Global Media Forum 2021

DW’s interdisciplinary and international conference on “Disruption and Innovation”

The DW Global Media Forum 2021 continues to meet challenges head-on with digital solutions and intercultural exchange. On June 14 and 15, the hybrid conference will be livestreamed from DW headquarters and brought digitally to you – free of charge.  Wherever you are, you are invited to join us to discuss the theme: Disruption and Innovation!

Be prepared to be stimulated, challenged and entertained at an event that is truly Made for Minds.

Our Speakers

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Angela Merkel
Federal Chancellor of Germany
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Leymah Roberta Gbowee
Women's Rights Activist & Nobel Peace Laureate
Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa
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Armin Laschet
Minister-President of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia
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Michelle Müntefering
Minister of State for International Cultural Policy at Germany's Federal Foreign Office
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Peter Limbourg
Director General
Deutsche Welle
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Nuseir Yassin
Founder & CEO
Nas Daily
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Audrey Tang
Digital Minister of Taiwan
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Annalena Baerbock
Chairwoman of the Green Party of Germany
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Timothy Snyder
Richard C. Levin Professor of History
Yale University
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Svetlana Tikhanovskaya
Belarusian Opposition Leader
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Irene Khan
UN Special Rapporteur
OHCHR
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Steven Pinker
Cognitive Scientist
Harvard University
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Věra Jourová
Vice-President for Values and Transparency
European Commission
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Philipp Justus
Vice President Central Europe
Google
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Felipe Neto
Youtuber & Influencer
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Imme Baumüller
Director of Data Technology & Business Intelligence
Handelsblatt Media Group
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Maria Ressa
Journalist & CEO
Rappler
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Ellen Ehni
Editor-in-Chief Television
Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR)
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Guido Baumhauer
Host & Managing Director Distribution, Marketing and Technology
Deutsche Welle
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Noel Curran
Director General
European Broadcasting Corporation (EBU)
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Nic Newman
Senior Research Associate
Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism
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Ambreen Jan
Director General
Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation
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Ruona Meyer
Africa Initiative Manager
Solutions Journalism Network
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Philip N. Howard
Professor of Internet Studies
Oxford Internet Institute (OII)
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Manuela Kasper-Claridge
Host & Editor-in-chief
Deutsche Welle
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Ulrik Haagerup
Founder & CEO
Constructive Institute
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Tobias Schmid
Director
Media Authority in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia
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Ling Fan
Founder & CEO
Tezign
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Charlie Beckett
Founding Director of Polis
London School of Economics and Political Science LSE
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Lutz Güllner
Head of Strategic Communications
European External Action Servide
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Julia Becker
Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board
FUNKE Mediengruppe
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Erol Önderoglu
Representative in Turkey
Reporters without Borders (RSF)
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Naja Nielsen
Digital Director
BBC News
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Masih Alinejad
Journalist & Activist
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Jesper Doub
Director of News Partnerships
Facebook
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Kheira Tami
Executive Producer
AJ+ français
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Ellen Heinrichs
Head of Trends and Knowledge
Deutsche Welle
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Hans-Jakob Schindler
Senior Director
Counter Extremism Project
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Anne Applebaum
Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist & Historian
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Hoan Ton-That
Clearview AI
Founder & CEO
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Meike Koch
Senior Counsel Governmental Affairs
Media Group RTL Germany
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Elif Shafak
British-Turkish Novelist

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Agenda

  • Monday, June 14
  • Tuesday, June 15
  • Plenary sessions
  • Partner sessions

10:00 am

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10:10 am

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Opening ceremony

  • Peter Limbourg Director General at Deutsche Welle
    Peter Limbourg
    Director General
    Deutsche Welle
  • Elizabeth Shoo Host at Deutsche Welle
    Liz Shoo
    Host
    Deutsche Welle

10:10 am

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10:15 am

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Message from German Chancellor Angela Merkel

  • Angela Merkel Federal Chancellor of Germany
    Angela Merkel
    Federal Chancellor of Germany

10:15 am

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10:30 am

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Impulse by the Minister-President of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia Armin Laschet

