.

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SATURDAY PANELS

Big Data and Political Marketing
Alma VanDusen Room, Saturday, November 3, 1:15-2:45PM

Panelists
Colin Bennett has taught in the Department of Political Science at the University of Victoria since 1986, where he is now Professor. His research has focused on the comparative analysis of surveillance technologies and privacy protection policies at the domestic and international levels. He has just coauthored a report on privacy and political parties for the Office of the Privacy Commissioner available at: http://www.priv.gc.ca/information/pub/pp_201203_e.asp Mario Canseco is Vice President, Angus Reid Public Opinion. He is responsible for designing survey questionnaires on a wide range of sociological and political issues, and has worked on the election teams for all the democratic processes that have been covered by Angus Reid’s unique online methodology, including the 2008 and 2011 Canadian Federal Elections. Mario holds an Masters of Journalism from the University of British Columbia, and a BA in Communication from Mexico City’s Universidad Iberoamericana. Marie Della Mattia is President of NOW Communications, a progressive advertising agency serving unions, governments and causes across Canada. She specializes in the creation and delivery of persuasive messages that move audiences. Born with a passion for politics, she feels very lucky to have made a career of it - without having to run for office herself.

Moderator
Lorene Oikawa is the first Asian Canadian vice president for the BC Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU), and was re-elected to her third term in 2011. BCGEU represents members who work in direct provincial government, and a variety of sectors including community health, community social services, child care, post-secondary institutions, hotels, and the Canada Line. Lorene has authored articles on a range of topics including health care, poverty, human rights and more.

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SATURDAY PANELS
Alice MacKay Room, Saturday, November 3, 1:15-2:45PM

Muzzling the Scientists

Panelists
Tzeporah Berman is an influential activist who, in the early nineties, joined the protests to save the endangered rainforests of Clayoquot Sound and, for her involvement, faced one thousand criminal charges and six years in prison. Later, with ForestEthics, she took on Victoria’s Secret with a well-publicized photo of a chainsaw-wielding lingerie model, pressuring the catalogue manufacturer to stop using paper made from old-growth forests. Recently, she co-founded PowerUp Canada to focuses on the Canadian Tar Sands’ role in climate change. Isabelle Côté is a Professor of Marine Ecology in the Department of Biological Sciences at Simon Fraser University. Dr. Côté has published more than 120 scientific papers on a variety of topics in marine ecology and conservation, including a recent paper in the prestigious journal ‘Science’, where she, along with two of her colleagues, criticized the Harper government’s rationale for disabling Canada’s Fisheries Act, arguing that such changes were not supported by any clear evidence. Otto Langer began work at DFO and Environment Canada in 1969 in stream protection, contaminants control and enforcement. He has been an expert witness in over 100 habitat and pollution trials across Canada. In 2001 he moved to the David Suzuki Foundation and retired in 2006. He is active in providing volunteer expertise to many environmental groups and most recently exposed the Harper government’s plans to undermine environmental legislation in Canada. Emma Pullman is a Vancouver-based researcher, writer and campaigner focused on climate and energy, oil and politics and corporate accountability issues. Emma is a campaigner for global corporate accountability organization SumOf Us.org, and is the Director of Research for Leadnow.ca. Emma is also a freelance writer and has had her work published in outlets including DeSmogBlog, Huffington Post, and the Vancouver Observer.

Photo Credit: Jaime Kowal

Moderator

Shane Gunster is an Associate Professor in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University where his research criteria include news media analysis (esp. talk radio and coverage of environmental issues), political communication (esp. neo-conservative political discourse), and advertising and consumer culture.

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Friday Afternoon: Nov. 2
Peter Kaye Room 12:00-1:00
YDME Research Symposium Keynote Speaker: Julian Sefton-Green

VPL, Central Library Alice MacKay Room 12:00-1:00
Welcome Opening Plenary

MDD 2012

Introduction: Stuart Poyntz

Alma VanDusen Room 4:00-5:20 2:30-3:50 1:00-2:20
Workshop “Making Radio for Social Change” Hosted by Redeye (CFRO)

Keynote Address: Ricardo Dominguez “Muzzling the Scientists” Panelists: Tzeporah Berman Isabelle Côté Otto Langer Emma Pullman Moderator: Shane Gunster

Workshop “Promoting the Missing Stories” Hosted by rabble.ca Workshop “Media, Revoltuions and Regimes” Hosted by The Cinematheque

