EventInvitation to the upcoming Regional symposium on social media regulation: Do we need to regulate social media?

On behalf of the organizing team it is our great pleasure to invite you to participate in the upcoming Regional symposium on social media regulation titled:

“Do we need to regulate social media?

Rationales for and viability of regulation of online platforms and social media

The regional COMPACT seminar is taking place in Ljubljana on 6 June 2019 in the M Hotel, Derčeva ul. 4, https://www.m-hotel.si/. Bringing together representatives of industry, government, civil society, professional associations, research and academia from Slovenia, Croatia and Italy, the event is dedicated to discussing the rationales and possible approaches to regulation of online platforms and social media in the European Union. The seminar will not only focus on classical top down approaches, but will explore the potential of soft policy measures and self-regulation, as well as possibilities for innovative, technology supported methods.

The COMPACT project is an EU H2020 coordination and support action aimed at raising awareness of different aspects related to social media and content convergence: http://compact-media.eu/.

Organized by: DATA d.o.o (main organizer) and Jozef Stefan Institute (co-organizer)

In collaboration with: Slovene Association of Journalists

Participants: Regional (Slovenian, Italian and Croatian) + and other EU stakeholders (cca 50)

We envisage the Symposium’s program to be organized along 2 main segments, divided into 2 parts (before and after lunch):

  1. Problems & implications;
    1. Segment 1: Business & technology
    1. Segment 2: Social aspects & human rights
  2. Solution & approaches.

The symposium will be attended by:

Opening:Kristina Irion, IViR
Moderators:Tanja Pavleska (IJS), Marko Milosavljević (University of Ljubljana), Maja Ratej, Borut Mekina, Matej Praprotnik
Panelists:Tomaž Drozg (Slovenian Advertising Chamber), Andraž Logar (3fs), Žiga Vrtačič/Filip Dobranić (Danes je nov dan), Barbara Povše Golob (Register.SI, ARNES), Nelson Ribeiro (University of Lisbon), Špela Stare (Slovene Association of Journalists), Andrej Motl (Spletno oko, Safe.si), Katja Koren Ošljak (SloIGF, Code Week), Peter Matzneller (Medical University of Vienna), Francesco Sciacchitano (AGCOM), Robert Tomljenović (AEM), Evangelia Psychogiopoulou (ELIAMEP), Tanja Kerševan Smokvina (MK), SRDF/AKOS

The Symposium will be held in English.

Share your ideas, dilemmas and views with the variety of stakeholders from academia, civil society, government, industry and other experts and practitioners. The number of participants is limited.

Applications are accepted until 5.5.2019 by e-mail: tjasa.dobnik@data.si.

Cordially invited!

PRELIMINARY PROGRAM (tbc)

8:30 – 9:00Registration and Welcome
9:00 – 09:15Introductory addresses
IJS Representative: (tbc)
COMPACT project representative: Tanja Pavleska
09:15 – 10:00Keynote speaker: Kristina Irion IViR (tbc): EU, online challenges and the new Audiovisual Media Services Directive

The Symposium will be opened with a keynote speech by dr. Kristina Irion from Institute of Information Law at University of Amsterdam, setting the scene for the discussion of challenges the EU and its Member States face in creating policy agendas and actions related to online platforms and social media. How the EU seeks the balance between regulation, self-regulation and innovation, what is the new AVMS Directive bringing to the table, and which bodies are best fit for its implementation?
Part I: PROBLEMS AND IMPLICATIONS
10:00 – 11:30Segment 1: Business and technology
Moderator: Tanja Pavleska (IJS)
Following the keynote speech, the session will establish the connection between the EU baseline and the state of affairs related to online platforms and social media within the region with a focus on market effects and innovation potential.
Panelists: Tomaž Drozg (Slovenian Advertising Chamber), Andraž Logar (3fs), Žiga Vrtačič/Filip Dobranić (Danes je nov dan), Barbara Povše Golob (Register.SI, ARNES)
11:30 – 12:00Coffee break
12:00 – 13:30Segment 2: Social aspects and human rights
Moderator: Marko Milosavljević (University of Ljubljana)
The second part of the session will continue with a different lineup of panelists discussing the societal aspects of online platforms and social media regulation, and outlining pros and cons of regulation in relation to its likely implications on human rights.
Panelists: Nelson Ribeiro (University of Lisbon), Špela Stare (Slovene Association of Journalists), Andrej Motl (Spletno oko, Safe.si, Slovenia), Rok Čeferin (Law firm Čeferin, Slovenia), Katarina Bergant (Head of the District Public Prosecutor's Office in Ljubljana, Slovenia), Munir Podumljak (PSD, Croatia), Federica Casarosa (Greece/Italy)
13:30 – 14:30Lunch break
Part II: SOLUTIONS AND APPROACHES
14:30 – 16:00Segment 1: Solutions and approaches
Moderator: Maja Ratej, Borut Mekina, Matej Praprotnik
The panel will focus on regulation practices and other approaches addressing online platforms and social media that are already in place in various countries, by paying attention to the importance of context and its effects on the implementation dynamics. What are the current best practices in the EU and what should be avoided?
Panelists: Peter Matzneller (Medical University of Vienna), Francesco Sciacchitano (AGCOM), Robert Tomljenović (AEM), Evangelia Psychogiopoulou (ELIAMEP), Tanja Kerševan Smokvina (MK), Katja Koren Ošljak (SloGF, Code week)
16:00 – 16:15End of seminar and Wrap-up (DATA and IJS)

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