  • Armin Laschet Minister-President of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia
    Armin Laschet
    Minister-President of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia

10:30 am

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11:00 am

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Looking into the future I – A fruitful endeavor? Social media and journalism

Digital platforms are increasingly becoming gatekeepers in the battle for users' attention. How can media benefit from the innovative power of these intermediaries? How can they support each other with innovation while strengthening journalism?
  • Věra Jourová Vice President for Values and Transparency at European Commission
    Věra Jourová
    Vice President for Values and Transparency
    European Commission
  • Philipp Justus Vice President Central Europe at Google
    Philipp Justus
    Vice President Central Europe
    Google
  • Julia Becker Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board at FUNKE Mediengruppe
    Julia Becker
    Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board
    FUNKE Mediengruppe
  • Naja Nielsen Digital Director at BBC News
    Naja Nielsen
    Digital Director
    BBC News
  • Elizabeth Shoo Host at Deutsche Welle
    Liz Shoo
    Host
    Deutsche Welle

11:00 am

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11:20 am

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What about tomorrow? Going beyond pandemics, pollution and political upheaval

  • Steven Pinker Cognititve Scientist at Harvard University
    Steven Pinker
    Cognititve Scientist
    Harvard University
  • Elizabeth Shoo Host at Deutsche Welle
    Liz Shoo
    Host
    Deutsche Welle

11:20 am

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11:50 am

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Looking into the future II – Technology to the rescue

Budgets and deadlines affect quality while users seek simple answers to complex issues. How can AI tools and management solutions help journalists to free up creativity and deliver high-quality reporting? Can such methods reestablish trust in journalism?
  • Ling Fan Founder & CEO at Tezign
    Ling Fan
    Founder & CEO
    Tezign
  • Mona Sloane Sociologist
    Mona Sloane
    Sociologist
    New York University
  • Charlie Beckett Founding Director of Polis at London School of Economics and Political Science LSE
    Charlie Beckett
    Founding Director of Polis
    London School of Economics and Political Science LSE
  • Sarah Kelly Host at Deutsche Welle
    Sarah Kelly
    Host
    Deutsche Welle

11:30 am

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11:45 am

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Opening ceremony

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    Michael Hasper
    Federal Foreign Office

11:50 am

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12:20 pm

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Beyond fingerprints – The global expansion of AI surveillance technologies

AI enhanced tech can easily recognize faces and license plates. Such innovations can help to fight crime – but also pose significant risks. Who watches us? Which data is collected, how it is used? And what if human rights are abused in the process?
  • Amos Toh Senior Researcher for Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights at Human Rights Watch
    Amos Toh
    Senior Researcher for Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights
    Human Rights Watch
  • Hoan Ton-That Founder & CEO Clearview AI
    Hoan Ton-That
    Founder & CEO
    Clearview AI
  • Hans-Jakob Schindler Senior Director at Counter Extremism Project
    Hans-Jakob Schindler
    Senior Director
    Counter Extremism Project
  • Sarah Kelly Host at Deutsche Welle
    Sarah Kelly
    Host
    Deutsche Welle

12:10 pm

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12:40 pm

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Start-up Contest

Out of 100 media start-ups, 10 will be selected to participate in the preceding Incubation Days, and out of these 10 start-ups, 4 will be selected by our qualified jury to pitch their start-up as part of the live program of the GMF.
  • Asger Rasmussen
    Klipworks
  • Chayma Fourati
    AI R&D Engineer
    iCompass
  • Ahmed Nouisser
    CEO
    iCompass
  • Lena Späth
    Founder
    The Story Market
  • Kristian Kim Eikeland
    Mjoll AS
  • Sertan Sanderson Host at Deutsche Welle
    Sertan Sanderson
    Host
    Deutsche Welle

12:20 pm

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1:00 pm

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Conspiracy theories and fake news – How the media can regain trust

