The Digital Revolution and its Futures: a symposium

2 November 2010, 11:00 - 18:30

LT3, Judge Business School, Trumpington Street, Cambridge

Humanitas Visiting Professor in Media

Made possible by the generous support of the Blavatnik Family Foundation

Dr Mathias  Döpfner (Chairman, CEO, Axel Springer AG)

Registration for the symposium is free and open to all on a first come, first served basis.  To register, please follow the link on the right.

A provisional programme is available via the link on the right. The symposium concludes the first in the series of Humanitas Visiting Professorships in Media, made possible by the generous support of the Blavatnik Family Foundation. 

The Inaugural Visiting Professorship in Media Lectures 2010




Tuesday 2 November

10.30 - 11.00


11.00 - 12.30

Welcome and Introduction

Panel 1: Digital Government
Chair:  Lord Wilson of Dinton (Master, Emmanuel College, Cambridge)

Marietje Schaake (MEP for the Dutch Liberal party D66), Media, Free Speech, and Democratic government in the EU

Dr Damian Tambini (Department of Media and Communications, LSE), Communication media, the state, and the social compact

12.30 - 13.30 

Lunch Break

13.30 - 15.00

Panel 2: Digital Democracy
Chair:  Dr Mirca Madianou (Sociology, Cambridge)

John Naughton (Professor of the Public Understanding of Technology, The Open University), The Net: digital echo-chamber or revitalised public sphere?

Natalie Fenton (Professor of Media and Communication, (Goldsmith's, University of London), New Media, Journalism and Democracy: Figments of a Neo-Liberal Imagination 

Dennis Stevenson (Lord Stevenson of Coddenham, Chairman in Residence, Judge Business  School), Digital Democracy and Political Literacy: Is there a Connection in the UK?

15.00 - 16.30

Panel 3:  The Global Revolution
Chair:  Dr Allègre Hadida (Judge Business School, Cambridge)

Qiang Xiao
(Founder and Chief Editor, China Digital Times; Adjunct Professor, The Graduate School of Journalism, University of California, Berkeley), River Crabs, Grass Mud Horses and the Great Firewall: Contested Space on the Chinese Internet

Jaideep Prabhu
(Nehru Professr of Indian Business & Enterprise, Judge Business School, Cambridge), The Digital Revolution and the Next 4 Billion

Sir Martin Rees (Lord Rees of Ludlow; Master, Trinity College, Cambridge; President of the Royal Society), The digital revolution and academia

16.30 - 17.00

Coffee/ Tea Break

17.00 - 18.15

In Conversation with Professor Mathias Döpfner:

James Murdoch (Chairman and CEO of News Corporation, Europe and Asia) and John Witherow (Editor, Sunday Times)

18.15 - 18.30
Discussion and Concluding Remarks