1:15-2:45 3:00-4:30 4:45-5:30

PROGRAMME SNAPSHOT

“Decolonizing Media” Panelists: Sarah Hunt Fatima Jaffer Itrath Syed Moderator: Imran Munir

Friday Evening: Nov. 2

SFU Woodward’s

Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema
Opening Keynote & Film Screening Doors Open: 6:00PM Event Begins: 6:30PM Welcome: Kathleen Cross Keynote Address: Sunera Thobani Screening: Words of Witness (2012) MDD Opening Reception: Sponsored by Vancity

Closing Plenary “Next Steps in Building Media Democracy” Panelists: Des Freedman Interview Ricardo Dominguez Micheal Vonn Moderator: Stuart Poyntz

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Saturday Afternoon: November 3
Vancouver Public Library, Central Library Promenade 12:00-1:00 Media Fair 15 4:45-5:30 3:00-4:30 1:15-2:45 Alma VanDusen Room Peter Kaye Room

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“Big Data and Political Marketing” Panelists: Colin Bennett Mario Canseco Marie Della Mattia Moderator: Lorene Oikawa

“Keeping the Media Public” Panelists: Jean Broughton Tyler Morgenstern Sylvia Richardson Moderator: Alden E. Habacon

“Who’s Watching You? The Politics of Surveillance” Panelists: Lindsey Pinto Runa A. Sandvik Micheal Vonn Moderator: Gary McCarron

“Working in Communications and Creative Industries” Panelists: Enda Brophy Mark Cameron Kathryn Gretsinger Moderator: Irene Lanzinger

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Alice MacKay Room, Saturday, November 3, 3:00-4:30PM

Decolonizing Media

SATURDAY PANELS

Panelists
Sarah Hunt’s activism began at the age of 14, when she spoke about Indigenous rights at a rally for the Clayoquot Sound. More than 20 years later, Sarah continues to work as an educator and community collaborator on issues of colonial violence, self determination, law and power, sex work, gender and sexuality. Sarah is of Ukrainian and Kwakwaka’wakw ancestry, and is currently a PhD candidate at SFU and contributor to mediaINDIGENA.com.
Photo Credit: Amanda Laliberte

Fatima Jaffer is a PhD student at the Interdisciplinary Studies Program at UBC, where she also serves as Editor-in-Chief of Cutting Edge, a peer-reviewed journal. A longtime activist and alternative journalist, she currently writes occasional guest columns for Xtra-West, and is a member of Salaam Vancouver (Muslim LGBTQs), and facilitator of Trikone Vancouver, a South Asian LGBTQ group.

Itrath Syed is a PhD student in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University where her doctoral project involves an analysis of “moral panics” and Muslim bodies in the West. Her MA work [Women’s Studies, UBC] explored the gendered and racialized construction of the Muslim community in the media discourse surrounding the Islamic Arbitration or “Shariah” debate in Ontario.

Moderator
Imran Munir has had extensive work experience in media and journalism since 1986. His academic research and writings have focused on social movements, religion, democracy, fundamentalism, and political communication. His work looks at struggles for democratic communication in the complex and compelling development of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

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Who’s Watching You? The Politics of Surveillance
Alma VanDusen Room, Saturday, November 3, 3:00-4:30PM

SATURDAY PANELS

Panelists
Lindsey Pinto is the Communications Manager of OpenMedia.ca, a grassroots organization that safeguards the possibilities of the open Internet. She aspires to put Canada on the map as a leader in Internet freedom and accessibility, and the effective use of independent media for political communication. Her work centres on advancing informed and participatory digital policy.

Runa A. Sandvik is a security researcher and developer for the Tor Project. She has worked for the Tor Project since 2009 and has given Tor talks to a number of different audiences, including activists, law enforcement, and university students.

Micheal Vonn is a lawyer and the Policy Director of the BC Civil Liberties Association. She has been an Adjunct Professor in the faculty of law at the University of British Columbia and an Adjunct Professor at the UBC School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, where she teaches information ethics and intellectual freedom. She is a frequent speaker on a variety of civil liberties topics including free speech and democratic rights.

Moderator
Gary McCarron is an Associate Professor in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University. He is mainly interested in the study of rhetoric and conciliation, with a particular focus on theories of debt and forgiveness.