Digital platforms empower people to participate in public debates. But social media can also be used to spread false information. How can journalism animate users to invest more in learning about the real sources of the information they consume?
  • Maria Ressa Journalist and CEO at Rappler
    Maria Ressa
    Journalist & CEO
    Rappler
  • Noel Curran Director General at European Broadcasting Corporation
    Noel Curran
    Director General
    European Broadcasting Union
  • Richard Ali
    Lawyer, Novelist and Poet
  • Manuela Kasper-Claridge Host & Editor in Chief at Deutsche Welle
    Manuela Kasper-Claridge
    Host & Editor in Chief
    Deutsche Welle

1:00 pm

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2:00 pm

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Networking & Lunch break

1:00 pm

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1:30 pm

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Community matters – Online fundraising in the media business

In an era of global uncertainty, mistrust, and fake news, strong communities are vital for the survival of small local media. To ensure their financial sustainability alternative sources of funding are key for keeping these businesses afloat.
  • Norbert Sinkovic Chairman of the Governing Board at Independent Journalists' Association of Vojvodina
    Norbert Sinkovic
    Chairman of the Governing Board
    Independent Journalists' Association of Vojvodina
  • Maja Ledjenac Vice-chairwoman of the Governing Board at Independent Journalists' Association of Vojvodina
    Maja Ledjenac
    Vice-chairwoman of the Governing Board
    Independent Journalists' Association of Vojvodina

1:45 pm

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2:15 pm

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Innovation by disruption? How COVID-19 is changing diplomacy

The pandemic led to most international negotiation processes being halted and many international conferences postponed.Innovative ways were and are needed to maintain diplomatic exchange and to continue working together on solutions to global challenges.
  • Jovan Kurbalija Executive Director at Diplofoundation
    Jovan Kurbalija
    Executive Director
    Diplofoundation
  • Katharina Höne Director of Research at Diplofoundation
    Katharina Höne
    Director of Research
    Diplofoundation
  • Stephanie Liechtenstein Host & Diplomatic Correspondent
    Stephanie Liechtenstein
    Host & Diplomatic Correspondent

2:00 pm

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2:40 pm

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Beyond who, what, when, where, and how – Exploring constructive journalism

Against the background of news avoidance, misinformation and media outlets’ need to work profitably, constructive journalism asks: What happens next? We’ll look at the possibilities and pitfalls of this approach and examine how the media could reinvent itself.
  • Ruona Meyer Africa Initiative Manager at Solutions Journalism Network
    Ruona Meyer
    Africa Initiative Manager
    Solutions Journalism Network
  • Ulrik Haagerup Founder & CEO at Constructive Institute
    Ulrik Haagerup
    Founder & CEO
    Constructive Institute
  • Ellen Heinrichs Head of Trends and Knowledge at Deutsche Welle
    Ellen Heinrichs
    Head of Trends and Knowledge
    Deutsche Welle
  • Javier Arguedas Host at Deutsche Welle
    Javier Arguedas
    Host
    Deutsche Welle

2:30 pm

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3:00 pm

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Resistance and Responsibility

Social media are the social infrastructure of the presence and used for initiatives and movements. Western NGOs are ensuring that these are networking worldwide, while often prescribing a certain direction. This session will look at the ethical aspects using various examples.
  • Lorena Jaume-Palasí Founder of The Ethical Tech Society
    Lorena Jaume-Palasí
    Founder
    The Ethical Tech Society

2:40 pm

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2:50 pm

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ENTR – A pan-European journalistic project

Get to know "ENTR - what's next": A truly pan-European and multilingual project on social media for young Europeans that provides a new space for open and authentic discussion about Europe's shared present and future.

2:50 pm

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3:00 pm

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Interview with Mayor of Bonn Katja Dörner

  • Katja Dörner Mayor of Bonn
    Katja Dörner
    Mayor of Bonn
  • Elizabeth Shoo Host at Deutsche Welle
    Liz Shoo
    Host
    Deutsche Welle

3:00 pm

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3:10 pm

CEST

Interview with Belarusian Opposition Leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya

  • Svetlana Tikhanovskaya Belarusian Opposition Leader
    Svetlana Tikhanovskaya
    Belarusian Opposition Leader

3:10 pm

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4:00 pm

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Incitement, hate and misinformation – On the pitfalls of online communication

