May 7th 2021, 1:45pm-2:45pm ET
Keynote panel: Joan Jenkinson, Sharon McGowan, Susan Brinton, Edward Greenspon, Jesse Wente
Chair: Faiza Hirji (McMaster University)
Keynote panel: Joan Jenkinson (Black Screen Office), Sharon McGowan (Women in Film and Television-Vancouver, University of British Columbia), Susan Brinton (Women in Film and Television-Vancouver), Edward Greenspon (Public Policy Forum), Jesse Wente (Indigenous Screen Office)
Recent critiques have made it clear that media systems require change and transformation that go beyond responding to the challenges posed by digital platforms. Digital platforms have created opportunities for diverse voices, while also constructing potential filter bubbles, echo chambers, and new forms of digital oppression. For Black, Indigenous, people of colour, and all women, digital platforms, like media systems more broadly, represent both opportunities and threats. Policy responses to the role of digital platforms in media ecosystems could have significant and differing effects on diversity and inclusion. The keynote panel will bring a depth of discussion to these issues, and will be followed by a question and answer period.