Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg: Strong Partner of the M100SC

We thank the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg for supporting the M100 Sanssouci Colloquium as a strong partner from the very beginning. The Medienboard is responsible for the national and international presentation and profiling of Berlin-Brandenburg as a film and media location, for providing up-to-date information about the location, for networking the film and media industry across federal states and sectors, and for supporting the establishment of film and media companies. The Medienboard supports media-related location projects that promote the development, professionalisation and presentation of Berlin-Brandenburg as a film and media location.

Helge Jürgens, CEO New Media Funding Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg:
“‘ Democracy under Attack’ – an important topic that will be discussed at the M100 in Potsdam in the super election year 2024! Around 80 participants from traditional, established and young, independent, democratic media from Europe and beyond will discuss the state of democracy, the effects of disinformation, the opportunities and dangers of artificial intelligence and the role and tasks of journalists in an increasingly complex and complicated world. As a long-standing supporter of the M100, we are once again supporting the exchange between politics and science on current socio-political developments and trends and the influence of the media this year.”

Online-Talk “Democratic Crossroads: Economic Vistas and the Presidential Election”, 22 July, 19:15 h

15 July 2024. Economic performance has been the most important factor in the US presidential election in polls for months. The Biden administration is relying on Bidenomics via the Build Back Better infrastructure programme. The Republicans are building on Trump’s “America First” stance with nationalist tones and calls for an “anti-corporate elite policy” that breaks with the GOP legacy of a libertarian, unregulated market economy. The two approaches have more in common than both parties admit, also with regard to the hard line towards China.
read more Online-Talk “Democratic Crossroads: Economic Vistas and the Presidential Election”, 22 July, 19:15 h

Thank you for all applications for the 20th M100YEJ!

11 July 2024. We received over 50 applications from 22 European countries, from Armenia to Malta, from Sweden to Ukraine. 🌍
The selection will be tough. Unfortunately, we can only offer 20 places for our workshop on “Live Journalism: Fake News and Disinformation in Election Campaigns”, which will take place in Potsdam from 7 to 12 September. The highlight of the seminar will certainly be a public live reporter slam by our participants in Potsdam 🏆🎤. And, of course, attending the M100 Sanssouci Colloquium the following day!
All applicants will be notified by 17 July.
Stay tuned! 🔔

Speakers at the 20th M100 Sanssouci Colloquium

2 July 2024. These are just some of the confirmed participants at this year’s #M100SC which takes place on 12 September in the Orangery Sanssouci in Potsdam.
Under the topic “Democracy under Attack” we are inviting about 80 high-level representatives of traditional, established and young, independent, democratic media from all over Europe and beyond to discuss together with representatives from politics and science current socio-political developments and tendencies and the role and influence of the media in international affairs.
Here you can find an overview of the confirmed participants.
For the agenda click here.
Parts of the conference – the opening speech by Anna Wieslander, the Special Talk and the presentation of the M100 Media Award – will be streamed live, stay tuned!

Application Call M100YEJ 2024!

Fake News and Disinformation in Election Campaigns

 7 – 12 September 2024, Potsdam
(Arrival 6 September, departure 13 September)

In September 2024, the M100 Young European Journalists Workshop (M100YEJ) will take place for the 20th time. Under the topic “Live Journalism: Fake News and Disinformation in Election Campaigns” we are inviting about 20 young journalists from all over Europe to deepen their knowledge with experts in practical and theoretical exercises. The workshop will also allow participants to learn about the different conditions and challenges for journalism in different political and social systems and to exchange ideas and network with journalists from all over Europe.

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary, however, we not only want to impart theoretical and practical knowledge, but also to make journalism more tangible and accessible, and to establish a direct connection between journalists and “the people out there”: We are bringing journalism on the stage!
In the first part of the workshop, participants will learn more about the content, while in the second part they will learn how to present their work live in front of an audience.

read more Application Call M100YEJ 2024!