What impact does it have when media outlets avoid controversial subjects because they cannot deal with hate speech and defamation campaigns? Is there a pattern behind these attacks? And how do media professionals cope with these constant threats?
  • Meike Koch Senior Counsel Governmental Affairs at Media Group RTL Germany
    Meike Koch
    Senior Counsel Governmental Affairs
    Media Group RTL Germany
  • Vladimir Garay Advocacy and Communications Director at Derechos Digitales
    Vladimir Garay
    Advocacy and Communications Director
    Derechos Digitales
  • Maria Makeeva
    Editor-in-chief
    OstWest TV (Germany)
  • Janosch Delcker Host & Chief Technology Correspondent at Deutsche Welle
    Janosch Delcker
    Host & Chief Technology Correspondent
    Deutsche Welle

3:15 pm

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3:45 pm

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Breaking up national media bubbles – cross-border collaborative journalism initiatives

A majority of the media treats topics defined in terms of national rather than transnational discourse. What are the drawbacks of a global media space fragmented into national bubbles? What obstacles slowing down the development of regional transnational media?
  • Ségolène Allemandou Editor-in-Chief at ENTR
    Ségolène Allemandou
    Editor-in-Chief ENTR
    France Médias Monde
  • Gönna Ketels Head of Content ENTR
    Gönna Ketels
    Head of Content ENTR
    Deutsche Welle
  • Njoki Chege Director of the Innovation Center at The Aga Khan University
    Njoki Chege
    Director of the Innovation Center
    The Aga Khan University
  • Paulina Fröhlich Head of the Future of Democracy Program at Progressives Zentrum
    Paulina Fröhlich
    Head of the Future of Democracy Program
    Progressives Zentrum
  • Patrick Leusch Head of European Affairs at Deutsche Welle
    Patrick Leusch
    Host & Head of European Affairs
    Deutsche Welle

4:00 pm

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4:30 pm

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Smart cities – Innovative cooperation in disruptive times

This session will bring together leaders of Bonn, Quelimane, Travis County who face different historic, socio-economic, political, cultural and development backgrounds and challenges but united in the way they position sustainability at the heart of their responses.
  • Katja Dörner Mayor of Bonn
    Katja Dörner
    Mayor of Bonn
  • Manuel de Araújo
    Manuel de Araújo
    Mayor
    Quelimane Municipal Council
  • Brigid Shea
    Commissioner
    Travis County, TX
  • Yunus Arikan Director of Global Advocacy at ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability
    Yunus Arikan
    Director of Global Advocacy
    ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability

4:00 pm

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4:30 pm

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Networking & Coffee break

4:30 pm

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4:40 pm

CEST

Impulse by the Chairwoman of the Green Party of Germany Annalena Baerbock

  • Annalena Baerbock Chairwoman of the Green Party of Germany
    Annalena Baerbock
    Chairwoman
    The Green Party of Germany

4:40 pm

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5:10 pm

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Media freedom in times of disruption

What do increasing attacks against journalists say about the state of the freedom of expression? How can digitalization offer more chances to establish media freedom? And how does the incremental concentration of media ownership play into all this?
  • Irene Khan UN Special Rapporteur at Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
    Irene Khan
    UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression
  • Erol Önderoğlu Representative in Turkey at Reporters without Borders (RSF)
    Erol Önderoğlu
    Representative in Turkey
    Reporters without Borders (RSF)
  • Masih Alinejad Journalist & Activist
    Masih Alinejad
    Journalist & Activist
  • Elizabeth Shoo Host at Deutsche Welle
    Liz Shoo
    Host
    Deutsche Welle

4:45 pm

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5:15 pm

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Communication in times of crisis – How foundations and NGOs facilitate intercultural dialogue

As COVID-19 brought travel activities to a halt, many exchange programs have faced several challenges: How can you bring people together and foster intercultural dialogue when you cannot cross borders anymore?
  • Katharina von Münster Head of the Development Policy School Exchange Program at Engagement Global
    Katharina von Münster
    Head of the Development Policy School Exchange Program
    Engagement Global
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    Caroline Y. Robertson-von Trotha
    Coordinator of the German Network
    Anna Lindh Foundation
  • Jakob Rhyner
    Managing Member of the Board
    Foundation for International Dialogue of the Savings Bank Bonn
  • Frank Hofmann
    Host & Senior Correspondent
    Deutsche Welle

