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Context and objective

The existence of a free press/news media, independent from the various powers, namely political and economic, as well as being plural, economically sustainable, guided by criteria of ethics, accuracy, impartiality and truth is a sine qua non condition to democracy, respect for human rights, good governance and open societies.

In a historical context in which disinformation has become prominent, the importance of the role of the press/news media is increasingly evident. However, market and technological developments in recent decades and the COVID-19 pandemic have placed it at risk of survival.

The fast-paced development of so-called Artificial Intelligence (AI), which already allows the automated production of certain information pieces, significantly exacerbates these circumstances. At the same time, the increased speed and connectivity capacity, with the expected 5G, and the multiplication of platforms are contributing to the transformation of the news media sector. The purpose of this High-Level Conference is to raise awareness of the adoption and impact of AI-based technologies on news production, distribution and consumption, and to promote reflection on the journalism of the future in the digital age.


Specific objectives

The Presidency High Level Conference will namely seek to get a better understanding of:

1. The current adoption and use of AI-based technologies in the media ecosystem and innovation in newsrooms, and what to expect in the medium and long term.

2. The impact of the adoption of AI-based technologies in journalism, at structural level, including the ethics and deontology of journalism, journalists’ relationships with users/citizens, their competences and business models, as well as in fundamental rights and democracy.

3. The opportunities and risks in the use of AI-based technologies.

4. Standards and norms to safeguard fundamental rights, freedom of expression and media pluralism.

5. Public policy challenges for the future of journalism/journalism of the future.

6. Areas that require in-depth investigation.

alternative text

Context and objective

The existence of a free press/news media, independent from the various powers, namely political and economic, as well as being plural, economically sustainable, guided by criteria of ethics, accuracy, impartiality and truth is a sine qua non condition to democracy, respect for human rights, good governance and open societies.

In a historical context in which disinformation has become prominent, the importance of the role of the press/news media is increasingly evident. However, market and technological developments in recent decades and the COVID-19 pandemic have placed it at risk of survival.

The fast-paced development of so-called Artificial Intelligence (AI), which already allows the automated production of certain information pieces, significantly exacerbates these circumstances. At the same time, the increased speed and connectivity capacity, with the expected 5G, and the multiplication of platforms are contributing to the transformation of the news media sector. The purpose of this High-Level Conference is to raise awareness of the adoption and impact of AI-based technologies on news production, distribution and consumption, and to promote reflection on the journalism of the future in the digital age.


Specific objectives

The Presidency High Level Conference will namely seek to get a better understanding of:

1. The current adoption and use of AI-based technologies in the media ecosystem and innovation in newsrooms, and what to expect in the medium and long term.

2. The impact of the adoption of AI-based technologies in journalism, at structural level, including the ethics and deontology of journalism, journalists’ relationships with users/citizens, their competences and business models, as well as in fundamental rights and democracy.

3. The opportunities and risks in the use of AI-based technologies.

4. Standards and norms to safeguard fundamental rights, freedom of expression and media pluralism.

5. Public policy challenges for the future of journalism/journalism of the future.

6. Areas that require in-depth investigation.

PROGRAMME

DAY 1: 11 MAY 2021 | 14:00 - 18:20 (GMT+1)
Host: Catarina Carvalho, Journalist, Founder and Director “Mensagem de Lisboa”
14:00 - 14:20

Opening Session

Nuno Artur Silva, Secretary of State for Cinema, Audiovisual and Media
Věra Jourová, Vice-President for Values and Transparency, European Commission
14:20 - 15:50

Session 1: How are AI-based technologies used in newsrooms? Practical cases and opportunities

Moderator: Charlie Beckett, Head of the Polis/London School of Economics and Journalism and AI research project

Emilia Díaz-Struck, Research editor and Latin American coordinator, International Consortium of Investigative Journalists
Francesco Marconi, Computational journalist and CEO at Applied XL - Author "Newsmakers: Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Journalism"
Jarno M. Koponen, Head of AI & Personalization, Yle News Lab
Kati Bremme, Executive Product Manager Innovation, France TV
Wilfried Runde, Head of Research and Cooperation Projects, Deutsche Welle

This panel will give a perspective on the available AI-based technologies and how they are being used at various levels and trough the various types of media.

15:50 - 16:20
Break
16h20 - 18h20

Session 2: AI and Journalism: nature, role, skills and business models

Moderator: Catarina Carvalho, Journalist, Founder and Director “Mensagem de Lisboa”

Anita Zielina, Director of Strategic Initiatives/Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism, City University of New York
Eric Nahon, President, European Journalism Training Association
Natali Helberger, Professor in Law and Digital technology, University of Amsterdam
Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, Director da Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism
Michele Woods, Director, Copyright Law Division, WIPO
Vincent Peyrègne CEO, WAN-IFRA - The World Association of News Publishers

This panel will explore the implications of the adoption of AI-based technologies for the journalism profession and how these technologies challenge the foundation of the profession and its business models.