Online-Talk “Democratic Crossroads: The (dis)power of the media in the US election campaign”, 4 June, 19:15 hrs

2 June 2024. The media play a central role in shaping opinion in the US election campaign. But as technology increases, so does the opposite: disinformation and misinformation. As more voters turn to social media for information, the risk of influencing the masses with false news is increasing. Negative campaigning, fake news, images and videos generated by artificial intelligence – the problems are manifold. While the power of traditional news media is under attack from online platforms and social media, the media as a whole seem to exert enormous influence. To what extent do the media utilise this? And to what extent can presidential candidates capitalise on this influence? Finally, which media channels do young Gen Z and Gen Alpha consume (at all)?

read more Online-Talk “Democratic Crossroads: The (dis)power of the media in the US election campaign”, 4 June, 19:15 hrs

The topic of the 20th M100 Sanssouci Colloquium

30 May 2024. Around half of the world’s population will be able to cast their vote this year and have a decisive influence on the way the world will be governed for years to come. This is unique, because never before have so many people around the world been able to vote in one year as in 2024.
But experts fear that this super election year will be accompanied by an increase in fake news and disinformation to influence voters’ opinions and voting behaviour. Increasingly rapid advances in artificial intelligence, growing threats from wars and crises, and decreasing protection against hate and hate speech on social media are all contributing to this trend.
The fight against large-scale disinformation campaigns by autocratic states is one of the greatest political, media and social challenges of our time, the outcome of which will have a major impact on the future world order.
read more The topic of the 20th M100 Sanssouci Colloquium

Anna Wieslander to hold the opening speech of the 20th M100SC

27 May 2024. We are delighted to have Anna Wieslander, Director for Northern Europe at the Atlantic Council in Sweden, as the opening speaker of the M100 Sanssouci Colloquium!
The 20th M100 Sanssouci Colloquium will take place on Thursday 12 September at the Orangery Sanssouci in Potsdam under the title “Democracy under Attack”.
Anna Wieslander is a highly experienced and sought-after expert on Europe and security who analyses international trends with a particular focus on the security situation in the region and its connection to transatlantic and global geopolitical developments. Her expertise includes security and defence policy, NATO security in the Baltic Sea region, the Arctic and European defence cooperation.
Anna Wieslander is also Chair of the Institute for Security and Development Policy (ISDP), a Stockholm-based think tank focusing on Central Asia and Asia, and Secretary General of the Swedish Defence Association (AFF).
The opening speech will take place on 12 September at 10.00 a.m. (CET) and will be streamed live.

One Country, Two Planets. The United States 6 Months before the Presidential Election

23 May 2024: What is the mood in the US six months before the elections? From 30 April to 10 May, political scientist and Americanist Dr Tobias Endler travelled the US and shares his impressions here:
10 days between Manhattan and Texas. In other words, two Americas that are 3,000 kilometres apart. For someone who has been travelling the country for decades, it feels more like 10,000 km in 2024.
This brings us to a first observation: the big dividing line is between urban and rural areas. The presidential election in November will be decided along this line. According to the statistics, 8 out of 10 Americans live in ‘urban areas’, but this term covers many things, and because of the first-past-the-post system, the question of victory or defeat will be decided in the large rural states. Texas is a world unto itself, and it’s America to the power of 2. read more One Country, Two Planets. The United States 6 Months before the Presidential Election

The Man behind the “Agent Law” in Georgia

17 May 2024. For weeks, hundreds of thousands of people have been taking to the streets in Georgia to demonstrate against the so-called “Law on Transparency of Foreign Influence” of the ruling party “Georgian Dream“. The law is closely modelled on Russia’s “agent law” which the Kremlin has used for years to stifle opposition activists, the media, journalists and NGOs. It requires organisations that receive more than 20 per cent of their funding from abroad to register as ‘agents of foreign influence’. This law has enabled Russia to eliminate all forms of opposition and close down NGOs and all independent media. The same scenario is now threatening Georgia. But despite massive protests, the Georgian parliament waved the law through on 14 May. The result: The country in the Caucasus, an official candidate for EU membership since December 2023, is in danger of being re-capitulated into the Russian orbit as a kind of satellite state. This makes EU membership an extremely distant prospect.
What is behind it?
read more The Man behind the “Agent Law” in Georgia