5:10 pm

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5:45 pm

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Freedom of Speech Award

Since 2015, the DW Freedom of Speech Award (FoSA) has honored a media person or initiative that has shown outstanding promotion of freedom rights, especially freedom of expression and press freedom.
  • Tobore Ovuorie
    DW Freedom of Speech Award Laureate 2021 and Investigative Journalist
  • Kenneth Roth
    Laudator DW Freedom of Speech Award 2021 and Executive Director
    Human Rights Watch
  • Antoaneta Vassileva
    Laudator DW Freedom of Speech Award 2021 and Vice President
    Council of Europe’s anti-trafficking group GRETA
  • Sertan Sanderson Host at Deutsche Welle
    Sertan Sanderson
    Host
    Deutsche Welle

10:00 am

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10:10 am

CEST

Opening

  • Elizabeth Shoo Host at Deutsche Welle
    Liz Shoo
    Host
    Deutsche Welle

10:10 am

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10:20 am

CEST

Impulse by Minister of State for International Cultural Policy Michelle Müntefering

  • Michelle Müntefering Minister of State for International Cultural Policy
    Michelle Müntefering
    Minister of State for International Cultural Policy

10:20 am

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10:50 am

CEST

Start-up Contest

  • Guido Baumhauer Host & Managing Director  Distribution, Marketing and Technology at Deutsche Welle
    Guido Baumhauer
    Host & Managing Director Distribution, Marketing and Technology
    Deutsche Welle

10:50 am

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11:20 am

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Representation matters – Diversifying the newsroom

Diversity is not just a trend. Users want the media to depict this multiplicity of identities in their reporting. So how can content production become more diverse? And which challenges do media outlets face in implementing a diversified workforce?
  • Elif Shafak British-Turkish Novelist
    Elif Shafak
    British-Turkish Novelist
  • Kheira Tami Executive Producer at AJ+ français
    Kheira Tami
    Executive Producer
    AJ+ français
  • Ellen Ehni Editor-in-chief Television at WDR
    Ellen Ehni
    Editor-in-chief
    WDR Television
  • Max Hofmann Host at Deutsche Welle
    Max Hofmann
    Host
    Deutsche Welle

11:00 am

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11:30 am

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Partnerships in pandemic – Chances and challenges for media companies in global Corona crisis

In this panel we want to explore the learnings and challenges media enterprises from different countries have been facing during these times influenced by the global pandemic with panelists from Asia, Europe and other regions in the world, especially partners of DW.
  • Sergey Medvedev CEO at Dekabristen
    Sergey Medvedev
    CEO
    Dekabristen
  • Loke Kheng Tham CEO at Mediacorp
    Loke Kheng Tham
    CEO
    Mediacorp
  • David Böhm
    Co-founder & CEO
    Newsadoo
  • Javier Arguedas Host at Deutsche Welle
    Javier Arguedas
    Host
    Deutsche Welle

11:20 am

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11:40 am

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What went wrong? – Disrupted democracies and the media

  • Timothy Snyder Richard C. Levin Professor of History at Yale University
    Timothy Snyder
    Richard C. Levin Professor of History
    Yale University

11:40 am

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12:00 pm

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Power to the people – Giving agency through stories one minute at a time

  • Nuseir "Nas" Yassin Founder & CEO at Nas Daily
    Nuseir "Nas" Yassin
    Founder & CEO
    Nas Daily
  • Max Hofmann Host at Deutsche Welle
    Max Hofmann
    Host
    Deutsche Welle

11:45 am

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12:15 pm

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#UseTheNews – Let’s talk about news literacy and the young in Germany

Let’s talk about news literacy and the probably biggest study done yet by many different, and usually competing stakeholders in the German news industry.
  • Anja Pasquay
    Spokeswoman
    German Newspaper Publishers and Digitalpublishers Association
  • Julia Lumma
    Deputy Editor Content Development
    VRM
  • Björn Staschen
    Founder of #NextNewsLab and Head of Crossmedia News Development
    NDR
  • Leonie Wunderlich
    Junior Researcher
    Leibniz-Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institute
  • Meinolf Ellers
    Host & Head of Strategic Business Development
    DPA-Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

12:00 pm

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12:30 pm

CEST

The role of technological innovations in an age of disruption: Strengthening democratic societies through digitalization?

