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Camden Conference theme announced for February 21-23, 2020

Posted October 31, 2019

The Camden Conference announces the theme of its 2020 Conference, The Media Revolution: Changing the World.

No country in the world has been immune to the 21st century media revolution. A time when three networks and a daily newspaper presented Americans with similar stories and commentary is behind us. Today’s user of a personal cell phone and the Internet has immediate access to thousands of information sources from around the world. An individual also has the unprecedented power to share information that may or may not be true with millions.

Once hailed as a tool that would bring people and nations closer together, the Internet has also had the opposite effect, segmenting users into interest groups. Relying on vast quantities of data, social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Google “microtarget” specific demographic and cultural groups. Many observers of this media free-for-all see it as a threat to democratic institutions and individual rights, privacy and security.

Attend the 2020 Conference to learn how technology is shaping the flow of information and how it is used. Some topics to be addressed will be where people get their news; what will be the role of traditional media and social media; how journalists and the public can discern what is misinformation, disinformation, or malicious distortion; and who bears responsibility for media content.

The Conference moderator will be David Brancaccio, host and senior editor of American Public Media’s Marketplace Morning Report, the business program with the largest audience in any medium. He anchored the award-winning public television news program NOW on PBS until 2010. His reporting has focused on the future of the economy, regulation of financial markets, the role of technology in labor markets, human rights, the environment, and social enterprises.

David’s work has earned some of the highest honors in broadcast journalism, including the Peabody, the Columbia-duPont, the Emmy, and the Walter Cronkite awards. His feature-length documentary film about economic alternatives entitled Fixing the Future was released in theaters nationwide in 2012.

Keynote speaker Nicco Mele is on the faculty at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and is the faculty co-chair of the Harvard Council on the Responsible Use of Artificial Intelligence.

From 2016 to 2019, Nicco was the Director of the Center, where he started new programs focused on understanding misinformation on social networks; sustainable models for local journalism; institutional anti-racism in media and algorithms; and platform accountability. He continues to teach classes on technology’s impact on media, politics, and public policy.

The 2020 Camden Conference takes place February 21-23, live from the Camden Opera House and live streamed to the Strand Theatre in Rockland, Hutchinson Center in Belfast, Hannaford Hall at USM in Portland and an independent site Osher at Dartmouth. Tickets go on sale December 2, 2019; members can purchase tickets anytime. For information on becoming a member visit the website at www.camdenconference.org

The mission of the Camden Conference is to foster informed discourse on world issues. For more information, please visit www.camdenconference.org or call 207-236-1034.