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25 MAY, 2017 

PRE-CONFERENCE AT ICA 2017 IN SAN DIEGO, USA 

The Consequences of the Internet for Authoritarian Politics: COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVES

This one-day pre-conference was hosted by the Emmy Noether research group at the 67th annual conference of the International Communication Association that took place on May 25-29, 2017 in San-Diego, USA. The pre-conference provided a forum for scholars from across the globe to discuss, and develop, comparative perspectives on the consequences of the Internet for authoritarian politics.  

 

 

PROGRAMME OF ICA 2017 PRE-CONFERENCE

 

 

Time & Venue 

Date: May 25, 2017

Time: 9 am - 5 pm 
Location: San Diego Hilton Bayfront, 2, Indigo 204B

 

 

Wednesday 24th May 

 

19:00 Welcome dinner for participants in a restaurant close to the conference hotel (venue to be announced). 

 

 

Thursday 25th May

 

9:00 – 10:00 Panel discussion: Comparing Political Communication Across Authoritarian Contexts: Challenges and Perspectives

 

Paolo Mancini (University of Perugia, Italy)

Muzammil M. Hussain (University of Michigan, USA)

Svetlana Bodrunova (Saint Petersburg University, Russia)

 

Moderator: Florian Toepfl (FU Berlin, Germany)

 

 

10:00 – 10:30 Coffee break

 

 

10:30 – 12:30 Panel I: The Consequences of the Internet for Authoritarian Politics: Comparative Perspectives

 

Marlies Glasius, Marcus Michaelsen (Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research, the Netherlands)

Digital Authoritarian Practices: A Conceptual Approach to Internet Use and Governance in Authoritarian Contexts

 

Muzammil M. Hussain, Vishnupriya Das, Fan Liang, Nadiya Kostyuk, Wei Chen, Nicholas Moore (University of Michigan, USA)

High-Tech Governance through Big Data Surveillance: Tracing the Development of India and China’s Population-Data Infrastructures, 2000 - Present 

 

Michael Meyen, Kerem Schamberger (LMU Munich, Germany) 

Authoritarian Media Steering in the Internet Age. A Comparative Study of 18 Mass Media Systems

 

Florian Toepfl, Anna Litvinenko (FU Berlin, Germany) 

Mapping Comment Sections of News Websites across Authoritarian and Non-Authoritarian Contexts

 

Chair: Terhi Rantanen (London School of Economics, UK)

 

 

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch break

 

 

13:30 – 14:30 Panel II: Political Communication and New Media in Authoritarian Contexts: Case Studies

 

Juana Du (Royal Roads University, Canada), Hongzhong Zhang (Beijing Normal University, China) 

Media Credibility: A Comparison between Privately Owned Websites and State-Owned CCTV in the Context of China

 

Yusi Liu (Zhejiang University, China)

The Changing Mediated Environment and Collective Memory of Netizens in Authoritarian China: Revisit the Critical Period Hypothesis, Digital Immigrants, and Digital Shock 

 

 

Chair: Anna Litvinenko (FU Berlin, Germany)

 

14:30 – 15:00 Coffee break 

 

15:00 – 16:00 Panel II: Continued

  

Sarah Oates (University Maryland, USA) 

Mapping Russian Propaganda in a Rewired World: Leveraging the Analytic Power of Strategic Narrative and Computational Linguistics

 

Daniela Stockmann (Hertie School of Governance, Germany), Ting Luo (Leiden University, Netherlands) 

Which Social Media Facilitate Online Public Opinion in China?

 

Chair: Anna Litvinenko (FU Berlin, Germany)

 

 

16:00 – 16:30 Final remarks 

 

The pre-conference is organised by the Emmy Noether research group “Mediating (Semi-)Authoritarianism: The Power of the Internet in the Post-Soviet World,” Freie Universitaet Berlin.  


 Please download the programme here

                                                                                                    


17-20 November, 2015

Tweeting the War: Social Media and WAR Coverage in the Ukraine

Four-Day Conference at FU Berlin

This four-day conference will be hosted by the Emmy Noether research group, in co-operation with the International Center for Journalism, in Berlin from 17-20 November 2015. Approximately 25 journalists and scholars primarily from Russia, Ukraine, and Germany are expected to participate. Selected sessions of the conference entitled "Tweeting the War: Social Media and War Coverage in the Ukraine" will be open to the public.

 

More information on the event can be found here.


Monday, 26 October 2015, 6:00 pm

RT Versus the World: Russia’s Global Media Strategy

TALK at the FU BY Ann CoopeR, Columbia Journalism School

 

The spread of ideas matters. That's why Russia is spending so much money to spread its ideas via global media like RT, Sputnik and Russia Beyond the Headlines. Is anyone paying attention? Ann Cooper, CBS Professor of Professional Practice in International Journalism at Columbia Journalism School, will offer an answer to this question.

 

Ann Cooper is CBS Professor of Professional Practice in International Journalism at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, New York. She is an award-winning journalist and foreign correspondent with more than 25 years of radio and print reporting experience. Most recently, Professor Cooper was the executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, one of the world's leading press freedom advocacy groups. More information on Professor Cooper can be retrieved from http://www.journalism.columbia.edu/profile/30-ann-cooper/10. The event was sponsored by the US embassy in Berlin.

 


5-7 October 2015

Tweeting the War: Social Media and War Coverage in the Ukraine

Three-DAy Workshop in Kiev

This three-day workshop was co-organized by the Emmy Noether group and the International Center for Journalism at the Free University of Berlin. It featured more than a dozen speakers, amongst them journalists, scholars, and human rights activists from Germany, Ukraine, and Russia.

 

A short summary of the discussion (in German) is available from the website of the International Center for Journalism.  A summary of the event in Ukrainian was published by the NGO Telekritika.