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Global Inequalities

Here is a brief description of the thematic focus of the next Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum, the only truly global conference for media development in Germany.

Inequalities are all around us – some all-too visible, many obscure and insidious, and often causing lasting damage to society, social cohesion and growth.

From institutionalized racism to income inequality, sexism, the digital divide and unequal political and economic power relations - inequality is deeply ingrained and deeply confusing.

Shedding light on all dimensions of global inequality and its various solutions is a difficult yet vital mission for media, civil society and politicians.

Are media up to understanding the dimensions and effects of inequality? What about inequalities in the media sector itself? And how can technology really be a galvanizer and equalizer? What is the potential of digital developments and technology to provide equal access to knowledge, power and participation?

 “Global Inequalities” will be the focus theme of the 2018 Global Media Forum from June 11-13, 2018, hosted by Deutsche Welle. Here are some of the key aspects to be discussed further during the next conference.

Media Panel

Strategic discussion: Media monopolization & the fight for audiences - How to avoid information inequalities in the modern media landscape?

Despite a seemingly increasing diversification of our media landscape, digital shifts and the prevalence of information silos and news bubbles are redefining and strengthening media monopolization. What impact does this monopolization have on information inequalities? And how can these dangers be circumvented? What role can and should public, private and digital content creators and distributors play in guaranteeing equal access to information for all?

Foreign Policy Panel

Threats and opportunities of increasing isolationism to international power relations

Global challenges such as climate change, migration, economic stability and food and water supply require international cooperation. For decades, the US has shaped the international agenda. However, with the ‘America First’ policy of Donald Trump, the US is now holding back more and more. And on the opposite side of the Atlantic, the rise of populist movements in Germany and Europe has also lead to a turning inwards. What does this mean for the future of the German-American relationship? And how will it impact international power relations? Does this shift pose a threat to international relations or an opportunity for more equal power distribution?

Economy Panel

How much inequality does a society need and tolerate to develop sustainably?

Economic inequality is - or at least is perceived to be - growing. In recent years, the International Monetary Fund has moved away from the stance that inequality is necessary to ensure development. At the same time, new governments in France, the US and beyond aim to reduce taxes for the wealthy in order to push investment and growth. How much equality does a system need and tolerate to sustainably develop and/or preserve wealth? And what effect does inequality really have on society, economy and political systems?

Culture Panel

ArtIvism: Mediagenic ticket-seller or awareness raiser?

Art can often say what words cannot. With ever more sounds, images and words flooding the internet, politically engaged art is thriving again and becoming ever more extreme. Artists often push boundaries, proving thought-provoking perspectives on social, economic or political inequalities where others cannot. But can artists really strengthen the focus on the root causes of inequality or do they merely tend towards objectification or simplification? Where does art end and protest begin? When does art cross the line from provocative and confronting to detrimental and distasteful? And do you have to be media effective to be protest effective?


Find out more about everything digital taking place on the third day of the conference (June 13, 2018) during the Media Innovation Lab Day. 


These are of course only some of the topics we will be looking at, and we are working hard, together with our many partner organizations, on setting the stage for a wide variety of heated debates and discussions.

Want to have your say? Tell us how you define “Global Inequalities” or which topics should not be missed at the next Global Media Forum, by writing an email to: