A Crowd-Sourced Vision for MDD 2013

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We are very pleased to let you know that MDD 2013 is currently under construction. We’ve got big things planned for this year, and we thought we should put our community in the loop on two of them now.

A little while ago, we asked our community what they wanted to see at MDD 2013 through our #MDDideas campaign. We reviewed tons of submissions and are working hard to reflect them in this year’s programming. As a result, we are proud to announce that our crowd-sourced vision for this year’s conference on November 8 & 9 will focus on the following themes:

I. Aboriginal Voices
II. Information Control in Canada

You can expect panels, workshops, films and speakers covering topics such as Freedom of Information (FOI) requests, #IdleNoMore, the muzzling of Canadian scientists, aboriginal leadership in community broadband, gender and journalism, environmental struggles, and much much more!

Second, we will be launching a brand new redesigned website for the Media Democracy Project with help from the amazing designers at Working Design! The web developers and graphic designers are nearly done with the site, and we expect it to be along in the next few weeks.

You may be wondering to yourself, “But why is the new website for the Media Democracy Project and not Media Democracy Days? Good question. In addition to this new website, MDD is also undergoing a small restructuring. You see, we have expanded to include the CounterCulture Speaker Series (organized with SFU’s Institute for the Humanities and School of Communication) along with ongoing research projects, including a new project into the effects of alternative media consumption led by Dr. Kathleen Cross, Dr. Bob Hackett, and Dr. Shane Gunster as part of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Climate Justice Project. With all of this plus our annual conference, we decided we needed a website that will help reflect the breadth of our work and organize it more efficiently for our community.

Thanks for reading, and we’ll be sure to keep you in the loop as things develop!

Josh and Alex, on behalf of the Media Democracy Project

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