Geneva Media Trends Conference 2014: Abstract Deadline Jan. 1

| November 14, 2013
Webster University Geneva Media Trends Conference

Last year’s Media Trends Conference keynote speaker Zoriah Miller with attendees at Webster University’s campus in Geneva.

Webster University Geneva will hold its fifth annual Media Trends Conference focusing on one of the most critical and all-pervasive topics of our time, “Media and The Invasion of Privacy,” on April 3-4, 2014.

Two workshops will be offered, “Protecting Yourself from Cyber Crime” and “Protecting Freedom of Speech.” Keynote speakers are confirmed, including Christian Lutz, a censored Swiss photographer.

The Media Trends Conference planners strongly encourage the submission of cross-disciplinary research and alternative points of view in order to promote debate and discussion on these often highly-contentious topic areas.

How to Submit an Abstract

Interested parties are invited to submit abstracts until Jan. 1, 2014. Selected participants will be notified by January 15, 2014. Drafts of papers (meeting publishing guidelines) are due March 15, 2013.

Submissions or requests for information can be emailed to Tammy Rosso at, Rebekah Jorgensen at, or by post to: Dept. of Media Communications, Webster University Geneva, 15 route de Collex, 1293 Bellevue, Switzerland.

Media Trends Conference Panels

These eight panels will explore a wide variety of current privacy issues:

Panel 1 – Governments, Media and the Public Interest
From secret agreements between countries to increasing efforts to limit global access, who is truly on the side of
the public?

Webster University Media Trends Conference in Geneva

Sessions throughout last year’s two-day conference were well attended. This year, eight panels will explore a wide variety of current privacy issues.

Panel 2 – Whistleblowing or Terrorism?
From Assange and Wikileaks to Manning and Snowden, are these people whistleblowers protecting the public interest or terrorists intent on destroying it?

Panel 3 -Cybersecurity and Cybercrime
From media giant Rupert Murdoch’s phone hacking scandals to Russian cyber-experts hacking of bank details, is anyone safe from cyber-crime?

Panel 4 – Media Invasion of Privacy
Cameras are everywhere, and media programming has become increasingly blatant about using un-released material on average citizens on air. Where should the boundaries lie?

Panel 5 – Business and Commercial Interests
Social media monitoring of consumer tastes, unauthorized marketing, unauthorized data collection: are these legitimate business strategies necessary for businesses to survive in these times and, if not, how should we define the limits?

Panel 6 – Global Regulatory Developments
From nation-specific protection policies, member states agreements, revision of protections for privacy policies and the idea of internet governance is gaining priority. What are the potential issues in charting this course?

Panel 7 – Latest Tools for Technical Surveillance
From Google glasses and smartphones to drones and microphones, the tools available for invasion of privacy are on the rise—and being used by an ever increasing number of individuals. What can/should be done in monitoring privacy issues?

Panel 8 – Emerging Privacy Issues
Recent efforts to muzzle artists, journalists, writers and filmmakers are on the rise. Are increasing efforts to ban alternative viewpoints “extremist” and how globally are individual rights to publish protected?

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