| DW Global Media Forum | DW | 08.01.2014
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The Internet has become a societal foundation for global communications. The digital era opens vast opportunities, but it also poses risks. Combating internet abuse is a challenge to both policy makers and business.

Once primarily a one-way street, "the information highway" has since about the turn of the century developed into a truly interactive medium. People can go online to create and co-shape social and political movements, forcing "conventional" media to consistently rethink and revitalize the ways they perceive, address and engage their audiences. More participation, social action and public interest in political decision-making is democratizing news and societies. What does this mean for media reporting, public opinion-making and forms of governance? And how do they impact each other in the ways they operate? The conference will focus on these and related complexities.