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Thu., April 4

5:00pm

  • Registration Opens

    Check in at registration when you arrive at the conference. You’ll receive a name badge, a printed program and other materials. The folks at the information desk are ready to answer your questions and troubleshoot any issues, so don’t hesitate to speak up.

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7:00pm

  • Shadows of Liberty

    DOCFACTORY and filmmaker Jean-Philippe Tremblay present the U.S. premiere of Shadows of Liberty. This riveting film explores censorship, cover-ups and corporate control in the news media. Journalists, activists and academics give insider accounts of a broken media system — one where controversial reporting is suppressed, people are censored for speaking out and lives are shattered as the arena for public expression is turned into a private profit zone.

    If you're interested, you may download a discussion guide on the film from KCETLink.

    Thu., April 4, 7 p.m., Mercury Café, 2199 California St., downtown Denver. A discussion with the filmmaker will follow the screening.

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  • Denver Welcome Party

    Mercury Café, 2199 California St., downtown Denver

    ArgusFest, the Mercury Café and Free Press invite you to kick off the National Conference for Media Reform at our official pre-party. Jason Bosch of ArgusFest and Chancellar Williams of Free Press will launch the festivities.

    Join us downstairs at 7 p.m. for the U.S. premiere of Shadows of Liberty with filmmaker Jean-Philippe Tremblay. This film explores censorship, cover-ups and corporate control in the news media. Journalists, activists and academics give insider accounts of a broken media system — one where controversial reporting is suppressed, people are censored for speaking out, and lives are shattered as the arena for public expression is turned into a private profit zone.

    A discussion with the filmmaker, Amy Goodman, Robert W. McChesney and Norman Solomon will follow the screening, and Cheri Honkala of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign will give a presentation.

    At 9 p.m., join us upstairs for music, entertainment and dancing, featuring Denver’s own Jonny 5 from the Flobots, singer-songwriter Laura Goldhamer and DJ RIPM with special guest Cavem Moetevation.

    Admission: Suggested donations at the door will benefit ArgusFest and musical guests. (We will not turn anyone away for lack of funds.)

    Directions: Take the free 16th Street Mall Ride to California Street. From there it’s a half-mile walk to the Mercury Café. From California Street and 16th Street, you can also take the Light Rail/D-Line to the 30th & Downing station.

    Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

     

     

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8:00pm

  • Registration Closes

    Registration is closed for the day, but you can check in tomorrow at 8:00 a.m.

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Fri., April 5

8:30am

  • The Commons Open

    Our Conference Commons is an interactive public square featuring an art gallery, a poets’ corner … even an old-school soapbox. Get your book signed in our bookstore, seek out fellow activists, make something in our tech and media playground, check out a video at our screening table and see what our many vendors have to offer.

     

     

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    Plaza Exhibit Hall
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  • Registration Opens

    Check in at registration when you arrive at the conference. You’ll receive a name badge, a printed program and other materials. The folks at the information desk are ready to answer your questions and troubleshoot any issues, so don’t hesitate to speak up.

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10:00am

  • Building the Future: Women, Code and Inclusion

    Women are at the center of some of the most innovative technology work in the country. They’re using code to create a new kind of public service and to build powerful social justice campaigns. And they’re introducing programming to new generations of builders.

    But Silicon Valley and other centers of the tech industry are still mired in a male-dominated “brogrammer” culture that too often alienates women. This session will address the many ways in which women are using code to innovate, make social change and build leaders in communities of color. The conversation will address the strategies needed to help bring balance and diversity to the tech industry.

    Plaza Ballroom D
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  • Media, Technology and Crisis

    In recent years, we’ve faced a series of environmental and human crises — from superstorms on the East Coast to mass shootings across the U.S., from a tsunami in Japan to civil unrest in Africa. With each disaster, journalists and citizen reporters leverage new technologies to cover, communicate with and support their communities. This session will examine how media coverage and digital activism shapes our responses to natural disasters and ongoing conflicts. Learn how new tools — from crowd-sourced mapping to civic hacking to live-tweeting to interactive journalism — have created new challenges and opportunities in moments of crisis.

    Governors Square 11
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  • Tech and Media Lab

    The lab will be open throughout the conference … so stop by to learn, troubleshoot and gain hands-on experience with tech and media tools. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, the folks at the lab will answer your questions, discuss your projects and share their skills. Two teams will be in residence to help you take your work to the next level.  

    Media Hacklab

    Bring your projects, your curiosity and your tech chops to our hacklab. This community-driven lab will focus on real-world problem solving and knowledge sharing. Get your hands on some tech tools and contribute your expertise to other projects. The lab is supported by the Commotion Wireless Project at the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute, which develops open-source communication platforms using Wi-Fi, cellphones and other wireless devices. Jordan McCarthy, Nat Meysenburg and Daniel Staples of the Open Technology Institute will anchor the hacklab.

    Free Software Test Drive

    You’re passionate about Internet freedom, but how free is your computer, phone or tablet? Free software is software with a mission. These community-developed tools offer freedom from corporate control and respect your privacy. Try out a free GNU/Linux operating system, sample social media alternatives that don’t sell your personal data and explore “Respects Your Freedom”-certified 3D printing. Presented by Libby Reinish of the Free Software Foundation.

    Plaza Court 6
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  • Campus Action

    Students are not just the future of our movement; they're already leading the way. College students are presenting their projects, research and journalism throughout the conference.

    Evetta Brown from Southern Illinois University Carbondale will present:

    Like Purple to Lavender: Black Feminists and Digital Spaces

    Evetta will explore how African-American women use the Internet as a platform for discussions of race and feminism.
     

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    Plaza Exhibit Hall
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  • What’s Next for Internet Policy?

    In 2009, the Federal Communications Commission released a National Broadband Plan that did little to address broadband competition. A year later, the agency adopted Net Neutrality rules that many felt didn’t go far enough.

    Since then, Verizon has sued to overturn the Net Neutrality rules — and has claimed the right to “edit the Internet.” Meanwhile, AT&T is petitioning the FCC to overturn longstanding consumer protections.

    2013 will be a big one for Internet policy: Will the courts strike down the Net Neutrality rules? Will the FCC make AT&T’s dreams of total deregulation come true? Will government have a role in protecting consumers? How can activists fight back against corporate overreach and agency inertia? Learn what’s next and find out how activists can push for Internet policy in the public interest.

    Governors Square 15
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  • Middle of Nowhere

    The winner of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival Award for directing, Ana DuVernay’s Middle of Nowhere is an elegant and emotional drama chronicling a woman’s separation from her incarcerated husband and her journey to maintain her marriage and identity. Through a chance encounter and a stunning betrayal, Ruby is propelled in new directions of self-discovery.

    Alexis Hyder of Participant Media will introduce the film.

    Ana DuVernay and Participant Media have been instrumental in moving forward the campaign to end predatory prison phone rates. The conference features two related sessions on Saturday morning: “Call Me (Come Back Home): Fighting the Cost of Prison Calls, part 1 and part 2.”

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  • More Diversity, Less Consolidation: How to Change the Media

    In 2012, Barack Obama was re-elected by a historically diverse coalition that signaled a major demographic shift. But while diversity has changed politics, media ownership diversity still isn’t a reality. In fact, the FCC wants to weaken its ownership rules — which would pave the way for more consolidation and further diminish ownership opportunities for women and people of color. How can we stop runaway media consolidation and boost ownership for underrepresented communities? What can we do to make way for more relevant content and better journalism? This discussion brings together public interest, civil rights and union leaders to discuss the biggest threats to our media system and the policies we need to create media that reflect our nation’s diversity.

    Plaza Ballroom E
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  • The Media’s Influence on the Immigration Debate

    In recent years, immigrant activists, including undocumented students, have placed greater pressure on our nation’s politicians to fix our immigration system. Immigrant activists have protested the Republican Party’s anti-Latino positions and have condemned the Obama administration for its record-level deportation rate (more than 1.5 million immigrants have been deported since the president took office).

    With the 113th Congress taking up immigration legislation, the panel will discuss what role the media have had in defining the current debate. Are the media getting it right or are they misinforming the public — and making it difficult to pass just immigration policy?

    Governors Square 14
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  • Creative Grassroots Fundraising for Journalists and Media Makers

    Grants are great, but increasingly journalists and media makers are relying on grassroots fundraising models that deepen their connections with their communities and turn their fans into funders. This panel will review innovative, community-based efforts to break the cycle of dependence on commercial ads and fickle foundations. Considering everything from crowd-sourcing to collaboration, panelists will discuss how community media makers, indie journalists and others can use inventive strategies and new platforms like the Awesome Foundation and Kickstarter to rally grassroots funding.

