Wednesday, January 17, 2007


CONFERENCES: Beyond Broadcast Conference, Feb 27 2007 at MIT

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From: Steve Schultze <>
Date: Jan 17, 2007 12:26 PM
Subject: Beyond Broadcast, Feb 27 2007

Greetings. We're delighted to announce Beyond Broadcast 2007 (details
below). Feel free to forward this announcement to other people/lists
who may be interested, and register early to reserve your spot before
seats fill up.


For 50 years broadcast media have played a powerful role in shaping
political culture and mediating citizen engagement in the democratic
process. Now a participatory culture is putting the tools of media
creation and critique in the hands of citizens themselves. We invite
you to explore the means and meaning of this transformation:

Beyond Broadcast 2007
From Participatory Culture to Participatory Democracy

February 24th, 2007
Kirsch Auditorium, Stata Center
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Keynote: Henry Jenkins, Director of the Comparative Media Studies
program at MIT and author of "Convergence Culture: Where Old and New
Media Collide"

Followed by panels, open-meeting discussions, demos, and birds-of-a-
feather dinners.


On February 24th, MIT Comparative Media Studies will host a conference
in collaboration with Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and
Society and the Information Society Project at Yale Law School. The
one-day event will be held at MIT, and is entitled “Beyond Broadcast:
>From Participatory Culture to Participatory Democracy.” It will bring
together industry experts, academic leaders, public media
professionals, and political activists for panel discussions and
focused working groups.

Beyond Broadcast 2007 builds on the overwhelming success of last
year’s sold-out event, “Beyond Broadcast 2006: Reinventing Public
Media in a Participatory Culture” held at Harvard Law School. Over 350
people took part in-person and online through the virtual world Second
Life. Attendees used several unique online tools, including a
web-based “question tool” to probe panelists, a collaborative wiki,
live blogging, flickr photo sharing, tagging, and YouTube
video production. These tools enabled the conference to practice what
it preached, turning the event into a two-way participatory
interaction in contrast with many conferences. The tools have been
expanded upon this year, already spurring an active conversation on
the conference web site, weeks before the event.

Henry Jenkins will give the Keynote Address, followed by panel
discussions from media makers and policy commentators. Details of
these panels are being updated on the conference web site http://

In the second-half of the day, the conference turns its focus to
working groups that attendees will help organize. Building on themes
coming from the plenary sessions, participants will target specific
issues or questions and join efforts with the diverse crowd of others.
In the past, these groups have been facilitated by thought leaders in
technology, policy, and academia. Many attendees last year expressed
their appreciation for this hybrid conference approach in which they
had a chance to “do something before heading home.”

There will also be an evening reception, called “Demos and Drinks,”
showcasing groups that are doing exciting work related to conference

Registration is only $50, and includes lunch and the evening
reception. There is also a special %50 discount for students. The
conference follows the 2007 Public Media Conference taking place in
Boston February 20-23. It is suggested that you register early to
avoid losing a spot if Beyond Broadcast sells out again this year.

Steve Schultze

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