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Camden Conference announces 2020 theme

Oct 29, 2019

Camden — The Camden Conference has announced the theme of its 2020 Conference, The Media Revolution: Changing the World.

Once hailed as a tool that would bring people and nations closer together, the Internet has also had the opposite effect, segmenting users into interest groups. Relying on vast quantities of data, social media sites can “micro-target” specific demographic and cultural groups.  Many observers of this media free-for-all see it as a threat to democratic institutions and individual rights, privacy and security.

Attendees of the 2020 Conference will learn how technology is shaping the flow of information and how it is used. Some topics to be addressed will be where people get their news; what will be the role of traditional media and social media; how journalists and the public can discern what is misinformation, disinformation, or malicious distortion; and who bears responsibility for media content.

The Conference moderator will be David Brancaccio, host and senior editor of American Public Media’s Marketplace Morning Report. He anchored the award-winning public television news program NOW on PBS until 2010. His reporting has focused on the future of the economy, regulation of financial markets, the role of technology in labor markets, human rights, the environment, and social enterprises. Brancaccio’s work has earned the Peabody, the Columbia-duPont, the Emmy, and the Walter Cronkite awards.

Keynote speaker Nicco Mele is on the faculty at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and is the faculty co-chair of the Harvard Council on the Responsible Use of Artificial Intelligence. From 2016 to 2019, Mele was the Director of the Center, where he started new programs focused on understanding misinformation on social networks; sustainable models for local journalism; institutional anti-racism in media and algorithms; and platform accountability. He continues to teach classes on technology’s impact on media, politics, and public policy.

The 2020 Camden Conference takes place Feb. 21 to 23, live from the Camden Opera House and live streamed to the Strand Theatre in Rockland; Hutchinson Center in Belfast; Hannaford Hall at USM in Portland and an independent site Osher at Dartmouth. Tickets go on sale Dec. 2; members can purchase tickets anytime. For information on becoming a member visit the website at

The mission of the Camden Conference is to foster informed discourse on world issues. For more information, please visit the website or call 236-1034.


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