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2014-02-28/1 | Conference "Freedom of Information Under Pressure"

posted 15 Jan 2014, 00:56 by Lola Fernández Santos   [ updated 20 Mar 2014, 10:48 ]

International Conference
Freedom of Information Under Pressure
Control – Crisis - Culture
28th of February and 1st of March 2014, Vienna, Austria


The University of Vienna, the transform!at Association and the Critical Librarians Association (KRIBIBI) are pleased to invite you to the International Conference on "Freedom of Information under Pressure. Control - Crisis - Culture", which will take place in Vienna on the 28th of February and 1st of March 2014 at the Kuppelsaal of the Vienna Univesity of Technology, which is situated at the centre of Vienna at Karlsplatz 13, 1040.

This conference will gather more than 30 international speakers (academics, media practitioners, librarians, experts of open culture and public space, activists and policy makers) from Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom and will call for an open discussion on the challenges of freedom of information in the light of the recent surveillance revelations and the increase in censorship and prosecutions of media, journalists and whistle-blowers in Europe and beyond.

The event has been endorsed and supported by the Mayor and Governor of the city of Vienna, as well as by a number of organisations and institutions, such as the Association of European Journalists, the Centre for Freedom of the Media of the University of Sheffield, the International Press Institute and the University of Westminster.

Keynote and plenary speakers include:
Gill Phillips (Director of Editorial Legal Service, The Guardian, United Kingdom)Augoustine Zenakos (Investigative Journalist, UNFOLLOW magazine, Greece)
Mariniki Alevizopoulou (Investigative Journalist, UNFOLLOW magazine, Greece)
Christian Fuchs (Professor of Social Media, University of Westminster, United Kingdom)
Joachim Losehand (Scholar, VIBE!at, Austria)
George Katrougalos (Professor, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece)
Wolfgang Hofkirchner (Professor, Vienna University of Technology, Austria)
Erich Möchel (Journalist, ORF, Austria

The event is public, open to everyone and free, but registration is essential. If you would like to attend, you can register here:
http://freedom-of-information.info/en/28-registration/18-registration-form
Light lunch, coffee and refreshments will be provided. The official language of the conference will be English with simultaneous interpretation to German. The conference will be also streamed online by The Press Project.
Main sponsors: transform European Network,  Karl Renner Institute, The Press Project, City of Vienna, Grüne Bildungswerkstatt, ORF (Austrian PSB), Centre for Freedom of the Media (CFOM)

Supporters and collaborators: University of Westminster, Vienna University of Technology, University of Sheffield, Association of European Journalists, International Press Institute, International Society for Information Studies, ICTs-and-Society Network, Netzwerk Soziale Verantwortung, Vereinigung Österreichischer Bibliothekarinnen und Bibliothekare, Evangelische Akademie Wien, Katholische Sozialakademie Österreichs, Österreichische Liga für Menschenrechte and Technisches Museum Wien

For more information, please visit the conference website: http://freedom-of-information.info/
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