Julian Assange, WikiLeaks’s founder and Internet activist, will keynote – live via satellite – the International Media Congress at Medienwoche@IFA, set to start on 5 September 2011 in Berlin, which would bring together experts from internet and media industry as well as consumer electronics.
Assange is well-known as a figurehead and founder of WikiLeaks. Journalist and publisher Assange is announced to contribute his keynote speech looking at the future of the digital public sphere and at global transparency. Assange’s keynote will be broadcasted at the annual congress on 5 September (which is the official Producers Day!) and 6 September taking place as part of Medienwoche@IFA (Media Week @ Internationale Funk-Ausstellung).
Afterwards Julian Assange will be interviewed by Melinda Crane, Chief Political Correspondent of DW – Deutsche Welle TV.
At this year’s congress, representatives of different companies and organizations are expected to discuss topics like
the current challenges faced by content providers and platform operators, caused by changed boundary conditions; new transmission paths and business models; trends and tendencies in media development; the social responsibility of the media in the Internet age and the upcoming course settings for film, media and the Internet.
The integration of innovation, science and research will be a new main theme in 2011.
The International Media Congress event is organized by the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg (hosting as well our crisp role model Berlin Web Week), funded by the Medienanstalt Berlin-Brandenburg and the German federal states of Berlin and Brandenburg.
Update 23 August 2011 –
Assange will keynote about The Future of Digital Publicity, Transparency and What It Means for the World (working titel) on Tuesday, 6 Sep from 10.00 am to 11.00 am.
Update 07 September 2011 –
The video stream of the keynote by Julian Assange is now available on German news channel N24.