  • Audrey Tang Digital Minister of Taiwan
    Audrey Tang
    Digital Minister of Taiwan

12:30 pm

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1:00 pm

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The COVID crisis and its impact on journalism

Death, misinformation, social upheaval, closed borders, overwhelmed governments and interrupted societies: The COVID-19 pandemic is without precedent in its universal intensity. How does journalistic reporting work amidst this overall sense of chaos?
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    Alejandra Gutierrez Valdizán
    Plaza Pública
  • Siddarth Varadarajan
    Director
    The Wire - Foundation for Independent Journalism
  • Eddy Micah Jr, Host at Deutsche Welle
    Eddy Micah Jr.
    Host
    Deutsche Welle

12:30 pm

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1:00 pm

CEST

Overcoming stereotypes – The role of (social) media in building bridges between Germany and Turkey

We aim at showcasing a social media program with its contribution at overcoming stereotypes and misperceptions between Germans and Turks. The countries may be partners, but the public views of each other are often negative and overshadowed by stereotypes.
  • Nevşin Mengü Journalist & TV Host
    Nevşin Mengü
    Journalist
  • Nalan Sipar Producer & Host at Deutsche Welle
    Nalan Sipar
    Journalist
  • Ronald Meinardus Permanent Representative at Friedrich Naumann Foundation
    Ronald Meinardus
    Host & Permanent Representative
    Friedrich Naumann Foundation

1:00 pm

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2:00 pm

CEST

Networking & Lunch break

1:30 pm

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2:00 pm

CEST

Journalism 3.0 – How to decolonise the media and the role of independent newsrooms

In this panel discussion, we will explore what is meant by “decolonising media” and why it is so important for fostering diversity, where that diversity comes from, and why independent, non-profit newsrooms are well positioned to drive this movement.
  • Heba Aly CEO at The New Humanitarian
    Heba Aly
    CEO
    The New Humanitarian
  • Patrick Gathara Journalist, Writer, Blogger and Political Cartoonist
    Patrick Gathara
    Curator-in-chief
    The Elephant

2:00 pm

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2:40 pm

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Mission Impossible? – Political communication in the era of disruption

How do political processes change as a result of the use of digital and social media by political actors? Whose voices get heard? What about journalists as gatekeepers? Are the rules of democracy changing for the better or are they being reversed?
  • Leymah Roberta Gbowee Women's Rights Activist & Nobel Peace Laureate at Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa
    Leymah Roberta Gbowee
    Women's Rights Activist & Nobel Peace Laureate
    Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa
  • Lutz Güllner Head of Strategic Communications at European External Action Service
    Lutz Güllner
    Head of Strategic Communications
    European External Action Service
  • Anne Applebaum Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist & Historian
    Anne Applebaum
    Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist & Historian
  • Eddy Micah Jr, Host at Deutsche Welle
    Eddy Micah Jr.
    Host
    Deutsche Welle

2:15 pm

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2:45 pm

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How to create a successful innovation culture in media companies

Digitalisation is shaping the media. To stay ahead, media companies need to build alternative business models and harness new technologies for themselves. The panel discusses different approaches to innovation in media companies.
  • Anita Zielina Director of Strategic Initiatives at CUNY Newmark J-School
    Anita Zielina
    Director of Strategic Initiatives
    CUNY Newmark J-School
  • Lisa Zauner Project Manager of the Innovation Hub at WDR
    Lisa-Marie Zauner
    Project Manager of the Innovation Hub
    WDR
  • Sarah Geeroms Innovative Partnerships & Head of Future Media Hubs at VRT Innovation
    Sarah Geeroms
    Innovative Partnerships & Head of Future Media Hubs
    VRT Innovation
  • Nora Hespers
    Host & Freelancer
    Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR)

