21 October, 2019
EPRA meets in Athens to address emerging regulatory challenges and cooperation
The detailed Agenda for the 50th EPRA meeting, which will take place on 23-25 October 2019 in Athens, is now available. This closed event, hosted by the NCRT, the audiovisual regulatory authority in Greece, will gather about 150 delegates representing 50 member authorities, permanent observers and invited media experts who will discuss current issues pertaining to audiovisual media regulation in Europe and exchange on topics of common interest.
Further to the EPRA Work Programme, the plenary sessions will look at “the Protection of minors in the online world: what common challenges for National Regulatory Authorities and Data Protection Authorities?" (Plenary 1) and “Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning” (Plenary 2).
Plenary Session 1, on 24 October, will focus on the commmon challenges faced by the NRAs and the DPAs regarding children and their digital content consumption. The session will open with a keynote by Prof. Eva Lievens from the Law faculty of Ghent University. Elanor McCombe, from the ICO - the Data Protection Authority of the UK - will present the ICO's recently developed age appropriate design code.
Plenary Session 2, on 25 October, will open with a keynote by Tim Ensor (Cambridge Consultants), focusing on the use of AI in content moderation. A panel composed of Sébastien Lécou from the French CSA and Niamh McCole from the Irish public service broadcaster RTÉ will share their respective experience with regard to this emerging technology and engage in a debate with the audience.
Three parallel working groups will allow regulators to actively exchange experience and best practices:
WG I "Media literacy" will continue the fuitful work of the MIL Taskforce set up last year by EPRA. The first part of the session will be focussed on how NRAs have been involved in projects which were designed to promote media literacy skills relating to the use of social media/platforms and the second session will focus on exploring how search and social platforms are promoting media literacy skills.
WG II on “European works and prominence: identifying best pratices” will discuss the practical challenges encountered by regulators when collecting, identifying and measuring quotas of European works and prominence on VoD catalogues. Sophie Valais and Agnes Schneeberger from the European Audiovisual Observatory (EAO) will facilitate the debate by illustrating the key issues at stake from the legal and market point of view.
During WG III on "Accessibility of TV and on-demand audiovisual media services", Deirdre Kevin (Commsol) and Martin Spycher (Swiss Broadcasting Corporation), will update participants on the most recent regulatory and technological developments and discuss best practice in those jurisdictions that have many years of experience in using regulatory tools to enhance the amount of accessible audiovisual content available to people.
EPRA provides an independent, agile and participatory forum that allows audiovisual regulators in Europe (beyond the EU) to share information, best practices, experiences and expertise. EPRA does not take common positions but seeks to encourage independent, transparent and professional regulation and to raise awareness among its members of the consequences of the upheavals in the media ecosystem and to support them in the necessary evolution of audiovisual regulation practices.
Source: EPRA Secretariat