The first Media Democracy Day was organized by local Toronto and Vancouver members of the Campaign for Press and Broadcast Freedom (CPBF), an organization modeled after the British group of the same name. CPBF, now called OpenMedia.ca, consisted of concerned citizens, researchers, activists and academics. It promotes media reform issues related to net neutrality, fair and balanced copyright, mobile Internet and phone services, and online provicy.
Media Democracy Days (MDD), has become the signature event for alternative, independent, and democratic media in Canada. It is presented by the School of Communication at SFU, OpenMedia.ca, and the Vancouver Public Library.
Media Democracy Days Vancouver has become the signature event for alternative, independent, and democratic media in Canada and expanded in a multi-day event of screenings, workshops, and public lectures. It takes a three-pronged approach to understanding media democracy:
- Know the media by engaging in critical, progressive, cross-cultural, and intergenerational policy dialogue
- Be the media by working directly with local media makers to produce messages that intervene in cultural and political life
- Change the media by collaborating with community members to create progressive coalitions and actionable political goals.
MDD Vancouver Promotional Video
Launched in 2001, MDD western Canada’s signature event for the growing global media democratization movement. This movement seeks to create a more participatory media system by supporting independent and public service media production, celebrating innovation and creating dialogue around the politics and biases linked to our increasingly corporate and concentrated media.
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