2:40 pm

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3:20 pm

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Using data to make journalism successful

Sustaining news businesses online is not an easy task to master. Journalists are increasingly coming under pressure as they are being asked to take care of analytics and compete with algorithms — taking on the role of IT-experts in addition to their daily reporting.
  • Camila Marques
    Head of Digital and Audience
    Folha de S.Paulo
  • Nic Newman Senior Research Associate at Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism
    Nic Newman
    Senior Research Associate
    Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism
  • Imme Baumüller Director of Data Technology & Business Intelligence at Handelsblatt Media Group
    Imme Baumüller
    Director of Data Technology & Business Intelligence
    Handelsblatt Media Group
  • Javier Arguedas Host at Deutsche Welle
    Javier Arguedas
    Host
    Deutsche Welle

3:00 pm

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3:30 pm

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Information saves lives – The role of local media in fighting the infodemic

Journalists worldwide are under constant pressure in the pandemic. Local media are key to ensuring that communities receive life-saving information. Studies show that coronavirus infections are higher in areas where community media are absent.
  • Teresa Chirwa Investigative Journalist & Chairperson at Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA)
    Teresa Temweka Chirwa-Ndanga
    Investigative Journalist & Chairperson
    Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA)
  • Belén Pardo Herrero Radio Broadcaster, DW Akademie Project Officer & Coordinator at Vokaribe Radio 89.6 FM
    Belén Pardo Herrero
    Radio Broadcaster, DW Akademie Project Officer & Coordinator
    Vokaribe Radio 89.6 FM
  • Dina Aboughazala
    Dina Aboughazala
    Journalist & Founder
    EGAB.co
  • Eddy Micah Jr, Host at Deutsche Welle
    Eddy Micah Jr.
    Host
    Deutsche Welle

3:20 pm

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3:45 pm

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Culture, the arts and the COVID pandemic: Examples from the African continent

In this panel we will shed light on the situation of visual arts on the African continent, the impact of COVID-19 on the conditions of creation of contemporary art, on its current subjects and media, presentation and exhibition options.
  • Akinbode Akinbiyi
    British-Nigerian Photographer
  • Karin Helmstaedt Host at Deutsche Welle
    Karin Helmstaedt
    Host
    Deutsche Welle

3:45 pm

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4:15 pm

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Shaping the upheaval together-Visions and opportunities for media cooperation in times of disruption

In this session, media and broadcasting partners from Africa, Latin America and Europe will share their insights, focusing on the role of media companies in times of disruption and discuss several questions.
  • Ibiyemi Olufowobi Director of Network Operations at DAAR Communications
    Ibiyemi Olufowobi
    Director Network Operations Radio
    DAAR  Communications PLC/Raypower
  • Nick Brambring CEO at Zattoo
    Nick Brambring
    CEO
    Zattoo
  • Dora Glottmann
    Chief International News Editor
    Grupo Semana
  • Monika Jones
    Host
    Deutsche Welle

3:45 pm

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4:15 pm

CEST

Networking & Coffee break

4:15 pm

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4:50 pm

CEST

Social media inventory – Connecting people, dividing societies?

Social media can help social movements like #BLM, changing lives around the globe. But these platforms also face ire for being too slow to act against misinformation. Where could regulation help – and where do such laws limit freedom of expression?
  • Philipp Howard Professor of Internet Studies at Oxford Internet Institute
    Philip N. Howard
    Professor of Internet Studies
    Oxford Internet Institute
  • Tobias Schmid Director at Media Authority in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia
    Tobias Schmid
    Director
    Media Authority in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia
  • Felipe Neto YouTuber & Influencer
    Felipe Neto
    YouTuber & Influencer
  • Michaela Kuefner Host at Deutsche Welle
    Michaela Kuefner
    Host
    Deutsche Welle

4:50 pm

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5:20 pm

CEST

Media use in 2030 - Will individualization end mass communication?

