The Informed Citizen in Digital Society

What? Conference and workshops
When? Nov. 25th kl. 13-16, follow by Friday bar
Where? AUD 1, IT University of Copenhagen, Rued Langgaards Vej 7
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The "informed citizen" is an idea and ideal brought forth by philosophers such as Rosseau, who advocated for the informed citizen as the fundamental basis of modern democracy. In an age where we can witness a fundamental shift of information sources, e.g. from traditional newspaper to Facebook, the question of being informed has arguably reached new relevance. Further, in relation to the recent US election, can the outcome be explained through the notion of people being un- or misinformed? If being informed is such a pivotal element of democratic society, does it matter where we find the information? How do we practice the distribution and production of information, and how do we decide what kind of information is important to foster an informed citizenry? These are some of the questions our panel including Henrik Dahl (Liberal Alliance), Rolf Bjerre (Alternativet), Ingrid Ank (Grundtvigsk Forum) and Gitte Stald (ITU) will discuss. The conference is free and we are looking forward to welcome you.

Latest DECIDIS research

A welfare perspective on Nordic media subsidies (Aske Kammer)
Subsidies constitute a prominent media-policy instrument, serving to correct media-market failures. However, because they interfere in the market, and because the commercial media market is under structural pressure in the digital age, there is much debate about the role of media subsidies. Within this context, this article revisits the foundation of media subsidies in certain developed democracies, aiming at qualifying the current discussions. Focusing on the Nordic countries, the article explores the connection between the social-democratic welfare-state regime and the extensive public frameworks for media subsidies found in this region. The article argues that even though continuity rather than disruption characterises the systems of direct and indirect subsidies, the current developments point towards a recalibration of the ways the Nordic countries subsidise media in the future (full article).

DECIDIS researchers @ ECREA conference
Aske Kammer and Emil Hobel: "Subsidizing Media Innovation"
Luca Rossi and Anders Sundnes Løvlie: "Openness to other People’s opinions in Online Debate"
Luca Rossi, Christina Neumayer and Julie Vulpuis Gregersen: "Production, Propagation and Protest: Visual Narratives of Blocky Frankfurt on Twitter"
Sander Andreas Schwartz: "Make Way for Social Media! Strategy, Perception and Evaluation of Social Media During the Danish General Election of 2015"

15 Years of Protest and Media Technologies Scholarship: A Sociotechnical Timeline (Christina Neumayer and Luca Rossi)
This article investigates the relationship between the invention of new media technologies and scholarship concerning protest and political engagement. Building on an innovative approach that moves beyond a systematic literature review, this article contributes to our understanding of scholarship concerning digital communication technologies and how they may have been adopted and shaped protest movements and political engagement. Based on visualizations, we draw a sociotechnical timeline of protest and media technology scholarship within three dimensions: technological development, methods and techniques, and the social phenomena under investigation. The article concludes by identifying major trends in protest and media technologies scholarship over the past 15 years. The sociotechnical timeline enhances our understanding of academic discourse at the intersection of protest and media technologies by highlighting shortcomings and potential for future research (full article).

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