Conferences and Workshops

Digital Diversity: Serving the Public Interest in the Age of Broadband

Experts Workshop
Sponsored by The Ford Foundation
Penn State Institute for Information Policy/Fordham McGannon Center Co-Hosts
Fordham University, Lincoln Center Campus

May 3-5, 2011


Monday, May 2
8:00 – 10:00 Welcome reception: Faculty Dining Room, Plaza Level, Lowenstein Bldg., Fordham University Lincoln Center Campus, 113 W. 60th St. (corner 60th   and Columbus Ave.)

Tuesday, May 3

8:30 – 8:45 Continental breakfast

8:45 – 9:00 Welcoming Remarks and Logistics: Co-Organizers

9-10 Where do we stand? Diversity and the Public Interest in a Broadband World.
Presentation by Philip Napoli, McGannon Center, Fordham University and Amit
, Institute for Information Policy, The Pennsylvania State University

10:00 – 10:15 Coffee break


1. Defining Diversity

10:15 – 11:15 Schement, Jorge R., Dean, School of Communications and Information Science, Rutgers University and Kretchmer, Susan B., Partnership for Progress on the Digital Divide. “Everything Old is New Again: Change and Continuities in Transitioning the
Public Interest in Diversity Challenge to the Digital Age to Reinvent Universal Service”
Respondent: Prof. Catherine Middleton
Group Discussion

11:15 – 12:15 Hitchens,  Lesley,  University  of  Technology,  Sydney,  Australia. “Media Regulatory
Frameworks in the New Broadband Era: Securing Diversity”
Respondent: Prof. Richard Taylor
Group Discussion

12:15 – 1:30 Lunch. Speaker: Mr. Mark Lloyd, Associate General Counsel and Chief
Diversity Officer, Federal Communications Commission

1:30-2:30 Fuentes-Bautista,  Martha,  University  of  Massachusetts,  Amherst. “Locating ‘Diversity’  in 
a Networked Media Environment”
Respondent: Prof. Vikki Katz, Prof. Matt Matsaganis
Group Discussion

2:30 – 2:45 Coffee break

2:45 – 4:00 Cooper,  Mark,  Fordham  University. “Defining Diversity in the 21st Century Public Sphere by Applying Lessons from the Social and Biological Sciences”.
Respondent: Prof. Lesley Hitchens
Group Discussion

4:00 Tuesday Sessions Conclude

6:30 Dinner: Rosa Mexicano, 61 Columbus Avenue at 62nd St.

Wednesday, May 4

8:30 – 9:00 Continental breakfast

2. Diversity Online

9:00 – 10:00 Turner-Lee, Nicol and Miller, Joseph S., Media and Technology Institute for the Joint Center  for  Political  and  Economic  Studies. “From Consumers to Producers: Engaging Minorities in Digital Innovation”.
Respondent: Prof. Martha Fuentes-Bautista
Group Discussion

10:00 – 10:15 Coffee break

10:15 – 11:15 Katz, Vikki S., Rutgers University, and Matsaganis, Matthew D., State University of New
York  at  Albany. “Broadband Internet & Ethnic Media: Opportunity or Threat?”
Respondent: Mr. Mark Lloyd
Group Discussion

3. Media Pluralism and the Public Sphere.

11:15 – 12:15 Valcke,  Peggy,  K.U.  Leven. “Measuring Media Pluralism in Europe: Combining Legal, Economic and Socio-Demographic Indicators with Risk Assessment Methods”
Respondent: Prof. Dan Sullivan
Group Discussion

12:15 – 1:30 Lunch. Speakers: Mr. David Honig, President and Executive Director, Minority Media and Telecommunications Council and Ms. Latoya Livingston, Esq., Earle K. Moore Fellow, Minority Media and Telecommunications Council

1:30 – 2:30 Sullivan, Dan, University of Minnesota, and Mersey, Rachel D., Northwestern University.
“Diversity of Voices in the Public Sphere: An Argument for Effects Measurement”
Respondent: Prof. Natali Helberger
Group Discussion

2:30 – 2:45 Coffee break

2:45 – 3:45 Helberger, Natali and van der Sloot, Bart, Institute for Information Law, Universities of
Nijmegen  &  Amsterdam, “Diversity  from  a  User’s  Perspective”
Respondent: Prof. Philip Napoli
Group Discussion

3:45 – 4:45 Lennett, Benjamin, Meinrath, Sascha, and Glaisyer, Tom, New America Foundation.
“Rethinking Spectrum Policy, Public Media and Diversity for the 21st Century”.
Respondent: Prof. Heather Hudson
Group Discussion

7:00 – Dinner: Josephina Restaurant, 1900 Broadway between 63rd and 64th Streets

Thursday, May 5

9:00 – 9:30 Continental breakfast


4. Broadband Diversity and Community

9:30 – 10:30 Hudson, Heather, University of Alaska.    “Digital Diversity: Broadband and Indigenous
Populations in Alaska”
Respondent: Dean Jorge Schement
Group Discussion

10:30 – 10:45 Coffee break

10:45 – 11:45 Nieminen,  Hannu  and  Aslama,  Minna,  University  of  Helsinki.    “Legalizing Access: The
Case of Broadband in Finland”
Respondent: Prof. Peggy Valcke
Group Discussion


5. Broadband Diversity and Policy
12:00 – 1:30 Lunch. Speaker: Prof. Eli Noam, Professor of Economics and Finance, Columbia
University Business School; Director, Columbia Institute of Tele-Information (CITI)

1:30 – 2:30 Middleton,  Catherine,  Ryerson  University. “Open Access Matters: Allowing for Diversity of Service Provision on Broadband Networks”
Respondent: Prof. Amit Schejter
Group Discussion

2:30 – 2:45 Coffee Break

2:45 – 3:45 Cramer,  Benjamin,  Penn  State  University.“The Perils of Assuming Diversity in
Broadband Policy”
Respondent: Dr. Nicol Turner-Lee
Group Discussion

3:45 – 4:15 Summary and Final Discussion, Future Plans and Recommendations
4:15 – 4:30 Concluding Remarks

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