I’ve been invited to speak in a session at the upcoming World Electronic Media Forum (WEMF – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 10-11 December ’07). The session title is Role of ‘own-time media’/'any place media’ in the service of development and the topic is described as:
A rapidly growing number of people in the OECD countries listen to radio content of their choice through podcasts on their iPods or other MP3 players. This allows them to have access to high quality content in the area of their specific interest and at a time and place that doesn’t conflict with their work and obligations. What about the developing world? Is there a scope to use MP3 players beyond urban music consumption, particularly to make specific high quality content available to the poor and people in remote areas? What could be the role of public service broadcasters who have a competitive advantage in providing trusted high quality content? The panellists will discuss some encouraging first lessons and trends in a global and local context that is shaped by media convergence.
The session will be chaired by Dr. Abdul Waheed Khan, Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information, UNESCO and the speakers are:
- Bruce Girard, Expert in community radio and local media, Comunica
- Seema B. Nair, Project Leader UNESCO India
- Kristine Pearson, Chief Executive, Freeplay Foundation
This is the WEMF’s 3rd meeting. The first and second ones which were held in Geneva in 2003 and Tunis in 2005, in conjunction with the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). The Forums are World Broadcasting Union events and this third Forum is being organised in Asia by the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU), in collaboration with the Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD) and the Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC). The theme of the third meeting is A new vision of broadcasting in the information society.
The 3rd WEMF is being held in parallel with the 3rd Global Knowledge Conference, also in Kuala Lumpur on 11-13 December.
The WEMF website describes the event:
The 3rd World Electronic Media Forum (WEMF3) will bring together broadcast executives, policy makers, academics, journalists, visionaries and decision makers from around the world. They will look at the fundamental changes taking place in the global information society, and discuss how these will affect the role of the electronic media as well as the dissemination of knowledge, economic and business practices, political engagement and other aspects of society.