    Governors Square 16
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  • Go Beyond the Webcam: TV Studio Hands-On Training

    Video production has become increasingly accessible in recent years, with smartphones featuring HD cameras and simple video editing built right into YouTube. These tools are great, but using the professional equipment and local distribution networks available through community media centers can improve the clarity and reach of your message. Wondering how you can make the leap? In this hands-on workshop we'll teach you essential video skills while you work with a real multi-cam studio. Participants will also have the opportunity to be part of the live conference streaming TV show.

    Plaza Court 7
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  • Shifting Culture Through Storytelling, Media Making and Collaboration

    We’ve got hundreds of cable channels and a bazillion-dollar film industry — but this programming tends to feature a lot of the same old stories. When it’s a story about families, we see heterosexual parents and their children. When it’s a story about reproductive health, we see men talking about the need to limit women’s access to services. We need to interrupt the dominant narrative with stories that reflect what’s really going on in our communities. This workshop will provide an overview of three models designed to do just that. Participants will learn how media can be used to shift culture, support campaigns, foster collaboration and build the social justice  movement.

    Governors Square 10
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11:30am

  • Connect on Foot

    Check out what Denver has to offer while you hang with your fellow conference-goers. Denver is a great walking city, and we've got two unique walking tours. Pick up a map and some fellow travelers at the Free Press booth in the Conference Commons.

    Five Points: Head over to one of Denver’s oldest neighborhoods, Five Points, where Billie Holiday, Miles Davis and Duke Ellington once played, and check out places mentioned in Jack Kerouac’s On the Road. Five Points is also home to the Black American West Museum and Heritage Center, the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library and the Stiles African American Heritage Center.

    While you're in Five Points, you might want to visit the Redline Art Gallery. And right next door you'll find Wonderbound. Denver's newest dance company invites conference attendees to tour its new studio.

    Directions: Five Points is about one mile northeast of downtown and is bordered by Downing Street, Park Avenue, Stout Street and Tremont Place. You can pick up the Light Rail/D-Line downtown at 16th Street and California Street and take it to Five Points.

    Art district: Visit the city’s art district on Santa Fe Drive, where you can find great exhibits at the Chicano Humanities & Arts Council, the Museo de las Américas and Su Teatro. Santa Fe Drive also has plenty of restaurants, shops and other community art spaces.

    Directions: The art district is located on and around Santa Fe Drive and Kalamath Street between Alameda and 12th Avenues.

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  • Lunch Break

    During the lunch break you can go to meet-the-author sessions, jump on the soapbox, connect on foot or stroll the Conference Commons. Then grab lunch on your own. There are several dining options at the Sheraton, and 16th Street is chock full of great restaurants and bars. Many places are within walking distance, and you can also take the free MallRide shuttle, which stops at every block up and down the 16th Street Mall. We’ve also put together a short list of places to grab food and drinks — check your registration packet for details.

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  • Campus Action

    Students are not just the future of our movement; they're already leading the way. College students are presenting their projects, research and journalism throughout the conference.

    Rhoda Shirk from the University of Denver will discuss the media's role in covering genocide and the implications for that coverage in court cases.

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    Plaza Exhibit Hall
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  • Meet the Authors

    Meet some of your favorite writers at our book signings — and spend some time browsing the amazing collection in our conference bookstore, hosted by our friends from Boulder Book Store.

    • David Sirota, Back to Our Future: How the 1980s Explain the World We Live in Now — Our Culture, Our Politics, Our Everything
    • Carlotta Walls LaNier, A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School
    Plaza Exhibit Hall
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12:00pm

  • Meet the Authors

    Meet some of your favorite writers at our book signings — and spend some time browsing the amazing collection in our conference bookstore, hosted by our friends from Boulder Book Store.

    • Robert W. McChesney, Digital Disconnect: How Capitalism Is Turning the Internet Away from Democracy
    • John Nichols, Uprising: How Wisconsin Renewed the Politics of Protest, from Madison to Wall Street
    Plaza Exhibit Hall
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1:30pm

  • Puppet Making

    Puppet power to the people! Emmy-winning producer, Million Puppet March organizer and HelpsGood CEO Michael Bellavia will be in residence throughout the conference to support your ideas about puppets, activism and the fight to save public media. He’ll help you make your very own puppet in this workshop on Friday.

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    Plaza Exhibit Hall
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  • Modern Feminism: Digital Activism, Real-World Action

    With technology becoming more accessible every day, marginalized communities have new ways to empower themselves and expand their audiences. This is much to the advantage of contemporary feminists, who have leveraged technology in innovative and effective ways. This panel explores the feminist movement’s digital presence and considers how grassroots movements and organizations alike are making change, creating media and affecting policy.

    Governors Square 11
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  • Tech and Media Lab

    The lab will be open throughout the conference … so stop by to learn, troubleshoot and gain hands-on experience with tech and media tools. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, the folks at the lab will answer your questions, discuss your projects and share their skills. Two teams will be in residence to help you take your work to the next level.  

    Media Hacklab

    Bring your projects, your curiosity and your tech chops to our hacklab. This community-driven lab will focus on real-world problem solving and knowledge sharing. Get your hands on some tech tools and contribute your expertise to other projects. The lab is supported by the Commotion Wireless Project at the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute, which develops open-source communication platforms using Wi-Fi, cellphones and other wireless devices. Jordan McCarthy, Nat Meysenburg and Daniel Staples of the Open Technology Institute will anchor the hacklab.

    Free Software Test Drive

    You’re passionate about Internet freedom, but how free is your computer, phone or tablet? Free software is software with a mission. These community-developed tools offer freedom from corporate control and respect your privacy. Try out a free GNU/Linux operating system, sample social media alternatives that don’t sell your personal data and explore “Respects Your Freedom”-certified 3D printing. Presented by Libby Reinish of the Free Software Foundation.

    Plaza Court 6
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  • Race, Power & American Sports

    Political sportswriter Dave Zirin, whose influential blog and bestselling books have offered searing insights into the politics of American sports, examines the myriad ways sports culture has reproduced and challenged the wider culture’s dominant ideas about race and racial difference. Zirin is interviewed by communications scholar Sut Jhally, whose own work has sought to clarify the relationship between popular culture and racial attitudes.

    Examining the emergence of professional sports in the 1800s and continuing all the way up to today’s commercial sports spectacles, Zirin shows how athletes of color have posed a direct threat to traditional notions of whiteness, white-male authority and American ideals of masculinity. The film is richly illustrated with archival and contemporary sports footage.

    A conversation with filmmaker Dave Zirin and producer Sut Jhally will follow the screening.

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    Governors Square 12
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  • From Billionaires to Big Media: Democracy Up for Grabs

    Free Press co-founders Robert W. McChesney and John Nichols have sounded the alarm over the damaging effects of media consolidation for nearly two decades. This year they are releasing an ambitious new project that examines the forces — from billionaires to big media — that have undermined American elections. The money, media and election complex was in full view during the 2012 election, which was marked by misleading ads and disenfranchisement campaigns. But not all is lost; activists are working through and around the system to reinvigorate the media — and our democracy.

    Pioneering journalist David Barsamian, the founder and director of Alternative Radio, will interview McChesney and Nichols. Together they will dissect the challenges facing our nation, and offer a fresh prescription for healing our
    body politic.
    Plaza Ballroom E
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  • After SOPA: The New Wave of Internet Activism

    In January 2012, millions of Internet activists joined together to do the unthinkable: They beat back a pair of Hollywood-sponsored bills — the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA) — that were supposedly unbeatable. It was a watershed moment for digital activism in which millions of people who’d never before engaged in the politics of the Internet suddenly realized how precious the open Internet really is.

    Since that moment, we’ve seen an alphabet soup of bills, treaties and meetings with names like CISPA, ECPA, CFAA, WCIT and FISA — all of which would hurt our online freedoms in the name of security, copyright protection or free market economics. And since then, digital rights groups and the public have worked together like never before to help protect Internet users from threats to their freedom to connect.

    On this panel, leading advocates from the front lines of these fights will discuss the strategies they’ve employed to keep up the SOPA/PIPA momentum — and will explore what this Internet freedom movement is fighting to achieve.

