UNESCO Research Conference on the Safety of Journalists

As part of the World Press Freedom Day, which will be co-hosted by UNESCO and the government of Finland, UNESCO and the UNESCO Chair at the University of Gothenburg are organizing in collaboration with IAMCR, University of Sheffield, University of Helsinki and University of Tampere the Research Conference on the Safety of Journalists. The conference will take place from May 3-4 in Finland’s capital Helsinki.

Katharine will moderate the opening session of the conference entitled “Safety of Journalists – Mapping the field of research“.

Further details on the conference and the panel can be seen here.

13th European Conference of Electoral Management Bodies

Katharine is invited to moderate the panel “Monitoring media and social media” at the 13th European Conference of Electoral Management Bodies entitled “New technologies in elections: Public trust and challenges for electoral management bodies”.

The conference, co-organised by the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe and the Permanent Electoral Authority of Romania, will be held at the Palace of Parliament in Bucharest (Romania) from April 14-15, 2016.

Conference Programme

EuroCPR 2016 Conference in Brussels

This year’s EuroCPR 2016 conference entitled “Content creation and distribution in the digital single market” will once again be held at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) in Brussels, Belgium, from March 14-15.

Katharine and Krisztina Rozgonyi (paper co-authored by Olga Kolokytha) will present their work on “The case of ‘content-exception’ as a policy compromise between public needs and private interests“.

If you are interested in the full conference programme please check here.

Katharine moderating panel at ACUNS Vienna UN Conference 2016

The ACUNS Vienna UN Conference “New approaches for a peaceful and more sustainable world” is taking place at the Vienna International Centre (VIC) between January 13-15, 2016. Katharine will moderate a panel on “Persistent and emerging security challenges”.

Main questions and issues to be discussed include

  • Containing Boko Haram’s Transnational Reach: Toward a Developmental Approach to Border Management
  • Preventing Radicalisation Towards Violent Extremism – A Matter of Society not Security
  • NPT: “No Progress Tomorrow” or Non-Proliferation Treaty? Analysis & solutions to a number of NPT problem areas
  • Child Soldiers: Victims or War Criminals? Criminal responsibility and prosecution of child soldiers under international criminal law and the need of legal protection for radicalized children in Western countries

Detail information on the conference programme can be accessed here.

Forum on Freedom of Media and Human Rights in Thessaloniki, Greece

The Civic School of Political Studies in Greece, affiliated to the Council of Europe Network of Schools of Political Studies supported by the Council of Europe Platform to promote the protection of journalism and safety of journalists, the Journalists’ Association of Northern Greece (ESIEMTh), the European Federation of Journalists, the national public media ET3 and the Thessaloniki Municipal Media are organising the Forum on freedom of expression and the media, to be held in Thessaloniki (Greece) from December 17-20.

Katharine will be one of the panelists in a session on “Freedom and security in a mediated environment” (subtitle: Free and pluralist public debate, a precondition for democracy; how to create an enabling environment?).


Katharine at News XChange Annual Conference in Berlin

Katharine is invited to participate in NEWS Xchange’s annual conference, to be held in Berlin, Germany from October 28-30. News Xchange is an annual gathering of approximately 500 senior media executives from around the world. This year’s conference is hosted by ZDF, the German public service media company.

She will be an expert panelist in a discussion on the topic of hate speech entitled “Hate Speech – Can we control it? Should we try?“. The session will explore the key question: As social media’s importance in news and its integration with the news business grows, will differing attitudes to Free Speech across all media affect how news is presented or perceived – is the quality of news being diminished by opinion’s evil cousin, hate speech?

Katharine’s profile for the conference can be found here. The website of the conference, incl. the programme, can be accessed here.

Katharine invited to conference in Gothenburg, Sweden

The University of Gothenburg is organising a conference entitled “Communicative democracy. Protecting, promoting and developing free speech in the digital era”, to be held in the Swedish city from October 6-7.

On the opening day, Katharine is invited to participate in a roundtable discussion with Andrew Kenyon (Melbourne Law School) and Justin Lewis (Cardiff University). Furthermore, she will participate in a panel entitled ‘Structuring Democratic Engagement’ and add her expertise on “Communication and Control: Freedom of speech in crisis Europe”.

The conference programme can be accessed here.