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Taking Back the Web - 19/20 October 2018

Posted: 11 October, 2018

Leading figures in media and academia will gather in Dublin next week for - Taking Back the Web - a major conference focusing on how critical media literacy can address the widespread loss of trust in the media.

Veteran journalist and broadcaster, Vincent Browne, will open Taking Back the Web on Friday, 19 October at 6 pm

Hosted by the Centre for Critical Media Literacy (CCML) of Dublin Institute of Technology, the event will feature a keynote address by veteran journalist and broadcaster Vincent Browne with a responding panel including artist and activist Grace Dyas, author Dr Gavan Titley of Maynooth University and Nikki Murphy, DIT journalism student and 2018 Press Council of Ireland Bursary Award winner.

Alongside the conference on Saturday, October 20th, the CCML is running ‘Making the Web’, a series of talks and ‘maker’ workshops aimed at participants of diverse abilities.

Taking Back the Web: Participation, panic, power – public and private is the CCML’s second annual conference. The centre was established last year to facilitate a range of media research, production, learning and community engagement projects. This year’s event will examine how critical media literacy can help to analyse and transform the relationship between personal and civic data and corporate profit in societies experiencing a widespread loss of trust in ‘surveillance capitalism’.

The rich programme of events will feature more than 40 national and international thinkers speaking about various topics in journalism, social media and communication technology. Highlights include Vincent Browne’s keynote address, Relentless Bias and Trivialisation in Media, and panel discussions about children’s digital rights and the radical potentials that may still exist in online media.

As Dr Harry Browne, Conference Chair and Senior Journalism Lecturer at DIT explains, one key objective of the CCML is to promote the inclusion of groups not traditionally represented in media and academia. “In parallel to our panel discussions and seminars on Saturday, we are hosting ‘Making the Web’, a family-friendly day of performances, workshops and talks for all abilities, very much including people with intellectual disabilities. The aim is to foster creativity, with tips and tools for telling your own stories, incorporating awareness of safety, respect and equality. Basil Lim (DIT) will show participants how to make a game that tells a story while Pat Hannon (DIT) will give people a start in making a radio programme.”

Attendees can register for the full Taking Back the Web conference on Eventbrite, a registration that includes the opening keynote session, but there are also some free tickets available for people who wish to attend only that session. The full schedule of Making the Web is available here, and registration is also available on Eventbrite.