    Governors Square 15
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  • Killing Public Media to Save It: Innovation, Advocacy and Accountability

    American public media is at a turning point, pulled between old broadcasting models and new ways to serve the public in the digital age. Cutbacks at commercial news outlets have made public media more important than ever, and across the country people are shaking up the status quo and reimagining public media’s role in our communities. So can we reshape the noncommercial media system we already have or do we need to start anew? This session will feature a lively debate, pitting visions of old and new and exploring how innovation, advocacy and accountability can create a stronger public media system.

    Governors Square 14
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  • Freedom Isn’t Free: Protecting Creativity in the Internet Age

    What policies are necessary for creators, like musicians, to continue working? This panel brings together representatives of the independent creative sector to ask tough questions, challenge misconceptions and orient us toward the policies that will protect creativity in today’s economy. How can we reconcile an open Internet and freedom of information with creating fair, equitable and sustainable compensation structures for artists? What policies are necessary for creators to continue working? How can we create policies that invest in cultural production? How do we ensure the new media ecosystem benefits everyone — not just those who have corporate patrons?

    Plaza Ballroom D
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  • Really Rad Radio Training

    This workshop will give you all the tools you need to launch and host your own radio show. We’ll go over the different ways you can record, broadcast and distribute radio content and will also give you tips on ways to grow your audience. Participants will have the opportunity to be part of the live conference radio show crew.

    Plaza Court 7
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  • The Long Struggle for Native American Sovereignty and Media Rights

    The Native American community has a long history of fighting for social justice. Consider Canada’s Idle No More movement, which has condemned the weakening of indigenous sovereignty and environmental rights.

    But too often, a media environment hostile to serving the information needs of Native communities has undermined the struggle for Native rights. This is why Native communities have long understood the need to own their own broadcast stations and telecommunication infrastructure. Native leaders will provide an overview of the fight for social justice and will explore ways to increase the presence and influence of Native Americans in the media.

    Governors Square 10
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3:00pm

  • Break

    Our Conference Commons is an interactive public square featuring an art gallery, a poets’ corner … even an old-school soapbox. Get your book signed in our bookstore, seek out fellow activists, make something in our tech and media playground, check out a video at our screening table and see what our many vendors have to offer.

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  • Meet the Authors

    Meet some of your favorite writers at our book signings — and spend some time browsing the amazing collection in our conference bookstore, hosted by our friends from Boulder Book Store.

    • Staceyann Chin, The Other Side of Paradise: A Memoir
    • Robin Marty, Crow After Roe: How Women's Health Is the New "Separate But Equal" and How to Change That
    • Mark Trahant, The Last Great Battle of the Indian Wars
    • Dave Zirin, Game Over: How Politics Has Turned the Sports World Upside Down
    Plaza Exhibit Hall
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3:30pm

  • Opening Plenary: Learning from Our Past, Looking to the Future
    Get ready for speeches and performances from some of the movement’s best thinkers, artists and rabble-rousers. Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock and our emcee for the afternoon, Denver’s own David Sirota, will welcome us to the festivities. We’ll feature a roundtable of historians and activists discussing the media, race and activism. And we’ll hear from feminist and movement leaders about what we’ve accomplished — and what fights lie ahead. For extra inspiration, we’ll have poetry plus a special performance prepared just for us by acclaimed artist Staceyann Chin. You won’t want to miss this!

    Presenters:

    • Craig Aaron, Free Press
    • Hakim Bellamy, Albuquerque poet laureate
    • Staceyann Chin, artist
    • Mary Alice Crim, Free Press
    • Kim Gandy, National Network to End Domestic Violence
    • Juan González, Democracy Now!
    • Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock
    • Ilyse Hogue, NARAL Pro-Choice America
    • Robert W. McChesney, media scholar
    • Rinku Sen, Applied Research Center and Colorlines.com
    • David Sirota, columnist, bestselling author and TV commentator
    • Joseph Torres, Free Press
    • Carlotta Walls LaNier, Little Rock Nine
    Plaza Ballroom All
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6:00pm

  • Connect on the Air: Open Media Foundation Open House

    Visit the Open Media Foundation for a special celebration. The Denver Voice, KGNU Community Radio, Just Media and Upworthy will also be on hand to join in the fun. The evening begins with tours of this unique community media facility, which provides services for local radio, TV, print, film and Web-based outlets. Then you can take in a live broadcast on Denver Open Media featuring a conversation with Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman, a performance from Ian Cooke and more.

    Directions: Open Media Foundation, 700 Kalamath St. Go to the Free Press booth in the Conference Commons to get a walking map, or take the number-nine bus from Broadway to Kalamath and West Ninth Ave.

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  • Dinner Break

    Grab dinner on your own. There are several dining options at the Sheraton, and 16th Street is chock full of great restaurants and bars. Many places are within walking distance, and you can also take the free MallRide shuttle, which stops at every block up and down the 16th Street Mall. We’ve also put together a short list of places to grab food and drinks — check your registration packet for details.

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  • The Commons Close

    The Conference Commons is closed for the day and will reopen tomorrow at 9 a.m.

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    Plaza Exhibit Hall
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7:30pm

  • Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

    Ai Weiwei is China’s most celebrated contemporary artist, and its most outspoken domestic critic. In April 2011, when Ai disappeared into police custody for three months, he quickly became China’s most famous missing person, having first risen to international prominence in 2008 after helping design Beijing’s iconic Bird’s Nest Olympic Stadium and then publicly denouncing the Games as party propaganda.

    First-time director Alison Klayman gained unprecedented access to the charismatic artist, his family and others who are close to him. During her years of filming, government authorities shut down Ai’s blog, beat him up, bulldozed his newly built studio and held him in secret detention. This is the inside story of a passionate dissident who inspires global audiences and blurs the boundaries between art and politics.

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    Governors Square 12
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8:00pm

  • Registration Closes

    Registraion is closed for the day, but you can check in tomorrow at 8:00 a.m.

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    Plaza Registration
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8:30pm

  • Shake Your Media Maker Party

    McNichols Building, 144 West Colfax (corner of West Colfax and Bannock)

    Do you like to have fun? Serious fun? Fun so legendary you’ll be dreaming about it for years to come?

    Good — you’re in the right place! Let loose on the dance floor with Denver Open Media and Free Press. We’ve got a great lineup of artists ready to keep us on our feet all night — including our headliner, Public Enemy beatmaker and Grammy-nominated producer Hank Shocklee, hip-hop musician Kitty Crimes, DJ Ginger Perry and the Romero Theater Troupe, a socially progressive theater collective. And stay tuned for surprise appearances from some of Denver’s best musicians!

    Join us on the third floor of the McNichols Building (just down the street from the conference) for music, theater and plenty of dancing.

    Admission: free for conference attendees

    Getting there: Walk southwest on Court Place to 14th St. Turn left onto 14th St. Make a slight left onto West Colfax and cross the street.

    Drinks available for purchase.

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Sat., April 6

8:00am

  • Registration Opens

    Check in at registration when you arrive at the conference. You’ll receive a name badge, a printed program and other materials. The folks at the information desk are ready to answer your questions and troubleshoot any issues, so don’t hesitate to speak up.

    Presenters:

    Plaza Registration
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8:30am

  • The Commons Open

    Our Conference Commons is an interactive public square featuring an art gallery, a poets’ corner … even an old-school soapbox. Get your book signed in our bookstore, seek out fellow activists, make something in our tech and media playground, check out a video at our screening table and see what our many vendors have to offer.

    Presenters:

    Plaza Exhibit Hall
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9:00am

  • Live Radio Show

    Hear conference updates and interviews with speakers and attendees on our morning radio show. Segments from participants in the Really Rad Radio Training will be featured throughout the program. Join the party in the tech and media playground during our live broadcast.

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  • Tech and Media Lab

    The lab will be open throughout the conference … so stop by to learn, troubleshoot and gain hands-on experience with tech and media tools. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, the folks at the lab will answer your questions, discuss your projects and share their skills. Two teams will be in residence to help you take your work to the next level.  

    Media Hacklab

    Bring your projects, your curiosity and your tech chops to our hacklab. This community-driven session will focus on real-world problem solving and knowledge sharing. Get your hands on some tech tools and contribute your expertise to other projects. This session is supported by the Commotion Wireless Project at the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute. This project develops open-source communication platforms using Wi-Fi, cellphones and other wireless devices. Jordan McCarthy, Nat Meysenburg and Daniel Staples of the Open Technology Institute will anchor the hacklab.

    Free Software Test Drive

    You’re passionate about Internet freedom, but how free is your computer, phone or tablet? Free software is software with a mission. These community-developed tools offer freedom from corporate control and respect your privacy. Try out a free GNU/Linux operating system, sample social media alternatives that don’t sell your personal data and explore “Respects Your Freedom”-certified 3D printing. Presented by Libby Reinish of the Free Software Foundation.