DAY 2: 12 MAY 2021 | 09:00 - 16:20 (GMT+1)
09:00 - 10:30

Session 3: AI and the Public Service Media

Moderator: Alexandre Brito, Journalist, RTP

Damian Tambini, Associate Professor, London School of Economics
Guy Berger, Director, Strategies and Policies in the field of Communication and Information, UNESCO
Liz Corbin, Deputy Director of Media and Head of News, European Broadcasting Union
Luísa Meireles, News Director, LUSA
Rebecca Skippage, News Editor + Disinformation Lead, BBC News

The debate will address the challenges and impacts of AI-based technologies on Public Service Media and its providers.

10:30 - 11:00
Break
11:00 - 12:30

Session 4: AI, Disinformation, Pluralism and Democracy

Moderator: Paulo Pena, Journalist, Investigate Europe

Antony Cousins, CEO Factmata
Christophe Deloire, Secretary General, Reporters Without Borders and President, Forum on Information and Democracy
Patrick Penninckx, Head of Information Society Department, Council of Europe
Rui Tavares, Historian, Professor, ex- Member of the European Parliament and Founder of the political party Livre
Jürgen Heissel, Director of the Office of the Representative on Freedom of the Media, OSCE

The panel will discuss how AI is being used to promote disinformation as well as how it can be used to prevent and to debunk it. It will also debate the negative impacts the adoption of AI in pluralism, freedom of expression and democracy and what should be done to overcome them.

12:30 - 13:00
Break
13:00 - 14:30

Session 5: Public Policy Challenges’ for the future of journalism / journalism of the future

Moderator: Christophe Leclercq, Founder of EURACTIV Media Network and Chairman of Europe’s MediaLab

José Magalhães, Deputy, Member of the Committee on Culture and Media, Portuguese Parliament
Mogens Blicher Bjerregård, President, European Federation of Journalists
Nuno Artur Silva, Secretary of State for Cinema, Audiovisual and Media
Sabine Verheyen, President, Committee on Culture and Education, European Parliament
Věra Jourová, Vice-President for Values and Transparency, European Commission

High level political actors will have the opportunity to exchange views on public policies to enhance opportunities and address the risks of AI-based technologies in the news media sector as well as challenges for the future of journalism / journalism of the future.

14:30 - 15:00

Wrap-up /conference conclusions

Gustavo Cardoso, Director, OberCom

15:00 - 15:20

Closing Session

Ana Paula Zacarias, Secretary of State for European Affairs
Graça Fonseca, Minister of Culture

SPEAKERS

Alexandre Brito

Journalist, RTP

Ana Paula Zacarias

Secretary of State for European Affairs

Anita Zielina

Director of Strategic Initiatives/Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism, City University of New York

Antony Cousins

CEO Factmata

Catarina Carvalho

Journalist, Founder and Director “Mensagem de Lisboa"

Charlie Beckett

Head of the Polis/London School of Economics and Journalism and AI research project

Christophe Deloire

Secretary General, Reporters Without Borders and President, Forum on Information and Democracy

Christophe Leclercq

Founder of EURACTIV Media Network and Chairman of Europe’s MediaLab

Damian Tambini

Associate Professor, London School of Economics

Emilia Díaz-Struck

Research editor and Latin American coordinator, International Consortium of Investigative Journalists

Eric Nahon

President, European Journalism Training Association

Francesco Marconi

Computational journalist and CEO at Applied XL - Author "Newsmakers: Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Journalism"

Graça Fonseca

Minister of Culture

Gustavo Cardoso

Director, OberCom

Guy Berger

Director, Strategies and Policies in the field of Communication and Information, UNESCO

Jarno M. Koponen

Head of AI & Personalization, Yle News Lab

José Magalhães

Deputy, Member of the Committee on Culture and Media, Portuguese Parliament

Jürgen Heissel

Director of the Office of the Representative on Freedom of the Media, OSCE

Kati Bremme

Executive Product Manager Innovation, France TV

Liz Corbin

Deputy Director of Media and Head of News, European Broadcasting Union

Luísa Meireles

News Diretor, LUSA

Michele Woods

Director, Copyright Law Division, WIPO

Mogens Blicher Bjerregård

President, European Federation of Journalists

Natali Helberger

Professor in Law and Digital technology, University of Amsterdam

Nuno Artur Silva

Secretary of State for Cinema, Audiovisual and Media

Patrick Penninckx

Head of Information Society Department, Council of Europe

Paulo Pena

Journalist, Investigate Europe

Rasmus Kleis Nielsen

Director, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism 

Rebecca Skippage

News Editor + Disinformation Lead, BBC News

Rui Tavares

Historian, Professor, ex- Member of the European Parliament and Founder of the political party Livre

Sabine Verheyen

President, Committee on Culture and Education, European Parliament

Věra Jourová

Vice-President for Values and Transparency, European Commission

Vincent Peyrègne

CEO, WAN-IFRA - The World Association of News Publishers

Wilfried Runde

Head of Research and Cooperation Projects, Deutsche Welle

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