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SATURDAY PANELS

Working in the Communications and Creative Industries
Peter Kaye Room, Saturday, November 3, 3:00-4:30PM

Panelists
Enda Brophy is an Assistant Professor in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University. His research examines labour and labour organizing in the media and communication industries, social movements, and the political economy of the contemporary university. He is collaborating with Greig de Peuter and Nicole Cohen on a SSHRC-supported research project, “Flexible Workforces Respond to the Creative Economy: The Recomposition of Labour Politics in an Age of Precarity.” Mark Cameron presently serves as a National Staff Representative for the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada. Prior to this year Mark Cameron spent a quarter of a century as a broadcast television news editor. Combined with a decade of union activism and leadership, Mark’s experience gives him a unique perspective on regulations and labour relations within the communications industry. Kathryn Gretsinger is the lead instuctor in Integrated Journalism at the UBC Graduate School of Journalism.She also coordinates the school’s internship program. Kathryn’s passion is audio storytelling in current affairs, news and documentary production. She began her career at CBC Radio 26 years ago. Since then, she has worked in various capacities from writer/ broadcaster to producer to host. She continues her work with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as a trainer, journalist and host.

Moderator
Irene Lanzinger is a long-time union activist and teacher. She began her teaching career in 1978 and taught in Vancouver and overseas. Irene was very active in the B.C. Teachers’ Federation serving as president of the Vancouver Secondary Teachers’ association. She served as an Officer of the B.C. Federation of Labour from 2007 to 2010, and was elected to the position of Secretary-Treasurer of the B.C. Federation of Labour in 2010.

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Alice MacKay Room Saturday November 3, 4:45-5:30PM

Next Steps in Building Media Democracy

SATURDAY PANELS

Closing Plenary
Our closing panel will feature a pre-recorded update from London, England, where MDD Co-Founder Bob Hackett will introduce Des Freedman, a member of the National Council of the Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom (CPFB) and a Reader in Communications and Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths University in London. Des will update attendees on the efforts for democratic media reform in the UK in light of recent events including the partial implosion of the Murdoch media empire and the Leveson enquiry into media ethics. Ricardo Dominguez is a co-founder of The Electronic Disturbance Theater (EDT), an Associate Professor at UCSD in the Visual Arts Department, and a Hellman Fellow, and Principal/Principle Investigator at CALIT2 (http://bang.calit2. net). in 1998, EDT developed Virtual-Sit-In technologies in solidarity with the Zapatista communities in Chiapas, Mexico. His recent EDT project, the *Transborder Immigrant Tool* (a GPS cellphone safety net tool for crossing the Mexico/U.S border) was the winner of the “Transnational Communities Award.” Micheal Vonn is a lawyer and the Policy Director of the BC Civil Liberties Association. She has been an Adjunct Professor in the faculty of law at the University of British Columbia and an Adjunct Professor at the UBC School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, where she teaches information ethics and intellectual freedom. She is a frequent speaker on a variety of civil liberties topics including free speech and democratic rights.

Moderator
Stuart Poyntz is an Assistant Professor in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University. His research interests include the relationship of children and youth with media, public sphere theory, with specific concern for the work of Hannah Arendt, and young people’s historical thinking, particularly in relation to digital media technologies.

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MEDIA FAIR
VPL Promenade, Saturday, November 3, 12:00PM-5:00PM The year’s Media Fair is a trade show style exhibition of local, alternative and innovative media production. We bring together a number of diverse communities involved in media advocacy and education, and to help promote the cause of media democratization to a much wider public. The following organizations will be present at this year’s Media Fair, which runs from 12:00-5:00PM in the VPL Promenade.

Media Fair

Participants
With a circulation of over 100,000, Adbusters is a not-forprofit, reader-supported magazine that addresses the impacts that commercial forces have on our physical and cultural environments, and motivates social action around these issues to change the way we live in our 21st century information age. www.adbusters.org | @adbusters Since 1962, the BC Civil Liberties Association(BCCLA) has been an active and prominent defender of civil liberties and human rights in Canada. The BCCLA provides public policy, justice, and advocacy in action programs, as well as community education on civil rights and liberties. www.bccla.org | @bccla The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) is an independent, non-partisan research institute. With a national office in Ottawa and provincial offices in BC, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Nova Scotia, the CCPA are the leading progressive voice in Canada’s public policy debates. The CCPA–BC office is committed to a socially, economically and environmentally just BC. We aim to make progressive ideas the driving force behind mainstream thinking, and to offer a new and hopeful vision to meet the key challenges of our time. www.policyalternatives.ca | @CCPA Cinevolution is a Richmond-based non-profit organization which seeks to increase media literacy, raise social awareness, foster intercultural communication, and build stronger, more civically engaged communities through the promotion of film and media arts. In addition to collaborative projects with local artists and filmmakers, our activities include regular community screenings, public workshops and the annual Your Kontinent Festival. www.cinevolutionmedia.com | @C_Media_Art

