Sessions at SXSW Interactive 2012 of type Panel about Democracy

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Monday 12th March 2012

  • State of the Media Democracy

    by Phil Asmundson and Robert Underwood

    Digitization is transforming the media and entertainment industry full stop. But is the industry evolving quickly enough to meet consumer demands—demands that differ greatly from one generation to the next? In this discussion, industry executives will react to data from Deloitte’s sixth edition of the State of the Media Democracy Survey which provides insight into the media consumption behaviors and preferences of generations around the world.

    For more information on the State of the Media Democracy survey visit: www.deloitte.com/us/mediademocracy

    At 9:30am to 10:30am, Monday 12th March

    In Creekside I & II, Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol

    Coverage audio clip

  • Tech Cooperatives: A Better Way to Make a Living

    by Raeanne Young, Andi Shively, Drew Stephan, Poonam Whabi and Jack Aponte

    Most experienced IT folks have faced the choice of freelancing versus working for an established business. Freelancing offers creative autonomy but not necessarily steady income. A job with a larger company provides a steady paycheck but often comes with creative and personal constraints.

    We are part of a growing movement among creative professionals who want an alternative to traditional business structures. The worker-cooperative business model enables IT professionals to maintain control of their work and life, produce excellent work, and retain the benefits of the value that they create, without sacrificing security. Our tech cooperatives offer the support and team approach of a firm but are entirely owned and democratically governed by the folks who work in them - us.

    This is a moderated panel with a focused, first-person discussion of different experiences of working in tech cooperatives. We will explain why a growing number of IT professionals prefer working in a co-op setting, the advantages and drawbacks of a democratic workplace, and the processes of starting and maintaining a worker cooperative.

    At 9:30am to 10:30am, Monday 12th March

    In Brazos, Marriott Courtyard Austin Downtown/Convention Center

    Coverage audio clip

  • Your iPhone Is Political: Mobile Democracy

    by Nilay Patel, Josh Levy, Parul Desai and Katherine Maher

    By 2014, more of us will access the Internet with mobile devices than with desktops or laptops. Android phones, iPhones, iPads and other mobile devices are quickly becoming our primary gateways to the Internet.

    Everything we do online -- the ways that we produce news, organize our communities, and communicate with each other -- will increasingly depend on access to these devices and the broadband data connections they provide.

    Meanwhile, wireless companies are seeking to determine what content we can see and how we can access it. As users fight for control over their mobile experience, it's fair to say that your Android or iPhone is political.

    This panel of policy experts, tech journalists and public interest advocates will discuss how demographic and social shifts are changing how we use mobile devices and networks, how carriers and the public are fighting for control over them, and how good policies can protect consumers from wireless carrier abuse.

    At 9:30am to 10:30am, Monday 12th March

    In Salon J, Hilton Austin Downtown