Rami Olwan

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Fourth Al Jazeera Annual Forum, 14- 16 March 2009, Doha, Qatar

AL Jazeera has invited Creative Commons Organization (CC) to its Fourth Annual forum scheduled to be held in Doha, Qatar on the 14-16 March 2009. There will be a regional meeting for CC Arab world in which there will be a discussion of the latest challenges, opportunities and future developments of the movement in the region.

Joi, Ito, Ceo of Creative Commons (CC), a web 2.0 enterpreneur and one of 25 men-to-watch in the Internet scene according to Business Week will be moderating a session along with other media experts entitled “Building Successful Media Projects in Open Networks. The session will also be featuring a presentation of successful case studies built using open networks, such as US President Obama’s use of CC licenses and the Al Jazeera’s CC repository. I will prepare a full report after I attend the event that I am invited to as well. Pleease find below the full agenda of the forum.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

9:00am – 7:00pm: Registration

1:00pm – 5:00pm: Tours

2:00 – 4:00pm: Workshop: Building Successful Media Projects in Open Networks (Co-Hosted by Creative Commons – by invitation only)

How are traditional media industries affected by new patterns and frameworks online? Is it possible in a traditional media industries environment to embrace openness in a successful way?  This workshop session will be featuring a presentation of successful case studies built using open networks, such as the new United States Administration’s use of Creative Commons licenses and Al Jazeera’s Creative Commons repository. Joichi Ito, a web 2.0 entrepreneur and one of 25 men-to-watch in the Internet scene according to Business Week, will moderate a round table discussion among media experts which will follow the presentation of the case studies.

4:30 – 6:30pm: Workshop: Al Jazeera in the Academic Sphere  (Co-Hosted by the Al Jazeera Centre for Studies – by invitation only)

The Media Studies Unit of the Al Jazeera Centre for Studies offers a workshop to explore and discuss a number of scholarly and academic works on Al Jazeera. In addition to the participants, Al Jazeera senior staff are invited to take part in the discussions and keep abreast of the latest developments in the field of media studies.  In the workshop, authors, reviewers and researchers will present, review, and discuss a number of recently published works, as well as PhD Theses currently undertaken in different universities.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

9:00 – 9:30am: Registration

9:30 – 9:35am: Introduction

9:35 – 9:45am: Welcoming Remarks by Wadah Khanfar

9:45 – 10:15am: Keynote Speech

10:15 – 11:45am: Session I: The Power Shift in the Middle East in the Context of History – the Arab World, Iran & Turkey

The Middle East is witnessing historic change in its political landscape and creating headlines and debate across the global media. Political leaders and students of politics are searching for ways to understand the changing dynamics and emerging political paradigms. This change is not planned nor managed by the major power brokers of the region or international powers – the current change process is fundamentally being championed by emerging political actors along with active civil society in the region.  This session will bring together a unique selection of the world’s leading experts on emerging trends in the Arab world, Iran and Turkey, together with a number of prominent intellectuals, academics and journalists in the field to present in-depth analysis of the changing political paradigms in the region.

11:45 – 12:15pm: Break

12:15 – 1:45pm: Session II: Emergence of a Multi Polar World: New Power Players and the Reshaping of the Political Landscape

American and European dominance of the global political arena is predicted to come to an end with the emergence of a multi polar world, where Russia, China and India, along with other regional powers will play a critical role in defining the politics of the new century. The key question is where will this take the world and the Middle East in the next stages of international relations? This session will explore the impact of the seismic shift in international politics for the coming phase of diplomacy and power politics in the Middle East and beyond.

1:45 – 3:15pm: Lunch

3:15 – 5:00pm: Break

5:00 – 6:30pm: Session III: Reporting from the Fragile World: Can the Global Media Reconcile with Changes in the Middle East

Traditionally, local and international media reported the region through the prisms of state actors where the voices of disenfranchised masses and their opinions were either silenced or marginalized. In the last decade the Middle East has seen an enormous shift in political dynamism and the reality on the ground is ever changing: non-state players and civic society are reshaping the political landscape. This session will explore the complex dynamism in the Middle East and examine the role journalism will play in the shifting political and social paradigm.

6:30 – 7:30pm: Break

7:30 – 9:30pm:  Dinner

Monday, March 16, 2009

9:30 – 9:35am: Introduction

9:35 -11:00am: Case Study: Reporting the War on Gaza

The war on Gaza exposed the complexity of political changes taking place in the Middle East and the consequent complexity of reporting the conflict. The war highlighted the differences among global media in terms of strategy of reporting on the war and on the political divides across the region: Al Jazeera opted for a much bolder presentation of realities of the war on the ground while most of the other media presented a sanitized picture of the war by choosing not to air the terrible images of civilian casualties. This session will explore the challenges faced by media institutions in reporting this highly sensitive and complex war and the impact on regional power politics.

11:00 – 11:30am: Break

11:30 – 1:00pm: Case Study: Understanding Instability in the Subcontinent: India, Pakistan & Afghanistan

The outcome of each of the conflicts in these regions will have implications both regionally and across the globe. Afghanistan has been one of the key focal points on the “war on terror” and has become a gravitating point for disenfranchised and marginalized voices from the Arab and Muslim World. India continues to edge towards becoming another powerful player in the subcontinent.  Recent developments in nuclear-armed Pakistan signify the dangers of socio-political instability in the region and its impact globally. This session seeks to understand the conflict zones through the eyes of regional experts who are either from the region or people who have spent time in the region, as part of seeking conflict resolution.

1:00 – 1:15pm: Summary and Concluding Remarks

1:15 – 2: 45pm: Lunch

For more information about the agenda, please visit http://english.aljazeera.net/aboutus/

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