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Conference on New Media Law & Policy, December 1-2, 2008, Amman, Jordan

The Jordan Media Strengthening Program (JMSP), a USAID funded program, Al Isra’ Private University and the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania have organized a two-day conference on “New Media Law and Policy” on Monday and Tuesday, December 1 & 2, 2008, at Al Isra’ University, Amman, Jordan.

The aim of the conference was to “to provide a forum for an open discussion of legal and regulatory issues related to “New Media” – news websites/portals, blogging and citizen journalism, web-TV, V-blogging etc”.


December 1-2, 2008

Al Isra’ University (Airport Road)

The conference is in both Arabic and English, with full interpretation.

Monday, December 1

09:00-10:00    Registration and Coffee

10:00-10:15    Welcoming Remarks (Al Isra’ President Dr Mohammad Abu Gdais & Jordan Media Strengthening Program Chief of Party Sam Compton, IREX)

10:15-10:30    Key-Note Address TBD

10:30-10:45    Coffee Break

10:45-11:15    What is New Media?

Definitions of “New Media.” Is New Media just a new tool? Or is it also new content? What is citizen-journalism? What are the social and political implications of New Media globally and in Jordan? Is there a local-regional market?

Speakers:      Ahmad Humeid, Co-founder, toot, CEO, Ikbis, Syntax

                      Qais Elias, Managing Partner, GreyScale

Moderator:     Dr Sakher Khasawneh, Al Isra’ University

11:15-12:15   News Websites

What  is the situation of local news websites? Where do they stand in terms of credibility? What’s their audience? Are they delivering a different/new content? Have they changed the content of traditional media? Do – and should – news websites feel ‘safe’ enough by having their server outside the Kingdom?

Speakers:      Basil Okoor, co-founder, AmmonNews

                     Yahia Shukkeir, media freedoms and media law expert

                      Roufan Nahhas, Talal Abu Ghazaleh Organization

Moderator:     Dr Ayman Halaseh, Al Isra’ University

12:15-12:30    Coffee Break

12:30-13:30    Old Laws, New Media

Do current ‘traditional media’ laws and regulations – starting from the Press and Publications Law – apply to news websites? An overview of recent cases involving New Media.

Speaker:        Mohammad Quteishat, Media Lawyer

13:30-14:15   Government Policy on Internet Regulation

What’s the government’s policy/view on licensing/monitoring news websites? The 2007 Statement of Government Policy for ICT. The new Telecom and Media draft law. International trends and best practices.

Speakers:      Wafa’ Bayaydeh, Commissioner, TRC

                      Douglas Griffin, JMSP Senior Legal Advisor

Moderator:     Dr Hamdi Qubeilat, Al Isra’ University

14:15-15:15    Lunch and End of Day 1

Tuesday, December 2

10:00-11:00    Regulation and Self-Regulation in New Media

Pros and cons of regulation and self-regulation. What’s being done towards a code of ethics for new media? The legal value of self-regulation. Blogging and ethics. Self-censorship in the Jordanian blogosphere

Speakers:    Dieter Loraine, Albany Associates

                     Mariam Abu Adas, Blogger, 7iber dot com

                     Daoud Kuttab, Director, Community Media Network

                     Douglas Griffin, JMSP Senior Legal Advisor

Moderator:    Dr Sakher Khasawneh, Al Isra’ University

11:00-11:15    Coffee Break

11:15-12:15    New Media: Privacy, Intellectual Property and Consumer Protection

Protection of databases. New Media and Intellectual Property Rights. Protecting consumers and their privacy in the Internet age. How does Jordanian legislation protect consumers’ privacy?

Speakers:      Dr Malek Nusier, Al Isra’

                      Dr Ala’ Khasawneh, Al Isra’

                      Ziyad Maraqa, Talal Abu Ghazaleh Organization

                      Rami Olwan, Queensland University (Australia), PhD candidate

Moderator:      Dr Mohammad Abul Hija, Al Isra’ University

12:15-12:30    Coffee Break

12:30-13:30    A discussion on recent proposals on commercial emails and SMSs

Who wants to restrict unsolicited emails and commercial mobile text messages and why? What would be the legal grounds? Views from the industry and the regulator. What about prior consensus? Are Jordanian consumers aware of their rights?

Speakers:        Jad Maqdah, CEO, JorMall

                        Muin Khoury, Director, Strategies

                        Khalid Houd, Omnia

Moderator:      Dr Anis Mansur, Al Isra’ University

13:30-14:00    Evaluation and Certificates

                       Al Isra’ President and Dr Sakher Khasawneh

14:00-15:00    Lunch and End of Conference

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