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Media Democracy Days 2014

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350 West Georgia
Vancouver, BC

Something new and exciting is in the air: public urgency for change, and a sense that we can make that change happen!

This year’s Media Democracy Days promises two full days of public events that promote a fair and democratic media system, one that gives voice to the silenced, encourages diversity, and challenges power. We will kick off the conference on Friday November 7th with the Vancouver premier of the documentary “Preempting Dissent”, followed by a panel discussion with the filmmakers, Greg Elmer and Andy Opel. Preempting Dissent explores how protests today are managed by policing strategies that try to limit their visibility and impact.

On Saturday November 8th attendees will get a chance to engage with our program through hands-on media-making workshops, and a range of panel discussions on the impacts of Canada’s broken media system. MDD will cover issues such as environmental media activism, DIY podcasting, and direct action for reclaiming public voice. We’ll also showcase over two dozen community groups working in media education, advocacy, and production through our media fair.

And don’t forget to come hear from our fantastic keynote speakers: Michael Geist, Copyright expert and specialist on Internet freedom, Reilly Yeo of & Kai Nagata of Dogwood Initiative.

Head over to for a complete listing of what we have in store for November 7-8, 2014. We look forward to seeing you at MDD!


Friday Nov. 7, 6 PM
SFU Downtown Seagal Rooms (HC1400)
Prempting Dissent film screening, followed by panel discussion with filmmaker and local speakers.

Saturday Nov. 8, 10 AM-6 PM
Vancouver Public Library Central Branch
Panel discussions & debates: The Big Media Cartel: Journalism’s decline in a managed democracy, Petrocultures and media activism, Sharing Practices and Digital Tools for Social Change and more!
Workshops: So you wanna be an indie journalist?, Social Media for Social Change, Digital Potlatch: Audio Production for Social Change, and more!
Speakers: Michael Geist, Reilly Yeo (, Kai Nagata (Dogwood Initiative), Marcos Gomez (ACORN BC), Ben West (Forest Ethics), Jamie Biggar (LeadNow), Michael Stewart (, and many more!

About MDD
Since 2001, MDD has grown to become the signature event for alternative, independent & democratic media in Canada and the Pacific Northwest. With the strong belief that having a democratic and open media helps establish and maintain a healthy, democratic society, MDD is an annual conference organized by The Media Democracy Project, SFU’s School of Communication, and, and receives generous support from local not-for-profit organizations and the Vancouver Public Library. You can learn more about our work at