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14 June 2021 - 15 June 2021

The 2021 Global Media Forum will be taking place as a hybrid event on June 14 – 15. And wherever you are, you are invited to join us to discuss the theme: Disruption and Innovation!

As in past years, the 14th Global Media Forum, too, will give participants around the globe an opportunity to discuss, debate and learn more about the topic. Those who took part virtually in the 2020 GMF or previous events will have the chance to reconnect and continue conversations. For those who are new to the GMF, be prepared to be stimulated, challenged and entertained! Here’s some food for thought, and a taste of what’s to come:

The challenge and potential of disruptive technology

Digitalization has caused a rapid and dynamic shift in media, society, business and politics worldwide. Radical innovations are fundamentally changing established consumer markets and user habits and are rewriting the rules of the game for entire global industries.

Streaming services, digital photography and virtual reality applications demonstrate how revolutionary ideas and smart niche solutions have already successfully replaced previously established services. At the same time, disruptive innovations offer great opportunities to invigorate dormant potentials and broaden horizons.

Democracy hanging in the balance

Disruptive developments also take place in politics, with adversaries of democracy questioning its very foundations and subjecting pluralism to an unprecedented stress test around the globe.

What challenges do disruptive developments pose in general to media and politics, business and society, and what untapped potentials are there to benefit from? How can we seize the opportunities created by disruptive developments? Is it a question of flexibility, or of finding a balance between innovation and tradition?

Preliminary themes

The 2021 Global Media Forum will seek ways to help us understand the challenges of disruptive innovations while discovering opportunities to influence these rapid developments, applying our individual areas of expertise and harnessing the innovative power of our own curiosity. These are some of the topics we want to discuss with you.

  • Looking into the future – innovations and trends from AI to VR

Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Reality are important trends in the era of digital transformation. How can media organizations use them creatively? What do futurologists have to say about this?

  • Diversity – a future strategy for quality media

How can diversity be implemented in media companies? What contributions can media professionals make to overcome division and exclusion of certain groups of people?

  • Mission Impossible? – political communication in the era of disruption

How does the use of social media by political actors affect political processes? Are the rules of democracy changing for the better or are they being reversed? What are the best means to promote media literacy?

  • Conspiracy theories and fake news – how media can regain trust

We are no longer simply consumers of information – using digital tools we now have the power to set their own agenda and participate in public debate. Journalists have lost their role as gatekeepers – have they also lost the people’s trust?

A platform to seek solutions — together
The DW Global Media Forum offers a unique interdisciplinary platform for media professionals as well as decision-makers from politics, civil society, culture, education, business and science to get together and to learn from each other as part of an intercultural exchange.

For information about registration, please check the GMF website and social media channels.


14 June 2021
15 June 2021
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