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CiTR 101.9FM is the broadcasting voice of the University of British Columbia. It is a student run, community supported, and nationally recognized radio station that has been giving a voice to UBC students and the Vancouver community since 1937. www.citr.ca | @CiTRradio CJSF 90.1FM is a campus-community radio station that gives voice to local artists, activists, and media makers through its diverse and entertaining programming. www.cjsf.ca | @cjsf The Council of Canadians is Canada’s largest citizens’ organization, working to protect Canadian independence by promoting progressive policies on fair trade, clean water, energy security, public health care, and other issues of social and economic concern to Canadians. www.canadians.org | @CouncilofCDNs FIPA is a non-partisan, non-profit society that was established in 1991 to promote and defend freedom of information and privacy rights in Canada. Our goal is to empower citizens by increasing their access to information and their control over their own personal information. We serve a wide variety of individuals and organizations through public education programs, research, advocacy, and law reform. www.fipa.bc.ca | @bcfipa Gen Why Media is a community building production group that uses public art, media, workshops and events to engage society in new forms of civic participation. www.genwhymedia.ca | @genwhymedia Global Immigrant News provides a unique perspective on issues concerning immigrants, migrant workers and refugees in every corner of the world. The vision of Sacha DeVoretz, the founder of Global Immigrant News, is to create an open dialogue on topics concerning migrants on a worldwide platform. www.GlobalImmigrantNews.com | @GlobalImmigrant

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Associated with the grassroots movement that launched the film ,“The Corporation”, Hello Cool World is an alternative ad agency whose mandate is: ideas to audiences; audiences to action; action to outcome. They develop and maintain effective grassroots campaigns and distribute content for social causes for clients in the non-profit and independent film sectors. www.hellocoolworld.com | @hellocoolworld Roberta Staley and Tallulah Photography document the struggles of people in the developing world. Inspired by their stories, Tallulah and Roberta created Journeys to the Edge. The organization has several objectives, which includes raising funds in support of independent journalism aand assisting emerging young reporters from other countries to attend journalism school in Canada. www.journeystotheedge.com Megaphone makes media for change by telling local stories at the street level, and by putting distribution in the hands of community members. www.megaphonemagazine.com | @MegaphoneMag OpenMedia.ca is a grassroots organization that safeguards the possibilities of an open and affordable internet. The group works towards informed and participatory digital policy. They empower people to participate in internet governance through fresh and engaging citizens’ campaigns, and are known for co-ordinating Stop The Meter, the largest online campaign in Canadian history, involving over half a million people. www.openmedia.ca | @OpenMedia_ca Out In Schools engages youth through film in the promotion of safer and diverse learning environments, free from homophobia and bullying. Through cinema and social dialogue, they foster community engagement around issues facing the queer community. www.outinschools.com | @outinschools The Cinematheque is a non-profit film society bringing Vancouver the essential cinema experience. For over fifteen years, our education department has offered screenings and workshops in critical media literacy, digital filmmaking and film education. education.cinematheque.bc.ca | @theCinematheque

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Peace it Together unites youth from opposing sides of conflict to engage in a unique dialogue and filmmaking program. The films our program participants co-create are used as peacebuilding tools around the world. To date, Peace it Together has focused on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict and has run three dialogue & filmmaking programs (2006, 2008, & 2011). www.peaceittogether.com | @peacefilms De-spinning the political and re-spinning it for social, political and environmental justice, the Politics, Re-Spun collective examines issues and events through alternative viewpoints of activists, academics, and artists on www.politicsrespun.org and CFRO 100.5FM Co-op Radio Mondays at 6pm. www.PoliticsReSpun.org | @politicsrespun The Purple Thistle Centre is a youth-run community centre for arts and activism. Located in East Vancouver, we are a free place (both free-of-charge, and we are interested in freedom) where youth can engage with each other and their community. The Centre is a physical space to root ourselves, a place to work together, and a site to learn new ways for radical organizing for social change. www.purplethistle.ca | @purple_thistle Last year, rabble.ca celebrated its 10th birthday as a leading non-profit, independent media organization dedicated to providing platforms and perspectives unavailable anywhere else in Canada. rabble is built on the efforts of progressive journalists, writers, artists and activists across the country - it’s news for the rest of us. www.rabble.ca | @rabbleca Ricepaper provides a unique and vibrant outlook on contemporary Asian arts and culture in a Canadian context. We are committed to creating a forum for inclusive, representative and progressive dialogue for the diverse interests of Asian Canadians. We strive to connect the local, national, and global community by challenging how Asian Canadians are perceived and defined. www.ricepapermagazine.ca | @ricepapermag Sad Mag is a quarterly magazine that celebrates independent art and culture in “No Fun City”—Vancouver, BC. We publish the work of burgeoning writers and visual artists, primarily those from 15 to 30 years of age. The Sad Magazine Publishing Society is a non-profit organization and is completely volunteer run. www.sadmag.ca | @sadmag

