kotor 2017

Kotor, Montenegro

Digital-born Media Carnival, 14 - 18 July, 2017

Social Event: Encouraging Pluralism and Participation Online
Ross LaJeunesse, Global Head of International Relations, Google

Digital-born Media Carnival is a 4 day event gathering more than hundred of online media representatives,
information explorers and digital rights enthusiasts.

Social Event: Encouraging Pluralism and Participation Online
Ross LaJeunesse, Global Head of International Relations, Google



We are looking for online media representatives, journalists, bloggers, content creators, human right defenders, hacktivists, new media startups and others to join us for a four-day event in UNESCO world heritage site Kotor. Individuals believing they could contribute and learn from others are welcome to apply, especially if they are coming from the Western Balkans, but others are also welcome. Together with 25+ international experts they will explore emerging opportunities and challenges in the digital media landscape within an environment designed to inspire, enable skill-building and provide a space for critical reflection.

What you’re signing up for:

You will spend four days learning and relaxing, pushing boundaries in understanding digital freedoms while exploring the beautiful Bay of Kotor. The Carnival will tackle the broader issue of freedom of expression and media professionalism online, with a particular interest in the areas that need to be improved regarding online media and content creators like business models and sustainability, distribution models and algorithmic governance, online media markets and net neutrality, targeted ads and privacy, innovation in reporting, data journalism, digital security, new media ethics, trust and information quality. The overall goal of this event is to provide knowledge on these topics and share experiences in a regional context. Also, the event will further strengthen the regional network of individuals and organisations dedicated to freedom of the Internet and their international counterparts to ensure continued joint action, innovation and learning in the field.

What will happen at the Carnival:

A number of workshops and hands-on training activities will take place in the mornings. Through grouping people together by projects and interest areas participants will work both individually and together. Talks, presentations, panel discussions, exhibitions and ceremonies will be organised in the evening in venues in the Old City of Kotor and in the palaces of Dobrota. The program schedule will leave you just enough time to enjoy the beautiful coastline and beaches of the Bay of Kotor during the afternoon, and the Old City of Kotor during the evening. Seize the opportunity and feel the excitement while exploring the medieval maze of museums, churches, Venetian palaces and pillories that contributed to making Kotor a UNESCO world heritage site. It is highly recommended to commit to the entire period between 14 – 18 July as we will be in session for 6 – 7 hours a day. Bring a critical and sharp mind with willingness to explore and interest in cooperating.

What will we talk about at the Carnival:

The main topics of the Carnival are fake news, ethics, sustainability, business models, creativity, innovation in reporting, manipulation, the online media market, surveillance, privacy, post-truth etc. We are therefore looking for applicants who are passionate to learn, or who are willing to share expertise on these topics.

Applicants should be interested in one (or more) of the following areas, let us know which ones:

  • online media business models
  • data journalism and innovation in reporting and media production
  • regulatory framework & ethics of online media
  • digital security
  • manipulation and fake news.

You should consider applying for the Carnival if you are:

  • digital/online media representative
  • journalist
  • content creator
  • blogger or citizen journalist
  • hacktivist/activist
  • media or IT lawyer
  • human rights defender
  • new media start-up
  • academic or researcher

Both self-employed applicants or those working for organisations are welcome to apply.

Apart from participating, you could contribute to the event as a speaker. You are encouraged to apply with individual projects that you or your organisation are passionate about.

Your information and privacy:

We will use Your submitted information for selection process and for our evaluation requirements only.

Application & cost:

Apply for the carnival by 1st of June (Thursday). English will be the working language of all Carnival activities. Access to the program of the Carnival will be free of charge for all registered and accepted participants. However, a limited number of full and partial scholarships is available for participants who request assistance to cover travel and/or accommodation on a case-to-case basis. In the past, many participants in our events have received funds from their own organizations or sought funding from other sources. Application for the scholarships is on a competitive basis. Factors taken into account in the assessment of applications are the country of origin (with priority given to a balanced representation from the Western Balkans region), topics of interest, area of expertise, organisation or community you represent and envisaged role at the conference.

Application deadline: 1 June, 2017 (23:59 CET)

You can access the online application form here.

Offline application to be sent via email can be downloaded here.

If you have any questions, please contact us via carnival@sharedefense.org.