English press release: Subconference on “video blogs”

Many thanks to cervus for the english-translation of our current press release:

Today it’s a mere three weeks until the opening of “re:publica ‘08 - the critical mass”. The conference program now reached its version 0.8 and is in late beta. We’re still waiting for a few confirmations from speakers and description of their talks. For now we can announce the subconference on “video blogs”, which is generously supported by the Federal Agency for Civic Education. Here’s the according press release:

re:publica ’08 — the critical mass: the Berlin conference on culture, politics, and the digital society.

From April 2-4 more than 800 bloggers, netizens, and media creators will gather in Berlin for “re:publica ‘08 — the critical mass”. “The theme running through the conference is the social and cultural impact of blogs, wikis, and social networks; social media that rely on the interaction between people. We are excited about having put more than 100 talks, panels & workshops in a program that will cover the multifaceted aspects of the digital society”, says Markus Beckedahl of netzpolitik.org.

Johnny Haeusler: “Since its inception in 2007 re:publica is regarded as the premiere German internet conference with an emphasis on the social and cultural impact. Initiated and populated by many actors in this field, it also portrays the current state of the digtial society in Germany.”

The Highlight on Friday (April 04) is a sub-conference on the topic of “video blogs”. In cooperation with the Federal Agency for Civic Education it discusses the change enacted by video blogs and video platforms, how the audience becomes a participant and how this changes our media system. Further panels on Friday will address how videos change political communication on the net and what alternative licences like Creative Commons mean for cultural exchange.

Dr. Verena Wiedemann, General Secretary of ARD, is to present the internet strategy of the ARD and will discuss “What’s the role of public broadcasting in the digital age?” with bloggers & netizens. International video-bloggers will report from their projects in the United States, Iraq, Tunisia and the Netherlands.

Jesse Patel of Miro project will describe how an open source community is building the future of television in his keynote on “Open Video, Open Society”.

Apart from the German internet community and distinguished international guests re:publica expects many representatives from web 2.0 companies, interested guests and the media. The conference is jointly organised by Spreeblick and newthinking communications and will cost 60 Euro, 40 for bloggers, and 100 Euro for company representatives. After its successful launch in 2007 re:publica takes place in Berlin for the second time. Last year it was attended by more than 700 people. It is the only German event of this size that is organized by bloggers and open to everyone interested in the digital society.

“We are particularly pleased that IBM is supporting us again, this time as premium partner”, says Andreas Gebhard of newthinking communications. re:publica ’08 is sponsored by Hauptstadtkulturfonds Berlin. The video subconference is supported by the Federal Agency for Civic Education.

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