CoE: A New Notion of Media

On the 28th and 29th of May 2009 the Council of Europe (CoE) Ministers responsible for Media and New Communications Services met to discuss ‘A New Notion of Media’:

The purpose of this meeting was to set the media policy agenda for the Council of Europe in the light of the changing face of media. The meeting resulted in a Political Declaration and Resolutions (including Action Plan).

While the full text is important in the broader political context, the key points to note in respect of virtual worlds are:

  • Re-assertion of the importance of Human Rights
  • Use of Regulation, Self-regulation and Co-regulation models
  • Improving Media literacy
  • Formation of a European IGF (Internet Governance Forum)

These should also be understood in the light of CoE’s current work on Guidelines for Internet Service and Online Games providers.

tVPN Comment: While the CoE’s efforts in maintaining the link between new technology and human rights are to be supported. This meeting seemed to see New Media as Old Media Online. This is likely to present challenges to all parties as the convergent nature of virtual worlds challenge many of the assumptions of old media and regulatory focus. Ren Reynolds

In addition to this final communiqué the following Background Reports and Submissions will be of interested to Virtual Policy readers:

Background Reports


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