    DIY Community Media

    Try out all the hands-on tools you need to be the media. Learn basic audio-production skills at our in-house radio station. Get basic video- and television-production training while you help create short daily videos on conference offerings. This workshop is organized in partnership with KGNU Community Radio and Denver Open Media.

    Plaza Court 6
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  • Building the Web We Want: Protecting Internet Rights Everywhere

    People around the world are fighting for access to a fast, open and affordable Internet. Yet every nation faces different political, social and technological challenges when it comes to achieving this goal. In some countries, civil society groups are working closely with government to craft policies that will enshrine online freedoms into law. Activists in other countries face online censorship or surveillance. Groups are increasingly working together across national barriers on policy and advocacy campaigns. But much work needs to be done to unite these efforts. On this panel, Internet rights advocates will discuss how Internet users around the world can join forces, coordinate advocacy efforts, and share resources to secure and protect Internet freedom for everyone.

    Governors Square 14
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  • Fearless Fundraising: Raise Change to Make Change

    How do you feel about fundraising? Does it make your palms sweat? What if you could fundraise with adrenaline, not anxiety? What if fundraising could inform and inspire your activism and work rather than feeling like a burden? What if experiencing a critical shift about money, philanthropy and fundraising could be a tipping point for activists throughout the globe and for your own path as a social justice wealth redistributor? This session will focus on relationships to money, power and philanthropy and how you can change your story and get on the path to resourcing your critically important work. This session will include a presentation, an opportunity to role-play and Q&A time.

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  • Is Facebook a Threat to a Free Press? Public Journalism and Private Platforms

    The digital age has democratized media making and helped journalists reach new audiences. But we don’t control the platforms we rely on to create and distribute the news, debate issues and take action. New digital tools have given us more freedom to communicate and create, but with that freedom have come new threats. As journalism has moved from big institutions to distributed networks, the uncomfortable reality is that governments and businesses can create not just speed bumps on the fabled information highway but outright barricades. This session will explore our post-industrial journalism landscape, and discuss the risks and opportunities it brings with it.

    Plaza Ballroom D
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  • Campus Action

    Students are not just the future of our movement; they're already leading the way. College students are presenting their projects, research and journalism throughout the conference.

    Hilary A. Niles from the Missouri School of Journalism will present "The Politics of Information Access: A Global View."

    Hilary will facilitate a dialogue on the tension between privacy and freedom of information worldwide.

     

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  • Miss Representation

    The media have led generation after generation to believe that a woman should be valued for her youth, her beauty and her sexuality — and not her capacity to lead. These values make it difficult for women to obtain leadership positions and for girls to reach their full potential.

    Director Jennifer Siebel Newsom interweaves stories from teenage girls with provocative interviews from Katie Couric, Rosario Dawson, Jackson Katz, Jean Kilbourne, Lisa Ling, Rachel Maddow, Nancy Pelosi, Condoleezza Rice and Gloria Steinem. This award-winning OWN documentary gives us an inside look at the impact of media messaging.

    The session Miss Representation: Fighting Back will follow the screening. Moderated by Misty Perez-Truedson and featuring Kim Gandy, Jennifer L. Pozner and Jamia Wilson, this conversation will explore ways to push back against media misrepresentations.

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  • This Conversation Is Being Recorded

    The National Security Agency has been illegally intercepting domestic phone calls and emails for years. Proposed cybersecurity legislation would violate our privacy rights even further while breaking the fundamental openness of the Internet. Meanwhile, domestic wireless companies are tracking nearly everything we do on our smartphones, noting everywhere we go and everyone we call.

    Are the same technologies that keep us so interconnected violating our basic rights to privacy? Are the federal government’s cybersecurity policies sacrificing freedom for security? Why does it matter that AT&T and Verizon are recording our every move?

    This panel of privacy experts will discuss the threats posed by Internet companies and federal agencies, and will lead a discussion about how Internet users can protect their basic rights.

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  • Map This! Interactive Media Maps for Sharing Information

    This session will explore various interactive Web-mapping technologies. We will look at what information makes a viable Web-mapping project, where to gather meaningful data and how to change the data into a format you can actually use. We’ll also discuss free applications that are available for displaying, hosting and interacting with the resulting Web maps. Hands-on activities and handouts will help support your own interactive Web-map development.

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  • Making Media, Making Change: Journalism That Solves Problems

    What would a journalism designed to help communities tackle the most complex problems of our time look like? How can we use the tools of journalism to troubleshoot real problems — from gun violence to climate change — and share what’s working across the country and around the globe?

    There are different visions for what solutions journalism is and what it can accomplish. Hear from leading media makers and journalists about community-driven projects in sites ranging from Los Angeles to Kosovo. This session will explore how solutions-oriented journalism can enhance a community’s capacity to solve its problems.

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  • Call Me (Come Back Home): Fighting the Cost of Prison Calls, Part 1

    For the more than 2.5 million prisoners and detainees in America, maintaining strong family connections is vital to their successful reentry into society. And when prisoners are incarcerated at great distances from their homes, phone calls are the only way for them to maintain relationships with family members. But predatory phone rates have made it hard for prisoners to do just that.

    This session will expose the prison phone industry’s corrupt business practices — and will share the history of resistance from prisoners, families and advocates who have fought for decades to end price gouging and kickbacks.

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  • Your Video Doesn’t Need to Suck

    From community organizers to large advocacy groups, everyone is trying to use video to get their messages across. The keyword here is “trying.” Creating compelling video is easier said than done. But in this hands-on workshop, our video-making experts will focus on three specific areas (autobiography, comedy and narrative) to help you create the message of your dreams. Bring your ideas and your questions and get ready to get some work done. This workshop will help you craft the right message, pinpoint the best elements to convey your story, and set you up to create videos that will make an impact.

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  • Where Music Meets Activism

    How do we use the arts as a vehicle for social change? How do we unlock the doors of engagement and turn fans into activists?  Join this group of artists and advocates to learn how they use art to advance social justice issues, connect with audiences and move hearts and minds.

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10:30am

  • Break

    Our Conference Commons is an interactive public square featuring an art gallery, a poets’ corner … even an old-school soapbox. Get your book signed in our bookstore, seek out fellow activists, make something in our tech and media playground, check out a video at our screening table and see what our many vendors have to offer.

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  • Meet the Authors

    Meet some of your favorite writers at our book signings — and spend some time browsing the amazing collection in our conference bookstore, hosted by our friends from Boulder Book Store.

    • C.W. Anderson, Rebuilding the News: Metropolitan Journalism in the Digital Age
    • Mickey Huff, Project Censored 2013: Dispatches from the Media Revolution
    • Kathy LeMay, The Generosity Plan: Sharing Your Time, Treasure and Talent to Shape the World
    • Adrienne Russell, Networked: A Contemporary History of News in Transition
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11:00am

  • We Built This City: How Communities Can Get Better Broadband

    Communities around the country are facing the same problem: The broadband service available to their residents is too slow and too expensive, and incumbent telecom companies have no incentive to improve speeds or reduce prices.

    Some communities, like the Colorado city of Longmont, have taken matters into their own hands and built their own fiber-optic networks. Now their residents have access to more powerful broadband service, and the new networks have lowered the cost of a connection.

    Meanwhile, corporate-driven laws in 19 states restrict the ability for communities to follow this path, leaving residents with fewer broadband choices, slower speeds and higher prices.

    This panel will explore how communities in the U.S. and abroad have brought better broadband to their residents, what effects these improvement have had on local economies and how the lessons residents have learned can be applied elsewhere.

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  • Independent Journalism on War, Conflict and Human Rights

    After a dozen years of the “war on terror,” we need independent journalists to report on conflict, covert war and the erosion of civil liberties and human rights. While covering topics ranging from Bradley Manning to drones, independent journalists are fighting government secrecy to shine a spotlight on critical issues facing our nation. With major media outlets often enjoying cozy relationships with lawmakers and U.S. military/intelligence agencies, independent journalists operating far from the pinnacles of power have produced skeptical coverage and exposés.

    Presenters will address obstacles facing journalists trying to cover U.S. foreign intervention with clarity and depth — and will explore the need for journalists to remain independent no matter which party inhabits the White House.

     

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  • Miss Representation: Fighting Back

    Women and girls are misrepresented, marginalized and maligned across every form of media — when their perspectives aren’t missing altogether. Just as troubling, women are virtually invisible among the top-ranking executives and board members who set media conglomerates’ agendas for content, production and distribution. Is it any surprise, then, that media consumers are bombarded with hyper-sexualized images of pre-teens, pundits and politicians alike?

