July 29, 2011
The Call for Papers for the upcoming international MediaAcT conference at the University of Lugano has been published. The call, edited by the Swiss team members Colin Porlezza and Stephan Russ-Mohl, is entitled "Media Accountability - Possibilities and Pitfalls in the Era of Web 2.0". It encourages submissions, both theoretical and empirical, focusing on media accountability, in particular with regard to new online technologies such as social media and innovative web-based accountability processes.
July 11, 2011
Almost six months have passed since the former Tunisian president Ben Ali left his position and country after one month of street demonstrations with 300 dead and 700 injured people. Since then, much has been said and written about the role of the Internet, particularly the web 2.0, in initializing and supporting the uprising against one of the toughest dictatorships in the Arab World. But only little do we know about how the revolution has affected the media landscape in Tunisia.
June 14, 2011
The Internet offers new opportunities for the transparency of journalistic work and the responsiveness to audience criticism. A series of country reports, now available on the MediaAcT website, analyse how newsrooms and citizens use the Internet for media accountability in a dozen countries. The working papers are the product of over 80 interviews with experts, professionals and activists, and will be the empirical material for an international comparison of the role of digital technologies in media accountability.
June 09, 2011
The MediaAcT project's state-of-the-art reports on media accountability and transparency in Europe are now available in book form. The volume carries the title "Mapping Media Accountability - in Europe and Beyond". Edited by the consortium members Tobias Eberwein, Susanne Fengler, Epp Lauk and Tanja Leppik-Bork, it provides pioneer work in analyzing the development of established and emerging media accountability instruments in 14 countries in Eastern and Western Europe as well as the Arab world.