Strasbourg, 10 November 2011

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STEERING COMMITTEE
ON THE MEDIA AND NEW COMMUNICATION SERVICES

(CDMC)

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15th meeting
29 November to 2 December 2011
Council of Europe, Agora, Strasbourg
(Salle G01)

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International Conference on Political Communication
in the era of new technologies

Warsaw, 22-23 September 2011-11-10

Report prepared by Garegin Chugaszyan
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POLITICAL COMMUNICATION IN THE ERA OF NEW TECHNOLOGIES

About the conference
International Conference organized by the Polish Communication Association and the University of Warsaw , Faculty of Journalism
and Political Science, Warsaw 22-23 September 2011,
4 parrarel panels, 80 participants from 25 countries

Themes of the conference
New Technologies as a Tool and Challenge for Political Communication
The Role of the New Media in Democratization Process
Effects of the New Media on the Audience
New Technologies in Communication Process
Citizens and New Media
Politics and Politicians in the Era of New Technologies: Political Communication and the New Media
New Media and Elections: National Case Studies

Major Interesting Participants
Democracy and New Media: Do the Two Go Together? Karol Jakubowicz
Oscillating between field and discipline. ECREA’s role in the Europeanization of communication
and media studies Nico Carpentier, Loughborough University,
UK, Vice-President ECREA
Cyber – Active! Civil Society, Technology and Contemporary Revolution Robert Imre, University of Newcastle, Australia

Lessons learned
Democratic institutions, designed for a different temporal reality, rush to keep up with the pace of modernity. But democratic deficit in representative political institutions and endemic insecurities of representative democracy doesn’t let change to happen…

The change of the vision of democracy as once–a–year voting toward a new vision of engaged democracy where everyone — not only elites — participate is becoming perceived as a urgent need in many countries…

Media and increasingly new media, along with political parties have been widely regarded as the backbone of democracy, performing such vital functions as presenting candidates for office, representing various social groups, aggregating interests, and integrating citizens into the political process.. Yet they appear to be underperforming...

The close interrelation between the right to freedom of media and expression and the posible right for democracy or right for informed participation in decisión making processes is moving us towards the perception of New Democracy understood as new culture, where a new balance can be created between representative and direct democracy …

But how to create new culture of democracy and where to create, especially for young people?

Many questions like emergence of new public spaces(virtual as continuation of physical spaces), as well as privatization of public sphere, which is the only space to practice democracy need further attention…