    How are women and girls taking action to challenge sexism (and racism, homophobia and class bias) in the media? How are they holding media corporations accountable to their communities’ needs? What institutional changes are they effecting in the media landscape? Find out what tools they're using to fight back — and how you can join the feminist media activist movement.

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  • Tech and Media Lab

    The lab will be open throughout the conference … so stop by to learn, troubleshoot and gain hands-on experience with tech and media tools. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, the folks at the lab will answer your questions, discuss your projects and share their skills. Two teams will be in residence to help you take your work to the next level.  

    Media Hacklab

    Bring your projects, your curiosity and your tech chops to our hacklab. This community-driven session will focus on real-world problem solving and knowledge sharing. Get your hands on some tech tools and contribute your expertise to other projects. This session is supported by the Commotion Wireless Project at the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute. This project develops open-source communication platforms using Wi-Fi, cellphones and other wireless devices. Jordan McCarthy, Nat Meysenburg and Daniel Staples of the Open Technology Institute will anchor the hacklab.

    Free Software Test Drive

    You’re passionate about Internet freedom, but how free is your computer, phone or tablet? Free software is software with a mission. These community-developed tools offer freedom from corporate control and respect your privacy. Try out a free GNU/Linux operating system, sample social media alternatives that don’t sell your personal data and explore “Respects Your Freedom”-certified 3D printing. Presented by Libby Reinish of the Free Software Foundation.

    DIY Community Media

    Try out all the hands-on tools you need to be the media. Learn basic audio-production skills at our in-house radio station. Get basic video- and television-production training while you help create short daily videos on conference offerings. This workshop is organized in partnership with KGNU Community Radio and Denver Open Media.

    Plaza Court 6
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  • Are Geeks the New Guardians of Our Civil Liberties?

    Hackers “are building one of the most vibrant civil liberties movements we’ve ever seen,” writes digital anthropologist Gabriella Coleman. “It is a culture committed to freeing information, insisting on privacy and fighting censorship, which in turn propels wide-ranging political activity.”

    Meanwhile, a new generation of geeks is devoted to increasing transparency, analyzing data and enhancing the media’s ability to help us solve real problems.

    In this session, Gabriella Coleman, author of Coding Freedom: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Hacking, and Daniel Sinker, director of the Knight-Mozilla OpenNews project, author of the @MayorEmmanuel Twitter feed and founder of Punk Planet magazine, will discuss whether all this talk about coders saving democracy is for real — or divorced from messy reality. Do hacking and coding actually improve people’s lives, or are we too optimistic about the Internet’s role in our society and our politics?

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  • United Citizens vs. Citizens United: Challenging Big Money and Big Media

    We’ve seen what happens to elections when big money and big media collide — and it’s not pretty. How do we fight back in a post-Citizens United world? Learn how advocates are working in new and inventive ways to increase transparency, push for campaign finance reform, hold media accountable, and combat corruption. Panelists will discuss concrete ways to confront the power of money in politics and better educate Americans about who is trying to influence their vote.

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  • F*ck It, We’ll Do It Live: A Workshop on Livestreaming for Citizen Journalists

    Livestreamed video can take us inside Occupy protests, across the globe to Egypt and Syria, into the eye of Hurricane Sandy and to town meetings no one else is covering. Livestreaming allows journalists to blend into the story: You can get live shots without attracting attention, and you can get inside settings that are cramped or crowded. And livestreaming protects your footage by posting it online automatically, so even if your gear is confiscated or searched, your footage is already out in the world.

    This workshop will show you how to stream, build an audience and get your story to the right outlets. Learn how to master the tools you need to cover the stories that are important to you.

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  • The Lobby Game: How to Advocate for Media Change

    Do you want to become a bona fide advocate for media change? Corporations like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon have tons of paid lobbyists who push state and federal policies that undermine the public interest. The only antidote is highly organized and skilled people power. Join us for this interactive workshop to learn how to lobby for media reform and media justice. Learn by doing as you work in small groups to create legislative strategies that will beat the opposition. Advocates who have successfully lobbied Congress to win real reforms will lead this session.

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  • International Activism and the Globalization of Media Power

    Global media giants are working across national borders to consolidate power and corporate control over our access to news, information and culture. In response, groups are emerging to battle for democratic reform of their media. We can no longer view debates over concentrated media power through the lens of one nation alone. This session will highlight international efforts to build vibrant and viable media reform movements and compare these efforts to U.S. struggles for media justice. Participants will discuss key lessons in organizing international activism and research networks, and discuss how mapping and research can combine with media literacy and advocacy to face down the threat of unaccountable media power at home and abroad.

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  • Call Me (Come Back Home): Fighting the Cost of Prison Calls, Part 2

    In 2012, a coalition of families, criminal justice groups, activists and public interest advocates launched the Campaign for Prison Phone Justice. The group’s goal is to push the Federal Communications Commission to take action on the Wright Petition, which asks the agency to lower the cost of interstate phone calls from prisons. That organizing is shifting to the state level, where there are legislative and regulatory efforts to end phone-company kickbacks and set affordable in-state rates. This session will investigate the social impact of prison phone rates and identify grassroots strategies for change.

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12:30pm

  • Connect With Art

    Check out what Denver has to offer while you hang with your fellow conference-goers. The Denver Art Museum, which is just down the street from the conference site, is one of the largest museums of its kind between the West Coast and Chicago. There are more than 70,000 works in the permanent collection, and there is a special exhibit showcasing paintings by Georgia O’Keeffe. Admission is free on Saturdays. From the museum you can wander on to many other great urban art projects downtown.

    Directions: Denver Art Museum, 100 West 14th Ave. Parkway. The museum is part of the Civic Center Cultural Complex, located on 13th Avenue between Broadway and Bannock. Go to the Free Press booth in the Conference Commons to get a walking map.

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  • Campus Action

    Students are not just the future of our movement; they're already leading the way. College students are presenting their projects, research and journalism throughout the conference.

    Allison Paludi and Lukasz W. Niparko, independent student bloggers from The Weave, will discuss coverage of global issues that most people in the media ignore.

     

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  • Lunch Break

    During the lunch break you can go to meet-the-author sessions, jump on the soapbox, connect with art or stroll the Conference Commons. Then grab lunch on your own. There are several dining options at the Sheraton, and 16th Street is chock full of great restaurants and bars. Many places are within walking distance, and you can also take the free MallRide shuttle, which stops at every block up and down the 16th Street Mall. We’ve also put together a short list of places to grab food and drinks — check your registration packet for details.

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  • Meet the Authors

    Meet some of your favorite writers at our book signings — and spend some time browsing the amazing collection in our conference bookstore, hosted by our friends from Boulder Book Store.

    • Juan González and Joseph Torres, News for All the People: The Epic Story of Race and the American Media
    • Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan, The Silenced Majority: Stories of Uprisings, Occupations, Resistance and Hope
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2:00pm

  • Tech and Media Lab

    The lab will be open throughout the conference … so stop by to learn, troubleshoot and gain hands-on experience with tech and media tools. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, the folks at the lab will answer your questions, discuss your projects and share their skills. Two teams will be in residence to help you take your work to the next level.  

    Media Hacklab

    Bring your projects, your curiosity and your tech chops to our hacklab. This community-driven session will focus on real-world problem solving and knowledge sharing. Get your hands on some tech tools and contribute your expertise to other projects. This session is supported by the Commotion Wireless Project at the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute. This project develops open-source communication platforms using Wi-Fi, cellphones and other wireless devices. Jordan McCarthy, Nat Meysenburg and Daniel Staples of the Open Technology Institute will anchor the hacklab.

    Free Software Test Drive

    You’re passionate about Internet freedom, but how free is your computer, phone or tablet? Free software is software with a mission. These community-developed tools offer freedom from corporate control and respect your privacy. Try out a free GNU/Linux operating system, sample social media alternatives that don’t sell your personal data and explore “Respects Your Freedom”-certified 3D printing. Presented by Libby Reinish of the Free Software Foundation.

    DIY Community Media

    Try out all the hands-on tools you need to be the media. Learn basic audio-production skills at our in-house radio station. Get basic video- and television-production training while you help create short daily videos on conference offerings. This workshop is organized in partnership with KGNU Community Radio and Denver Open Media.

