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Media for Democracy Forum #M4DF

U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM)

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

Media for Democracy Forum #M4DF

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Event registration begins at 8:15 AM, and program begins promptly at 9:00 AM.

Please arrive at least 20 minutes ahead of the event start time with a government-issued ID to process through U.S. Institute of Peace building security and event registration.

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Interested in the ways media and information technologies support democratic communities and institutions all around the world?

Join the U.S. Agency for Global Media, media experts, practitioners, opinion leaders and policy makers for the Media for Democracy Forum #M4DF: a multi-session event designed for exchanging ideas and networking.


08:15 AM      Registration Opens

09:00 AM      Welcome to the Forum

                      Kenneth R. Weinstein, President and CEO of Hudson Institute

09:10 AM      Opening Keynote: Why Media for Democracy, and Why Now?

                      Alec Ross, Technology Policy Expert, Innovator and Author

09:45 AM      New and Emerging Threats to Media Freedom: What's Next?

                      Amanda Bennett, Director, Voice of America

                      Libby Liu, President, Radio Free Asia

                      Christopher Walker, Vice President, National Endowment for Democracy

                      Sarah Repucci, Senior Director for Research and Analysis, Freedom House

                      Arturo Filasto, Founder, Open Observatory of Network Interference

                      Moderator: Shawn Powers, Acting Chief Strategy Officer, USAGM

11:00 AM      Coffee Break and Networking

11:15 AM      Networks of Destruction: Disinformation and its Discontents    

                      Simon Ostrovsky, Journalist and Filmmaker, Coda Story

                      Peter Pomerantsev, Author, 'Nothing is True, and Everything is Possible'

                      Natalia Sedletska, Author and Host, RFE/RL investigative TV show 'Schemes'

                      Moderator: Melinda Haring, Editor of UkraineAlert at The Atlantic Council

12:30 PM      Lunch and Networking

01:15 PM      Keynotes: Re-engaging in the Information Battlefield

                      John F. Lansing, Chief Executive Officer and Director, USAGM

                      The Honorable Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX)

01:45 PM      Machined Media: Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Journalism    

                      Sameena Shah, Managing Director, Head of Data Science, S&P Global Ratings

                      Shamir Allibhai, Founder & CEO, Simon Says AI

                      Mike Pritchard, White House Presidential Innovation Fellow

                      Phil Anderson, Data Scientist, Department of State

                      Nicole Martin, Contributor, Forbes and Owner, NR Digital Consulting

                      Moderator: Makena Kelly, Policy reporter, The Verge

03:00 PM      Coffee Break and Networking

03:15 PM      Re-imagining Journalism: Storytelling for Civic Engagement        

                      Robert Hernandez, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

                      Andreas Giefer, Coordinator, Deutsche Welle Lab

                      Emma Lacey-Bordeaux, D.C. Editor, The Row at CNN

                      Thaer Soukar, Director of Digital Content, Middle East Broadcasting Networks

04:30 PM      Key Challenges and Next Steps

                      Steve Capus, Former President, NBC News and

                      Former Executive Editor and Producer, CBS News

                      The Honorable Congressman Chris Stewart (R-UT)


This is just a sample of the exciting programming and speakers we have planned for #M4DF. New speakers will continue to be added until the date of the event. 

Check our website for updates.  

For more information, please contact USAGM Public Affairs at (202) 203-4400 or by e-mail at

Have questions about Media for Democracy Forum #M4DF? Contact U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM)

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U.S. Institute of Peace
2301 Constitution Ave NW
Washington DC, District of Columbia 20037

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

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U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM)

The United States Agency for Global Media (USAGM) is an independent federal agency, supervising all U.S. government-supported, civilian international media, whose mission is to inform, engage and connect people around the world in support of freedom and democracy. USAGM networks include the Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Office of Cuba Broadcasting (Radio and TV Marti), Radio Free Asia, and the Middle East Broadcasting Networks (Alhurra TV and Radio Sawa). USAGM programming has a measured audience of 345 million in more than 100 countries and in 60 languages.

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