Daily Kos political blogger Markos Moulitsas will keynote a day-long gathering in Boston on Friday, Oct. 26 that will explore topics such as the effect of the Internet on copyright, libel, politics and the role of citizen journalists. "New Media and the Marketplace of Ideas," will be held at Boston University and is sponsored by three units of the university plus the Boston law firm of Prince, Lobel, Glovsky & Tye.
The Internet is radically transforming the media and restructuring the marketplace of ideas, organizers of the event say. As a result: A wide range of challenging legal, business, and policy issues. Are blogs just another type of journalism, with all the rights of traditional media, or are they something different requiring greater controls? Do IP laws interfere with or facilitate new media? How should media businesses respond to the changing environment? Who will be gatekeepers for the new media?
"Our target audience includes bloggers, journalists, First Amendment lawyers, intellectual property lawyers, PR and advertising firms, academics who specialize in communications, journalism, advertising, constitutional law and intellectual property law as well as communications and law students," says Mary Gallagher, a spokesperson for the BU Law School. "We also think the conference is relevant to the political community given the increasing use of the internet in political discourse and campaigns."
The other two BU sponsors are the School of Communication and radio station WBUR. Other featured speakers include former Boston Globe ombudsman and media critic Mark Jurkowitz , now of the Project for Excellence in Journalism, Sherrese Smith, of WashingtonPost.Newsweek Interactive, Gigi Sohn, of the advocacy group Public Knowledge, and John Wilpers, editor-in-chief of the free daily, BostonNOW.
Knowledgeable participants from academic and the media will provide commentary at the day-long event, and time will be allowed for audience participation. The program is free although the luncheon, with Moulitsas as keynote speaker, is $30 (students free with identification; registration required). For more details and to register, please visit www.bu.edu/mediatoday or contact Gallagher at 617-353-3097 (firstname.lastname@example.org)