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  • Latinos Beyond Reel

    Filmmakers Miguel Picker and Chyng Sun examine how U.S. news and entertainment media portray — or fail to portray — Latinos. Drawing on the insights of Latino scholars, journalists, community leaders, actors, directors and producers, the filmmakers uncover a pattern of gross misrepresentation and gross underrepresentation — a world in which Latinos tend to appear, if at all, as gangsters and Mexican bandits, harlots and prostitutes, drug dealers and welfare-leeching illegals.

    The film challenges viewers to think critically about the wide-ranging effects of these media stereotypes, and to envision alternative representations and models of production more capable of capturing the humanity and diversity of real Latinos.

    The session “The Impact of Hate Speech on Latinos” will follow this screening.

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  • The New Watchdogs: Holding Power to Account

    Political reporting in the United States faces a crisis moment as governments at all levels close down access to information, newsrooms shrink and reporters trade accountability for access. And as policy battles — on issues ranging from reproductive rights to immigration — rage in statehouses, the number of people covering state politics has plummeted. But in Washington and around the country, a new generation of journalists is reinventing watchdog reporting. Learn about projects designed to hold power to account from city streets to the halls of power.

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  • The Title of This Session Matters More Than My Talk

    By 2016, nonprofits will create much of the best Internet content about stuff that matters. As traditional media declines, how will these nonprofits protect the role of the “fourth estate” as they rise to power?

    Join Eli Pariser, the board president of MoveOn.org and the co-founder of Upworthy, for a conversation about how advocates can use social media to ensure that millions of people get meaningful content amid all the LOL catz. Eli will be joined by Upworthy Deputy Editor and Denver native Amir Mansur Gidfar, who will explore how to make meaningful content go viral with killer headlines.

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  • Campus Action

    Students are not just the future of our movement; they're already leading the way. College students are presenting their projects, research and journalism throughout the conference.

    Hyshyama Hamin, a blogger and social media manager from the University of Denver, will present "Sisterhood Initiative and Memini."

    Hyshyama will discuss gender and women in the media in South Asia and the Middle East region.

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  • Seize Those Airwaves: Build Your Own Mini FM Radio Transmitter, Part 1

    This electronics workshop will help participants build their own Low Power FM radio transmitters. Tetsuo Kogawa’s simple FM transmitter design uses only 14 components and can be built quickly. The final transmitter is small enough to carry in your pocket and has a broadcast range of about 10 meters under the best conditions. You can plug in your MP3 player and broadcast your own signal with this DIY FM transmitter. Beginners welcome! (Please note this workshop has two parts.)

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  • Liberating Cable’s Captive Audience: Can Consumers Cut the Cord?

    Most U.S. residents purchasing Internet service today have just two choices: the monopoly cable company or the monopoly phone company. As more video content becomes available online, many consumers want to cut the cable cord and view content via their Internet connections. But cable companies are changing the game with mega-mergers, bundling schemes and data caps. Will we ever see the level of competition we need to get lower prices? Will consumers ever truly be able to cut the cord?

    This discussion will explore the future of online video competition and provide activists with the tools they need to fight for more choices and lower prices.

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  • Exposing ALEC: How Corporate Special Interests Control State Legislatures
    The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is a corporate-backed organization that creates controversial bills that it pushes through state legislatures. Some of these include broad anti-immigration measures like Arizona’s SB 1070, Stand Your Ground laws designed to shield users of firearms and laws that prohibit communities from building their own broadband networks. Two years ago, an ALEC whistleblower leaked copies of more than 800 model bills on these issues and many others that helped clarify its strategy and create a roadmap for change. To stop  the proliferation of these dangerous laws, we have to understand how ALEC works. This panel discussion will uncover ALEC’s tricks and illuminate the strategies we can use to encourage corporations and state legislators to cut ties with this group.
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  • Creating Our Media Reform Future: Media Literacy and Activism in Education

    Media exposure is guaranteed from the earliest stages of life. But a true understanding of media comes much later. And activism for change in the media comes well after that, if at all. But what if public schools offered media literacy education? And what if colleges had media activism majors that graduated students committed to looking at media more critically? Join this interactive workshop to learn how others have brought these ideas to fruition. Weaving media literacy and activism into our education system is one of the most effective ways to combat the power of the corporate media.

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  • Beyond Marriage: What Is the Media Missing in Its Coverage of LGBTQ Rights?

    Media coverage of the struggle for LGBTQ rights focuses primarily on the debate over marriage equality. In fact, the Supreme Court may soon decide the constitutionality of marriage equality. But what other issues should the media tackle? This session will explore coverage of LGBTQ issues, the impact on the community and how to expand the discussion beyond the marriage debate.

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  • It’s Our Time: Community Media’s New Policy Agenda Starts Now

    What do independent and community media makers need from their government? What kinds of policies will protect us and enable our work to reach more people? In this interactive workshop, led by independent and community media leaders, we will brainstorm solutions and work collaboratively on shaping a shared policy agenda. How can media makers work to own our infrastructure? What approaching opportunities do we need to prepare for now? If you care about the future of community media, you need to be part of this discussion.

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  • Building Better Media Policy Reporting from the Ground Up

    This is an in-depth strategy session for journalists and policy advocates to discuss how to strengthen media policy reporting on issues like crime, security, immigration, economic justice and labor. Whether your beat is the Supreme Court or city hall, media policy should be part of your reporting. But how can you write about media policy in a way that engages readers? And how can activists better frame their stories to have an impact with reporters? This workshop will help participants cut through the jargon and find stories that will capture audiences’ attention.

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  • Pop Culture Critiques: Somewhere Between Love and Hate

    Welcome to our faux-daytime talk show, devoted to tearing apart the pop culture industry and talking about everything from HBO shows to the side effects of watching reality television. Let’s talk about pop culture’s power to shape the ways we relate to one another, impact our democratic participation or influence our perspectives. We’re all taking cues from magazines, TV and billboards (whether we want to or not). In this roundtable discussion, our panelists dissect pop culture and offer tips and tricks on how to cope with — and subvert — the messages in the media we consume.

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3:30pm

  • Meet the Authors

    Meet some of your favorite writers at our book signings — and spend some time browsing the amazing collection in our conference bookstore, hosted by our friends from Boulder Book Store.

    • Gabriella Coleman, Coding Freedom: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Hacking
    • Eli Pariser, The Filter Bubble: What the Internet Is Hiding from You
    • Jennifer L. Pozner, Reality Bites Back: The Troubling Truth About Guilty Pleasure TV
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  • Break

    Our Conference Commons is an interactive public square featuring an art gallery, a poets’ corner … even an old-school soapbox. Get your book signed in our bookstore, seek out fellow activists, make something in our tech and media playground, check out a video at our screening table and see what our many vendors have to offer.

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4:00pm

  • Want Your Own Community Radio Station? Here’s How to Start.

    If you’re ready to change the media, now is the time. October 2013 will bring the first opportunity in more than a decade to apply for a Low Power FM radio license. Presenters will discuss some of the great community radio stations that are already on the air and give you the inspiration to build your own. What does it take to start a community radio station? This how-to workshop will teach you what you need to know to get on the air. We’ll talk about finding a spot on the dial, fundraising, planning your programming, and applying for a license.

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  • Change the Culture, Change the World

    What exactly do artists and cultural workers do? What is cultural organizing? How can cultural strategies strengthen our work? What role does culture play in change? In recent years, a wave of cultural interventions — from 2004’s National Hip-Hop Convention to 2008’s grassroots Obama Hope campaign to 2011’s Occupy movement to 2012’s Undocuqueer uprising — have transformed the way we think about how movements form and move. Suddenly the “cultural turn” is the topic of the day, and people are rethinking the role artists play in creating social change. Artist-organizers will discuss emerging ways of understanding culture, movements and change.

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  • Tech and Media Lab

    The lab will be open throughout the conference … so stop by to learn, troubleshoot and gain hands-on experience with tech and media tools. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, the folks at the lab will answer your questions, discuss your projects and share their skills. Two teams will be in residence to help you take your work to the next level.  

    Media Hacklab

    Bring your projects, your curiosity and your tech chops to our hacklab. This community-driven session will focus on real-world problem solving and knowledge sharing. Get your hands on some tech tools and contribute your expertise to other projects. This session is supported by the Commotion Wireless Project at the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute. This project develops open-source communication platforms using Wi-Fi, cellphones and other wireless devices. Jordan McCarthy, Nat Meysenburg and Daniel Staples of the Open Technology Institute will anchor the hacklab.

    Free Software Test Drive

    You’re passionate about Internet freedom, but how free is your computer, phone or tablet? Free software is software with a mission. These community-developed tools offer freedom from corporate control and respect your privacy. Try out a free GNU/Linux operating system, sample social media alternatives that don’t sell your personal data and explore “Respects Your Freedom”-certified 3D printing. Presented by Libby Reinish of the Free Software Foundation.

