Star India hosts workshop on Media and New Technology

Mumbai: India’s largest Media Conglomerate, Star, hosts the second annual symposium on ‘Media and New Technology – New Technologies, New Challenges: Indian Media Issues in Global Perspective’ on December 19th and 20th at the India International Centre, New Delhi. In continuation with last year’s tradition, the symposium explores international and comparative perspectives on media regulation as it affects current debates and the future role of information in society.

The symposium, an initiative of Oxford University’s Programme in Comparative Media Law & Policy, in cooperation with its academic partners – the National Law University-Delhi, the National University of Juridical Sciences-Kolkata, and the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, will bring together the diverse views of academics, bureaucrats, policymakers, industry leaders, civil society and legal experts to discuss such issues as law and responsibilities of self-regulation of media entities, regulation of the Internet, and emerging technologies in the context of freedom of information, privacy, and freedom of expression.

Key speakers who addressed the audience at this Symposium include Uday Kumar Varma, Secretary, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Mark Stephens, Former Legal Advisor for Wikileaks, Osama Abu-Dehays, Head of Legal Affairs, Al Jazeera, Arvind Rajagopal, Professor of Media, Culture and Communication, NYU Blair Levin, Communications & Society Fellow, Aspen Institute, Siddharth Varadarajan, Editor at The Hindu, Siddharth Narrain, Alternative Law Forum- Bangalore, Manoj Mitta, Senior Editor at The Times of India, Sevanti Ninan, Founder of TheHoot.com, and Monroe Price, Director Center for Global Communication Studies, University of Pennsylvania.

Deepak Jacob, EVP & General Counsel – Legal & Regulatory Affairs, Star India said:”Star India is extremely proud to host the Second Annual Symposium on Media and Technology in association with The Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy, University of Oxford, National Law University, Annenberg School for Communication, National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata. The opening address by Uday Varma, Secretary, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting set the tone for the two day session in which he announced the Government’s roadmap both for digitization and content regulation. The other panel discussions involving media experts from both from India and abroad shed lot of light on the evolution of media in India and the need for a broader approach rather than a narrow-heavy handed approach. We look forward to the PCMLP’s report after the completion of the event which will be circulated to all the stakeholders in the Indian media sector as it is an extremely useful document on the study of media and new technology.”

This Symposium follows the 2011 Price Media Law Moot Court Competition – South Asia Rounds that took place on December 15-18 at the National Law University – Delhi.

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