The Internet and the media landscape are broken. The dominant commercial Internet platforms endanger democracy. Despite all the great opportunities the Internet has offered to society and individuals, the digital giants have acquired unparalleled economic, political and cultural power. As currently organised, the Internet separates and divides instead of creating common spaces for negotiating difference and disagreement. Democracy requires Public Service Media and a Public Service Internet.
In the online event, PSM experts will talk about why they support and signed the Manifesto that is the outcome of a discussion and collaboration process organised as part of the AHRC research network InnoPSM: Innovation in Public Service Media Policies.
Read more about the launch event and the Manifesto.
Occupy the Internet: 200 Media Experts Publish an Alarming Wake Up Call and Demand a Public Service Internet
Launch event of the «Public Service Media and Public Service Internet Manifesto» (June 17th, 2021)
Introduction and presentation: Klaus Unterberger (Austrian Broadcasting Corporation ORF Public Value)
With interventions by Alessandro D’Arma, Roy Cobby Avaria, Leonhard Dobusch, Christian Fuchs, Minna Horowitz, Luciana Musello, Jack L. Qiu, Barbara Thomaß.
Key Principles and Messages of the Manifesto
Democracy and digital democracy require Public Service Media. We call for the safeguarding of the existence of Public Service Media.
A democracy-enhancing Internet requires Public Service Media becoming Public Service Internet platforms that help to advance opportunities and equality in society. We call for the creation of the legal, economic and organisational foundations of such platforms.
Public Service Media content is distinctive from commercial media and data companies. It addresses citizens, not consumers.
Public Service Internet platforms realise fairness, democracy, participation, civic dialogue and engagement on the Internet.
The Public Service Internet requires new formats, new content, and vivid co-operation with the creative sectors of our societies.
Public Service Media should continue to be supported and funded so that they have the resources they need in order to realise and further develop their remit. In addition, the Public Service Internet requires sustainable funding that is based on mechanisms such as the licence fee, the Nordic model of a public service tax, and transnational funding mechanisms.
The Public Service Internet promotes equality and diversity.
The Public Service Internet provides opportunities for public debate, participation, and the advancement of social cohesion.
The Public Service Internet is a driver of change in the creation of new content and services while creating a sustainable ecosystem for media innovations.
Public Service Media and the Public Service Internet contribute to a democratic, sustainable, fair, just, and resilient society.