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Big Tech and Journalism - Building a Sustainable Future in the Global South

​The GIBS Media Leadership Think Tank looks forward to hosting over 70 participants from 25 countries, including journalists, publishers, journalist organisations, NGOs and academics.Our participants come from countries in the Global South that have larger media industries or are considering media sustainability initiatives via legislation and competition authorities. The countries represented at the conference include: South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, Namibia, Senegal, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador, Columbia, Mexico, India, Malaysia, Indonesia and Lebanon. Also joining us in Johannesburg are academics, publishers, journalists, funders and NGOs from countries in the Global North which have already implemented or are discussing implementing initiatives to sustain journalism including Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the USA. The purpose of the conference is to share information and experiences from a wide range of countries and media systems.

The conference will focus on the intersection between public policy on news media and public policy on platforms to build consensus around how best to manage this intersection. The aim is to propose broad, global principles for news media sustainability and platform policy reform to help in the design and evaluation of public policy mechanisms that oblige digital platforms and news providers to trade with each other on fair terms.

Confirmations for in-person attendance have reached capacity. Registration for online attendance can be accessed via Zoom.

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