Regional Symposium: Sofia, Bulgaria

On behalf of the organizing team it is our great pleasure to invite you to participate in the upcoming Regional symposium  titled:

“Technology and regulation in a convergent environment.

The role of social media and its implications”

The regional COMPACT symposium is taking place at the Representation of the European Commission in Bulgaria (The European House), in Sofia (124, „Georgi S. Rakovski“ Str. Sofia, Bulgaria), on 11 – 12 November 2019.


Session I /Unsymposium/ “Public media, public values and platforms in  a convergent environment”

11th November 2019

14.00 – 14.30

14.30 – 15.10   Public service media and public service online. Platforms and networks
15.10 – 15.50 Presentation of the report on public media and cultural clusters

(Dr. hab. Michal Glowacki, Warsaw University, Poland)

15.50 – 16.30 Q&A and discussion on public service media role in the new media environment

(Dr. Bissera Zankova, “Media 21” Foundation, Bulgaria, Associate Prof. Dr. Ivo Indzov, Veliko Tarnovo University, Bulgaria)

16.30 – 16.50

Showing the video “Social media – regulation and problems – opinions and ideas”

(Ms. Maria Beltcheva, Senior expert, International Affairs, Council for Electronic Media, Bulgaria)


Session II /Symposium/

12th November 2019


09.30 – 10.00 Registration and distribution of materials
10.00 – 10.15 Official opening

(Representatives of COMPACT Project, European Commission representation in Bulgaria)

10.15 – 11.15 Panel 1: Social networks and their consequences. Risks, harms and vulnerable groups. Violence in and through the media and social networks

(Mr. Georgi Apostolov, Programme Manager, ARC Fund, Bulgaria, Prof. Dr. Lilia Raycheva, Faculty of Journalism and Mass Communication, Sofia University)

11.15 – 11.30 Coffee break
11.30 – 12.30 Panel 2: Regulation and overregulation in the convergent environment. New models and approaches – white papers and practices

(Dr. Evangelia Psychogiopoulou, Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP), Greece, Dr. Andrej Skolkay, School of Communication and Media, Bratislava, Slovakia, Dr. Gergely Gozstony, Assistant Professor, Eotvos Lorand University, Hungary, Dr. George Sharkov, European Software Institute – Center Eastern Europe)

12.30 – 13.30 Networking lunch
13.30 – 14.30 Panel 3: Social networks, smart journalism, access to information and GDPR

(Ms. Tanja Maksic, Media Policy and Good Governance Project Manager, BIRN, Serbia, Ms. Kalina Ruseva, Legal Associate, Law and Internet Foundation, Bulgaria, Ms. Justina Bieliauskaite, European DIGITAL SME Alliance, Mr. Dimitar Dimitrov, Digital Republic, Bulgaria)

14.30 – 15.30 Future tendencies in the digital world – a general discussion
15.30 – 15.45 Coffee break
15.45 – 16.30 Conclusions and wrap up. Adoption of messages from Sofia
16.30 – 17.00 Closing of the event

The information is prepared by the team of the COMPACT project.

COMPACT is a Coordination and Support Action funded European Commission under framework Horizon 2020.

The objective of the COMPACT project is to increase awareness (including scientific, political, cultural, legal, economic and technical areas) of the latest technological discoveries among key stakeholders in the context of social media and convergence. The project will offer analyses and road maps of related initiatives. In addition, extensive research on policies and regulatory frameworks in media and content will be developed.

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