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Medier og Demokrati

Njalsgade 80

2300 København S

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New Media and Democracy: An Open Discussion on the Global and Local Effects of New
Information Technologies

Torsdag den 21. april 2005 kl. 10-17.00

Københavns Universitet Amager, lokale 27.1.47


Don Slater

Department of Sociology, London School of Economics.
Embeddedness and escape: mobile phones and Internet in Ghana
Mobile phone and Internet use have taken off in explosively in Ghana over the past 5 years, giving the impression of a West African information technology revolution. In fact, ethnographic research shows that the two technologies are used in completely different - indeed dialectically opposite - ways: internet is largely framed as a magical means for accumulating foreign social capital ('escape'), whereas mobile phones are framed as a very practical means for managing the demands of existing relationships ('embeddedness'). The two technologies therefore also link to development strategies (personal and collective) in quite different ways, which need to be reflected in ICT policy and development strategies.


Alexandre Alapetite

Risø National Laboratory, Systems Analysis Department

Wikipedia, an encyclopaedia made by a community all over the Internet

Wikipedia is a collaborative Web-based encyclopaedia, started in 2001. In 2005, with more than 1.5millions articles in 100+ languages, it is the first successful encyclopaedia built online; the two main explanations are: free content, and instant editing even for anonymous visitors.


Arild Fetveit

Department of Film and Media Studies, University of Copenhagen
The Material Aesthetics of War: The Power of Photography in a Network Society
This paper discusses why the photographs from the Abu Ghraib prison were so potent in recalibrating sentiments for the U.S. engagement in Iraq. It links this to the too idealised image of the U.S. which has been projected in political discourse as well as in popular films, and to the aesthetics of the images themselves. The paper also addresses the new ontology of photography where pictures can spread faster and more out of control than with earlier image technologies.

Francesco Lapenta

Department of Film and Media Studies, University of Copenhagen.
Digital democracy in Ten Steps
Although the Information Age has somewhat blunted the force of A.J. Liebling's famous dictum "freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one" new media and new information technologies do not guarantee by themselves the conditions for democratic communication. This paper looks at ten key issues in the contemporary expansion of new information technologies.


Adam Arvidsson

Department of Film and Media Studies, University of Copenhagen
Brands as Informational Capital



Dr Don Slater