    DIY Community Media

    Try out all the hands-on tools you need to be the media. Learn basic audio-production skills at our in-house radio station. Get basic video- and television-production training while you help create short daily videos on conference offerings. This workshop is organized in partnership with KGNU Community Radio and Denver Open Media.

    Plaza Court 6
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  • Cities Without News: Fighting Information Inequality in America’s News Deserts

    News deserts are popping up around the United States as cutbacks in newsrooms have left entire cities without reliable local news sources. Learn how journalists and activists can work together to revitalize these news deserts. Panelists will discuss new models meant to tackle this issue head on, and participants will learn how to use open-source mapping and community planning to assess local news resources and engage community foundations and community members in creating media solutions that work.

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  • Covering Race in the Time of Obama

    When the United States elected its first black president in 2008, many in the media heralded the moment as the beginning of a “post-racial” era. But what, if anything, has changed in the past five years?  Panelists will explore whether coverage of race has improved during the Obama presidency — and consider whether this coverage has influenced our nation’s conversation on racial issues. Has the absence of diversity in our media landscape influenced reporting? And how have online news outlets shaped the public discourse?

     

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  • How to Connect the 19 Million Americans Without Broadband Access

    According to the Federal Communications Commission’s most recent data, 19 million Americans still lack access to broadband services. The U.S. has spent $7.2 billion in stimulus funds for broadband deployment, issued a National Broadband Plan and a National Broadband Map, and launched the Connect America Fund. So what’s wrong with this picture?

    Join rural advocates for a discussion about how to change our federal and state policies to achieve universal broadband access. Learn how you can support the effort to encourage the full participation of rural residents in our nation’s culture, economy and democracy through improved broadband access.

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  • Campus Action

    Students are not just the future of our movement; they're already leading the way. College students are presenting their projects, research and journalism throughout the conference.

    Amy Yao, Angela Wang and Samuel Rauschenfels, students from St. Lawrence University, Princeton and Dartmouth, will discuss the important role of student media on college campuses and the broader world of journalism.

     

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  • Occupy, Journalism and Activism: Media Making as Participatory Democracy

    Occupy Wall Street put media at the center of its movement. While journalists at mainstream outlets sat scratching their heads, alternative and independent journalists — and citizen reporters — rolled up their sleeves and embedded themselves in the Occupy movement to chronicle its struggles and successes. What can we learn from people who take up the tools of journalism for the first time? How best can journalists partner with activists for in-depth coverage? What ethical and legal concerns arise as the line between advocacy and journalism blurs? Learn how Occupy challenged longtime assumptions about how journalism works and take away lessons about how to build grassroots media networks.

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  • Seize Those Airwaves: Build Your Own Mini FM Radio Transmitter, Part 2

    This electronics workshop will help participants build their own Low Power FM radio transmitters. Tetsuo Kogawa’s simple FM transmitter design uses only 14 components and can be built quickly. The final transmitter is small enough to carry in your pocket and has a broadcast range of about 10 meters under the best conditions. You can plug in your MP3 player and broadcast your own signal with this DIY FM transmitter. Beginners welcome! (Please note this workshop has two parts.)

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  • The Impact of Hate Speech on Latinos

    All too often, the media depict Latinos in dehumanizing terms (witness the current debate over immigration reform, and the reliance on language like “illegals”). Hate speech from right-wing talk radio has shaped how the public views the Latino community. And media conglomerates frequently perpetuate stereotypes through social networks. This session will explore hate speech and stereotyping in the media and consider ways to counteract this messaging. The panel will also address how inequality in media ownership influences portrayals of Latinos — and look at what is being done to change this dynamic.

    The documentary Latinos Beyond Reel will be screened prior to this conversation on Sat. at 2 p.m.

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4:15pm

  • Registration Closes

    Registration is now closed, but you can checkin at the Information Booth with questions. 

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5:30pm

  • Meet the Authors

    Meet some of your favorite writers at our book signings — and spend some time browsing the amazing collection in our conference bookstore, hosted by our friends from Boulder Book Store.

    • Eric Deggans, Race Baiter: How the Media Wields Dangerous Words to a Divided Nation
    • Chris Faraone, 99 Nights with the 99 Percent: Dispatches from the First Three Months of the Occupy Revolution
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  • Dinner Break

    Grab dinner on your own. There are several dining options at the Sheraton, and 16th Street is chock full of great restaurants and bars. Many places are within walking distance, and you can also take the free MallRide shuttle, which stops at every block up and down the 16th Street Mall. We’ve also put together a short list of places to grab food and drinks — check your registration packet for details.

    Don't forget to come back by 7:30 for the start of our keynote rally!

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6:00pm

  • The United States of ALEC

    Bill Moyers' documentary The United States of ALEC centers on the American Legislative Exchange Council, which works with right-wing legislators around the country to turn statehouses into corporate subsidiaries. ALEC pushes legislation that is anti-voter, anti-consumer, anti-worker and anti-environment. To push back, we need to expose ALEC's backroom dealings.

    Learn what Common Cause and the Center for Media and Democracy are doing to fight ALEC. Pizza and beverages will be served.

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7:30pm

  • Keynote: Celebrating Our Media Moment

    Celebrate on Saturday night with some of the brightest lights in the fight for better media. We’ve got fiery speeches from top advocates and activists and presentations that will celebrate our achievements, outline our challenges — and inspire us to change the media and build a better democracy. But we won’t be all talk: We’ll also have musical performances from Grammy winners and amazing local artists, and comedian Jamie Kilstein will serve as emcee. We’ve even got our own house band! Get ready for a night you won’t soon forget.

    Presenters:

    • Craig Aaron, Free Press
    • Ken Arkind, poet
    • Michael Copps, FCC commissioner
    • Susan Crawford, former White House technology adviser
    • Kimya Dawson, Grammy winner from the Moldy Peaches
    • Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!
    • Jonny 5 and Brer Rabbit, the Flobots
    • Jamie Kilstein, comedian
    • Evangeline Lilly, actress from Lost and The Hobbit
    • Mary McDonough, poet
    • An Xiao Mina, social media artist
    • John Nichols, Nation correspondent
    • Alex Nogales, National Hispanic Media Coalition
    • Andrea Quijada, Media Literacy Project
    • Plus our house band featuring DeVotchKa’s Shawn King and musicians Steve Glenn, Greg Harris, Sergio Mendoza and Serafin Sanchez
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9:00pm

  • The Commons Close

    The Conference Commons is closed for the day and will reopen tomorrow at 9 a.m.

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8:30am

  • The Commons Open

    Our Conference Commons is an interactive public square featuring an art gallery, a poets’ corner … even an old-school soapbox. Get your book signed in our bookstore, seek out fellow activists, make something in our tech and media playground, check out a video at our screening table and see what our many vendors have to offer.

    Presenters:

    Plaza Exhibit Hall
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9:00am

  • Storytelling Strategies for Social Change

    Media, arts and culture are vital tools for galvanizing people to take action and provoke dialogue on social and economic justice issues that affect the lives of the 99 percent. Traditionally disenfranchised communities have embraced new technologies to produce their own media, tell their own stories and distribute them without the interference of traditional gatekeepers. Representing the workers’ rights, anti-war, anti-poverty and immigrant-justice movements, presenters will discuss the power of storytelling and explore ways you can embrace storytelling in your own work to create social change.

    Governors Square 10
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  • Building New Bridges for Global Advocacy

    From Asia to South America, Eastern Europe to Africa and beyond, people are struggling to confront runaway media consolidation, support public interest-driven media and protect independent journalism and Internet freedom. To be effective locally, we need to better connect the growing global movement for media reform and media justice.

    This panel brings together leading activists and advocates from the U.S., Europe and Latin America to discuss ways to coordinate strategies and meet the challenges facing communities worldwide.

    Governors Square 15
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  • Go Ahead, Laugh: Comedy for Breakfast
    If you're trying to change public policy, how can you get people on your side without first putting them to sleep? It can be tricky to reach people who can, and should, be natural allies. So what can you do? Simple: Make them laugh.

    This group of professional comedians will discuss how to use comedy and satire to open doors and draw attention to vital social issues. They'll tell you exactly what you need to do to flip a narrative and turn passive viewers into social change makers.

    Plaza Ballroom E
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  • Tech and Media Lab

    The lab will be open throughout the conference … so stop by to learn, troubleshoot and gain hands-on experience with tech and media tools. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, the folks at the lab will answer your questions, discuss your projects and share their skills. Two teams will be in residence to help you take your work to the next level.  

