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SXSW Interactive 2014

Press Freedom When Everyone Has a Press

The Internet and new technologies have democratized media making, and more people are taking up the tools of journalism. As new networks for reporting emerge, so have new threats to press freedom. Journalist arrests, whistleblower investigations, government surveillance and prosecution are having a chilling effect on accountability journalism.

When journalism is created by the crowd, we need the crowd to defend it. How do we leverage public pressure to make our leaders understand what the First Amendment means in the digital age, support new journalistic efforts in all their forms and beat back bad laws that threaten our rights to connect and communicate?

From a crowd-funded foundation that is supporting a new generation of independent journalism, to a broad-based public campaign for all people's right to record, we'll explore how the networked fourth estate is being built and defended.

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  1. What are the new threats facing the networked fourth estate in a digital age?
  2. What does press freedom mean when everyone has a press in their pockets?
  3. How can we support and protect citizen journalists, freelancers and bloggers who are increasingly covering many of the most critical issues and stories facing our nation?
  4. Can a crowd-funded foundation circumvent financial embargoes and help build the next Wikileaks?
  5. How can ad-hoc networks of citizen journalists help expand and defend impactful journalism?



Chris Palmer, Media Advocacy Organizer, Free Press

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  • Tags: journalism, activism
  • Event: Interactive
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Privacy and Security
  • Level: Intermediate
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