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The South Asian Film Education Society was founded in Vancouver on November 19, 2006. Its objectives are to promote the understanding and appreciation of South Asian cinema with regard to its history, craft, distinctiveness, and engagement with the cultures, societies, and politics of South Asia and the South Asian diaspora. www.southasianfilm.blogspot.com The Tyee is Canada’s leading independent online news magazine. With feisty, in-depth coverage of politics, social and environmental issues and arts and culture, we publish awardwinning journalism that is vital to our democracy. Founded in 2003, The Tyee reaches more than 150,000 readers monthly, has received numerous awards and continues to be a must-read for the straight goods on what’s happening in B.C. and beyond. www.tyee.ca | @thetyee The VIVO Media Arts Centre, founded in 1973 as the Satellite Video Exchange Society (SVES) is Vancouver’s oldest media arts access centre. VIVO continues to fulfill its founding vision by directly supporting independent artists, community-based producers and activists in developing and exchanging their skills and ideas in a supportive environment. www.vivomediaarts.com | @VIVOMediaArts Vancouver Coop Radio CFRO 100.5 FM is a non-commercial, cooperatively owned, listner supported community radio station located in the heart of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. www.coopradio.org | @coopradio WAM! Vancouver is the first Canadian chapter of WAM! (Women, Action & the Media!). WAM! connects and supports media makers, activists, academics and funders working to advance women’s media participation, ownership and representation. We strive to build an accessible community in which members share resources and engage in dialogue through our listserv, events, social media networks, and our annual conference. www.wamvancouver.wordpress.com | @wamvancity

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Part of The Media Democracy Project- In partnership with SFU Institute for the Humanities

CounterCulture Speaker Series
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COUNTERCULTURE

The Media Democracy Project has also expanded to include a speaker series that will run throughout 2012 and 2013. Entitled CounterCulture, and in partnership with the Institute for the Humanities at SFU, these additional events will sustain the discussion about media and democracy. Our first event took place October 3rd, 2012, and featured selections from Velcrow Ripper & Ian MacKenzie’s ‘Occupy Love’ documentary feature film, as well as a panel discussion on the challenges of documenting the Occupy movement. Please join us for our second CounterCulture event, Friday, November 30, from 6:30-10:00PM at SFU’s Harbour Centre campus to welcome renowned author, commentator and broadcaster, David Barsamian.

Guest Speaker
SFU Harbour Centre, Room #1800 Terasen Cinema Friday, November 30, 6:30-10:00PM David Barsamian is director of Alternative Radio and author of many books, including Targeting Iran. One of America’s most tireless and wide-ranging journalists, he has altered the independent media landscape, both with his weekly radio program and with his books based on interviews with Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Tariq Ali, Edward Said, Eqbal Ahmad, and Arundhati Roy. His articles and interviews appear in The Progressive, The Sun, and other magazines and journals. David will speak about his new book, Occupy the Economy: Challenging Capitalism “Like that well known substance, Capitalism has hit the fan. Today’s economic crisis is the most severe since the Great Depression. What are its root causes? The conventional explanations put the blame on greedy bankers who pawned off credit default swaps, sub-prime mortgages, and a smorgasbord of derivatives, on a hapless and helpless public. To make matters worse there was little or no regulation. So if we tinker with some reform measures, pass some legislation, a tax cut here, a little stimulus package there - everything will be hunky-dory. Will it? The seismic failures and problems plaguing Capitalism are systemic and deep. Many people are suffering. But not the upper crust. They are riding the gravy train to more riches. It is not a question of a few rotten apples. It is past time to examine the barrel that keeps producing the bad apples. Fundamental change is necessary to avoid future collapses.”

David Barsamian

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