    Media Hacklab

    Bring your projects, your curiosity and your tech chops to our hacklab. This community-driven session will focus on real-world problem solving and knowledge sharing. Get your hands on some tech tools and contribute your expertise to other projects. This session is supported by the Commotion Wireless Project at the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute. This project develops open-source communication platforms using Wi-Fi, cellphones and other wireless devices. Jordan McCarthy, Nat Meysenburg and Daniel Staples of the Open Technology Institute will anchor the hacklab.

    Free Software Test Drive

    You’re passionate about Internet freedom, but how free is your computer, phone or tablet? Free software is software with a mission. These community-developed tools offer freedom from corporate control and respect your privacy. Try out a free GNU/Linux operating system, sample social media alternatives that don’t sell your personal data and explore “Respects Your Freedom”-certified 3D printing. Presented by Libby Reinish of the Free Software Foundation.

    DIY Community Media

    Try out all the hands-on tools you need to be the media. Learn basic audio-production skills at our in-house radio station. Get basic video- and television-production training while you help create short daily videos on conference offerings. This workshop is organized in partnership with KGNU Community Radio and Denver Open Media.

    Plaza Court 6
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  • Live Radio Show

    Hear conference updates and interviews with speakers and attendees on our morning radio show. Segments from participants in the Really Rad Radio Training will be featured throughout the program. Join the party in the tech and media playground during our live broadcast.

    Presenters:

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  • High Tech, Low Life

    High Tech, Low Life follows two of China’s first citizen reporters as they travel the country chronicling underreported stories. Armed with laptops, cellphones and digital cameras, they develop skills as independent one-man news stations while learning to navigate China’s evolving censorship regulations and avoiding the risk of political persecution.

    Steve Maing’s film follows 57-year-old “Tiger Temple,” China’s first citizen reporter, and 27-year-old “Zola,” who reports on sensitive news throughout the country. The juxtaposition of Zola’s coming-of-age journey and Tiger Temple’s commitment to understanding China’s tumultuous past provides an alternate portrait of China and newsgathering in the 21st century.

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  • Reinventing Media in Colorado

    Colorado is a hotbed of media experimentation, but changes in the nation’s media landscape have hit the state hard. With so much in flux, journalists and media makers from Denver to Durango are reinventing how they serve the public and make media with impact for all of Colorado.

    This session examines Denver as a test case for cities across the nation, and explores how journalists and communities can work together to elevate new voices, tell important stories and rebuild journalism’s democratic core. Leading innovators will give you the tools you need to recreate the news in your community.

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  • Labor Unions: MIA in the Media

    Over the past few decades, the media have largely ignored labor issues. And both corporations and politicians have used the media to discredit the labor movement. This campaign has weakened the rights of workers and the influence of unions in places like Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin. The media often portray labor unions as power-hungry institutions that fail to serve their members’ interests. This panel will examine the media’s coverage of labor issues and explore how media consolidation has impacted labor coverage. The panel will also delve into ways we can use independent media and grassroots organizing to change the narrative.

    Plaza Ballroom D
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  • Campus Action

    Students are not just the future of our movement; they're already leading the way. College students are presenting their projects, research and journalism throughout the conference.

    Dan Massolgila, who has built a powerful social media presence for his law school, will discuss that project and his research on legal protections and Internet anonymity.

     

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  • Meaningful Broadband Adoption

    In 2009, the U.S. government made a significant investment in broadband access and adoption through the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP). As BTOP sunsets, and future funding for such initiatives fragments, accounts of how BTOP worked are pouring in. In this panel, practitioners and researchers from Colorado, Detroit, Florida and Philadelphia share best practices and lessons learned from setting up public computer centers, developing digital literacy curricula and training those who welcome new users into digital worlds. The discussion will consider how to continue fostering broadband adoption in a post-BTOP world.

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  • Manufacturing Terror: The Media’s Anti-Arab and Anti-Muslim Problem

    U.S. media frequently portray Arabs and Muslims only as terrorists or threats to national security. Consider the media’s coverage of the following: the proposal to build a Muslim cultural center in lower Manhattan, the New York Police Department’s surveillance of the Muslim community, and the false claims that Muslims are advocating for sharia law in the United States.

    What has been the impact of this coverage? Have the media legitimized discriminatory government policies against Arab and Muslim communities at home and abroad? And what, if anything, is happening to change how the media depict Arabs and Muslims?

    Governors Square 14
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  • Live Radio Show

    Hear conference updates and interviews with speakers and attendees on our morning radio show. Segments from participants in the Really Rad Radio Training will be featured throughout the program. Join the party in the tech and media playground during our live broadcast.

    Plaza Court 7
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10:30am

  • Meet the Authors

    Meet some of your favorite writers at our book signings — and spend some time browsing the amazing collection in our conference bookstore, hosted by our friends from Boulder Book Store.

    • Maytha Alhassen and Ahmed Shihab-Eldin, Demanding Dignity: Young Voices from the Front Lines of the Arab Revolutions
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  • Break

    Our Conference Commons is an interactive public square featuring an art gallery, a poets’ corner … even an old-school soapbox. Get your book signed in our bookstore, seek out fellow activists, make something in our tech and media playground, check out a video at our screening table and see what our many vendors have to offer.

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11:00am

  • Closing Plenary: A Roadmap for Change
    The movers and shakers getting it done every day will send us home with bold ideas and a vision for the future. You’ll leave this session energized and ready to take on the world! (We’re not kidding.)

    Chancellar Williams of Free Press will serve as emcee. We’ll map our way forward with a lively discussion among media reform and media justice leaders. We’ll also hear from some remarkable young women who are challenging media stereotypes. To top it all off we’ll have some great speeches and a special performance from comedian Hari Kondabolu. This is it — the grand finale to three days of inspiration and celebration.

    Presenters:

    • Craig Aaron, Free Press
    • Molly Culhane, New Moon Girls
    • Malkia Cyril, Center for Media Justice
    • Melissa Fitzgerald,West Wing actress and activist
    • Hari Kondabolu, comedian
    • Jenny Lee, Allied Media Projects
    • Summer Matthews, Reel Grrls
    • Sascha Meinrath, New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute
    • Rebecca Preston, poet
    • YingYing Shang, SPARK a Movement
    • Tyanna Slobe, SPARK a Movement
    • Chancellar Williams, Free Press
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12:30pm

  • Lunch Break

    During the lunch break you can jump on the soapbox, connect over beer or stroll the Conference Commons. Then grab lunch on your own. There are several dining options at the Sheraton, and 16th Street is chock full of great restaurants and bars. Many places are within walking distance, and you can also take the free MallRide shuttle, which stops at every block up and down the 16th Street Mall. We’ve also put together a short list of places to grab food and drinks — check your registration packet for details.

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1:00pm

  • The Commons Close

    Our Conference Commons is an interactive public square featuring an art gallery, a poets’ corner … even an old-school soapbox. Get your book signed in our bookstore, seek out fellow activists, make something in our tech and media playground, check out a video at our screening table and see what our many vendors have to offer.

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    Plaza Exhibit Hall
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  • Connect Over Beer

    Check out what Denver has to offer while you hang with your fellow conference-goers. The city is home to some great microbreweries and brewpubs, and this is your chance to sample some of the Rocky Mountain State's best brews. Go for a walk and whet your whistle with a beer and some good conversation. Connect with some of the people you've met at the conference or take a self-guided beer-tasting tour. These two resources will help get you started:

    DenverEater.com

    BeerMapping.com

    Directions: Go to the Free Press booth in the Conference Commons to get a walking map and choose your own beer adventure.

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8:00pm

  • After-Party and Comedy Showcase

    Deer Pile

    206 East 13th Ave. (above City O’ City)

    Kick back, relax and share a laugh (and maybe a beer or two) with your fellow conference attendees. Denver comedian Andrew Orvedahl hosts the evening and will perform alongside Janine Brito, Matthew Filipowicz, Jamie Kilstein, Hari Kondabolu, Kristin Rand, Troy Walker and other special guests. We'll close out the night with a dance party featuring DJ Ren.

    Admission: Suggested donations during the show will benefit comedians.

    Directions: Walk southwest on Court Place to 15th St. Turn left onto 15th St. Continue onto West Colfax Ave. Turn right onto Lincoln. Turn left onto East 13th Ave.

    Food and drinks will be available downstairs at City O’ City. Beer will be available at Deer Pile in exchange for cash donations.

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