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Eveline Lubbers on Tue, 1 Oct 2002 15:15:04 +0200 (CEST)

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[Nettime-nl] TNO over democratie & Internet

Een interessante dag over wat Internet voor de democratie kan betekenen,
het programma staat op http://baserv.uci.kun.nl/~jankow/Euricom/
en hieronder dat van een van de workshops in Amsterdam.

Met name opvallend omdat de discussie over 'democratic prospects'
gaat tussen een onderzoeker uit Nieuw Zeeland en Valerie Frissen, 
van TNO: Strategy, Policy and Research. 
(Ter herinnering: haar collega's wonnen vorig jaar de Big Brother Award 
voor hun geavanceerde software voor camera's die onruststokers uit 
demonstraties kunnen halen, geillustreerd met de opstand tegen Milosovic.) 
Grappig detail, Valerie's afdeling van TNO was een van de eersten die mijn boek
Battling Big Business bestelde...

The European Institute for Communication and Culture (Euricom) is a non-profit organization devoted 
to research and publication in the general areas of mass communication, media studies, and cultural 
studies. In keeping with its unique position bridging the two parts of the formerly divided Europe, 
Euricom is concerned with the relationship of the mass media to issues of democracy and 

The Internet & The Public Sphere

Workshop of the Euricom Colloquium

Amsterdam, October 8, 2002

Bewindhebberszaal, Kloveniersburgwal 48, Amsterdam


9 – 9.30 am         Arrival and coffee

9.30 – 10 am       Opening: Kees Brants and Nick Jankowski

10 – 12 am          Panel 1: The Internet, democracy and the public sphere
                          Discussants:       Colin Sparks, University of Westminister, UK
                                                    Peter Dahlgren, Lund University, Sweden
                          Chair:                  Kees Brants

Theoretical discussion on the problematic notion of the public sphere: the uneasiness between the 
participation ideal of the Enlightenment, the vox populi and the Rechtstaat; dialogue, talk and 
chat; does the Internet hold potential for democracy; can the Internet lead to a new public sphere; 
in what way does the Internet differ from ‘the old media’; is the role of citizens changing because 
of the coming of the Internet?

                          10 – 10.40 am     Introduction by discussants
                          10.40 – 11 am     Coffee/Tea break
                          11 – 12 am          General discussion

12 am – 1 pm      Lunch
                          Location: to be announced

1 – 3 pm             Panel 2: The Internet, governmental politics and social capital
                          Discussants:       Stephen Coleman,, London School of Economics & 
Political Science
                                                    Peter Muhlberger, Carnegie Mellon University, 
                          Chair:                  Nick Jankowski

Discussion on the ideas, the realities, the rethoric and the pitfalls of the internet in 
governmental politics: what do different governments and political parties do; how do citizens use 
political web sites; improving or socializing democracy; participation and the risk of 
commercialization of the net; anti-politics, the internet and the political system; in what way can 
the role of the Internet in democracy be investigated?

                          1.15 – 1.55 pm    Introduction by discussants
                          1.55 – 3 pm        General discussion
                          3 – 3.15 pm        Coffee/Tea break

3.15 – 5.15 pm    Panel 3: Democratic prospects of the Internet
                          Discussants:      Valerie Frissen, TNO: Strategy, Policy and Research 
                                                   The Netherlands
                                                   Lincoln Dahlberg, Massey University, New Zealand
                          Chair:                 Kees Brants

Discussion of the democratic future of the Internet: governmental versus sub-politics of social 
movements and life politics of individual internet users; can the Internet provide a platform for 
citizens to discuss politics in the future; will commercial powers take over the free civic spaces; 
is a government guaranteed ‘civic commons’ not another way of appeasing, accommodating and 
containing the public and the public’s interest?

                          3.15 – 3.55 pm    Introduction by discussants
                          3.55 – 4.55 pm    General discussion

4.55 – 5.15 pm    Concluding observations Peter Dahlgren and Colin Sparks

5.15 – 7 pm         Reception organised by the Amsterdam School of Communication Research

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