Looking at 2030 and beyond, how will we use the media? Will individualization end mass communication as we know it now?
  • Ambreen Jan Director General at Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation
    Ambreen Jan
    Director General
    Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation
  • Jesper Doub Director of News Partnerships at Facebook
    Jesper Doub
    Director of News Partnerships
    Facebook
  • Peter Limbourg Director General at Deutsche Welle
    Peter Limbourg
    Director General
    Deutsche Welle
  • Michaela Kuefner Host at Deutsche Welle
    Michaela Kuefner
    Host
    Deutsche Welle

5:20 pm

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5:30 pm

CEST

Closing ceremony

  • Peter Limbourg Director General at Deutsche Welle
    Peter Limbourg
    Director General
    Deutsche Welle
  • Elizabeth Shoo Host at Deutsche Welle
    Liz Shoo
    Host
    Deutsche Welle

Call for start-ups worldwide

Our contest will highlight start-ups relating to the DW Global Media Forum 2021 theme of "Disruption and Innovation". After the pitch phase, our international jury will select three winners as part of the official DW Global Media Forum 2021 conference.

 

 

DW Global Media Forum

The international and interdisciplinary conference hosted by Deutsche Welle

On June 14 and 15, the Global Media Forum brings together media professionals and decision-makers from politics, civil society, culture, business and science from around the world to get together, discuss and explore solutions. Our topic in 2021: “Disruption and Innovation”. The event will be livestreamed from DW headquarters and brought digitally to you – free of charge. Be prepared to be stimulated, challenged and entertained!

 

 


Plenary Sessions

This year, we focus on the challenges of disruptive innovations while discovering opportunities to influence these developments. German Chancellor Angela Merkel will open the conference that will then be joined by, amongst others, Maria Ressa, Timothy Snyder, Audrey Tang, Nas Daily and Irene Kahn. In panel discussions, keynotes and more, we will discuss topics from AI surveillance tech to countering conspiracy theories. All formats will be interactive.

Partner Sessions

As has become the tradition, our partners from all over the world take part in the Global Media Forum by hosting a wide array of sessions as the second pillar of the conference program. In 2021, we look forward to, amongst others, contributions by the Friedrich Naumann Stiftung (based in Istanbul), the Association of German Newspaper Publishers (Berlin) and the Goethe Institute (Munich).

Fellows Program

The DW Global Media Forum fellowship program welcomes up to 200 people each year from around the world: This year's fellows, digital media professionals from Kenia and Pakistan to Ukraine and Brasil, will digitally join a series of capacity building workshops exclusively tailored for them. A unique part of the conference, the fellows will also contribute their ideas and experiences to the main program.

Frequently Asked Questions

How will you guarantee social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic?

In order to ensure everyone's safety and well-being, the Global Media Forum 2021 will be held as a hybrid event. This means that while many of our speakers and panelists will travel to Bonn, Germany, the majority of our audiences will follow the event online using the latest streaming technology.

I have attended Global Media Forum in previous years. But my login information from last year is not working. What should I do?

To register for the Global Media Forum, each participant must create a new account each year. According to data protection regulations, the account information will only be stored shortly after the event takes place and is then deleted. That is the reason why each participant must create a new account each year, even if he/she has attended previous conferences.

Can someone else complete my online registration for me?/Can I complete the online registration for someone else?

For security reasons, we request each participant provide personal information to complete their registration, such as ID and passport number, and home address. It is therefore best that each participant complete his/her own registration.

I will be attending the GMF and would like to report on the event. How do I receive relevant press information?

Information and press releases regarding Deutsche Welle and the Global Media Forum can be found at the DW press website. If you require further assistance, please contact the DW corporate communications team at communication@dw.com. To subscribe to the Global Media Forum newsletter, please follow this link.

How much do the tickets cost?

On account of the unique circumstances we're presented with due to the global pandemic situation, we will make access to our online discussions, panels and workshops accessible for free to all, who wish to join the 2021 Global Media Forum.

I don't work in journalism. Can I still attend the DW Global Media Forum?

We encourage and welcome interdisciplinary exchange and will be delighted to have representatives of all kinds of backgrounds attend our events.

I would like to collaborate on a project with you. Who do I need to contact?

There is an annual Call for Papers published for other organizations to pitch ideas they might wish to contribute to the Global Media Forum as a partner.

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