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Media Democracy Days 2013

We can’t believe it

Media Democracy Days is here. And word has gotten out.

This week, several of our supporters published amazing pieces about the themes explored at MDD. You can read all about the Canadian government’s war on science in the Georgia Straight, and new models for telecommunication development in rural First Nations communities in The Vancouver Sun. We are overwhelmed by our supporters’ efforts and can’t thank them enough for their hard work!

MDD kicks off THIS AFTERNOON with a series of hands-on workshops at the Vancouver Public Library Central Branch (350 W. Georgia St.). While pre-registration for these events is now full, there are always no-shows. We encourage anyone who hasn’t registered to come down to the VPL and we’ll do our best to make sure you get in.
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Tickets at the door for our Friday night screening and keynote speech

terms-and-conditions_320x245Are you thinking of joining us for our opening keynote and reception on Friday but haven’t bought a ticket yet? Well, you’re in luck! We will have many tickets set aside at the door for those who show up on the day-of! Tickets are $10 at the door.

Join us on Nov. 8 at 6:30PM to take in a screening of Terms and Conditions May Apply and a keynote address from Elizabeth Denham, B.C.’s Information and Privacy Commissioner at The Cinematheque (1131 Howe St). If you’re planning on buying tickets at the door, we recommend you show up 20-30 minutes early to secure your space!
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This is big: Three events you cannot miss at MDD 2013

VO1This is big: Terms and Conditions May Apply, BC’s Information and Privacy Commissioner, The history of APTN, and 10 years of the The Tyee.

We have worked very hard to put together a lineup that captures the major debates of the last year in Canada’s media system. From aboriginal resistance, to cyber-bullying, to personal privacy and access to information regimes, we have striven to create a space for anyone interested in how our media affects our democracy.

Now, here are three events you cannot miss:

1. It all starts with a screening of Terms and Conditions May Apply and Elizabeth Denham, BC’s Information and Privacy Commissioner, at The Cinematheque on November 8th at 6:30PM. Tickets are $10 at the door, and we have lots of seats set aside for those who show up on the day-of.
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Original People. Original Television. The History of APTN at MDD

jenniferdavid_shareOn Saturday, November 9th, join author Jennifer David for her talk Original People. Original Television. How the launch of the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) changed the face of broadcasting in Canada at Media Democracy Days 2013.

It is fair to say that, for nearly a century, aboriginal people in film and television were either victims, villains, or vanquished. All that started to change in 1999 with the launch of APTN. As a founding member of the APTN, Ms. David promises to trace the history of the network from it’s humble origins and reliance on non-original programming to the full-fledged television network it has become.

Ms. David’s talk with take place at 12 noon at the Vancouver Public Library Central Branch (350 W. Georgia) in downtown Vancouver. We hope to see you there! For more information about Media Democracy Days 2013, head over to

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Where are all the women?

gender-panelsLet’s face it: media life is overwhelmingly skewed toward male interests.

On the one hand, the 2013 “Focus on Women,” report by the Canadian Union for Equality on Screen tells us that film and television production industries continue to favour men over women for higher-level positions and advancement through the ranks.1 Similarly, women comprise only 1 in 10 employees in the gaming industry work force,2 while almost half of gamers are now female.3

On the other hand, discussions about the media’s role in “rape culture” and “cyberbullying” have brought light to the challenges young women, female-identified persons, queer youth, and other targeted young people face today. Such debates are part of a broader discussion about the resiliency of misogyny, patriarchy, homophobia, and transphobia, in all aspects of life, and how best to positively challenge these practices.

What does this tell us about gender in society? What does it say about women who work – or wish to work – in media or cultural industry sectors?

To address these questions, Media Democracy Days 2013 has developed programming that focuses on gender, sexuality, and representation. Click here to see our full program of events at

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