The Media Rumble podcast

An annual media forum bringing together leading news professionals, tech innovators, policymakers, filmmakers, and investors from across the world to discuss the future of news, tech and policy.

TMR 2021: Watching Big Tech- Chitranshu Tewari and Julia Angwin

Season 2, Ep. 16
In the session of the Media Rumble 2021, titled "Watching Big Tech", Chitranshu Tewari, director, product and revenue, at Newslaundry, was in conversation with Julia Angwin. A Pulitzer prize-winning journalist, Julia is the co-founder of Markup, a news portal best known for its investigative journalism in the field of technology. The objective of the session was to discuss tech reporting and the challenges faced by newsrooms such as Markup. Julia talked about hotly debated issues such as inequality in content moderation of online speech in countries like India vis à vis the United States. She also talked about the revenue models of media platforms like Markup, changes in the tech journalism space, and the increase in reader interest in the ramifications of unregulated big tech.Time codes:0:00 to 1:48 Introduction1:48 to 5:0 Programmers in the newsroom: using technology to report on technology5:01 to 10:12 Importance of releasing data sets and transparency10:12 to 13:00 Balancing source protection with reader trust13:00 to 16:43 Policy framework to ensure that platforms do not block information access16:43 to 22:22 Inequality in content moderation of online speech22:22 to 29:00 Revenue model for tech reporting and use of third party trackers29:00 to 31:00 Change in tech reporting space from consumer driven to public interest32:37 to 35:14 Reader interest and awareness in tech stories35:14 to 41:42 Media Imperialism and Parachute Journalism41:42 to 43:10 Ways to distribute content beyond mainstream social media

TMR 2021: Afghanistan Crisis- Mitali Mukherjee, Bahar Jalali, Mariam Wardak, Matthew Hoh

Season 2, Ep. 14
The Media Rumble session on "Afghanistan Crisis" was moderated by Mitali Mukherjee, writer and financial news journalist. The panel comprised Mariam Wardak, founder, Her Afghanistan; Mathew Hoh, a marine combat veteran and senior fellow with the Center for International Policy; Kabir Taneja, fellow, Strategic Studies Programme, Observer Research Foundation; and Dr Bahar Jalali, an Afghan-American academic. The discussion covered people's perceptions of Taliban 2.0, collective international responsibility, and the US's hasty withdrawal from the region.On women's rights in Afghanistan, Bahar denounced the depiction of women as victims, highlighting the important space they occupy in society. She also pointed out that women had organised to resist the Taliban.Timecodes:0:00 to 1:21 Introduction1:22 to 7:03 Current situation in Afghanistan7:04 to 13:02 Taliban 2.0 & accountability of other countries13:03 to 16:22 Economic Crisis in Afghanistan16:23 to 19:35 Effects of diplomacy on economic aid19:36 to 23:27 Steps which can be taken to support women to get tangible outcome23:28 to 27:19 Structuring humanitarian aid to help women27:20 to 35:15 Has America learnt its lesson?35:16 to 39:14 ‘Intoxicating effect’ on terror groups39:15 to 44:10 Future of Afghanistan in the next few months44:11 to 47:04 India's hesitancy in the Taliban takeover47:05 to 50:32 Global implications & Fear of USA's re-intervention50:33 to 51:01 Conclusion

TMR 2021: Climate Action- Faye D'Souza, Christopher Beaton, Shikha Bhasin, Siddharth Singh

Season 2, Ep. 13
The Media Rumble 2021 session on "Climate Action" was moderated by Faye D'Souza, an independent journalist. The panel comprised Christopher Beaton, lead, sustainable energy consumption, at the International Institute of Sustainable Energy Consumption; Shikha Bhasin, programme lead at the Council on Energy, Environment and Water; Siddharth Singh, lead India analyst and coordinator at the International Energy Agency; and Lou Del Bello, special projects editor for The Third Pole. The session began with an address by Elias Marini Schafer, programme officer, Konrad Adenauer Foundation. He explained how a one percent increase in global temperature can affect the marine ecosystem, diversity and food production. Faye then talked about the 2021 UN report on climate change and how governments must mobilise to act. Christopher talked about the feasibility of India's zero emission deadlines.Siddharth, the author of ‘The Great Smog of India’, explained the distinction between air pollution and climate change. He also said the overlap between the two is important, since steps to control greenhouse gases have an impact on air pollutants.Timecodes:0:00 to 1:03 Introduction1:04 to 6:11 Need for developing countries to declare a zero emission deadline6:12 to 7:57 Do we need to start focusing on countries that emit the most CO2?7:58 to 14:08 Role of local governments (city level) in climate change conversations14:09 to 18:09 Collaboration between countries to mitigate climate change18:10 to 25:16 Media reporting on climate change25:17 to 27:20 City-level communication and human stories behind the crisis27:21 to 29:39 Sustainable agriculture solutions at the local level29:40 to 35:04 Drastic measures to combat climate change based on the geography35:04 to 37:35 Role of politics in climate change37:36 to 40:02 Incentives to the private sector to ensure sustainability.40:03 to 40:58 Conclusion

TMR 2021: IT Rules-Dhanya Rajendran, Apar Gupta, Namrata Maheshwari and MK Venu

Season 2, Ep. 11
In the second session of The Media Rumble held on September 22, Dhanya Rajendran, co-founder and editor-in-chief of The News Minute, sat down with Apar Gupta, lawyer and executive director of the Internet Freedom Foundation; Namrata Maheshwari, Asia Pacific policy council at Axis Now; and MK Venu, founding editor and director of The Wire. The discussion began with Apar explaining the new IT rules and the litigation against it. He mentioned the terms of oversight and censorial power wielded by the government as per the rules which were, in turn, introduced by an executive notification without any legal backing to them.​​The discussion moved on to the consolidation of government’s control in the new IT rules with a grievance redressal system that places an inter-ministerial committee at its head. Dhanya detailed how traditional media groups are trying to negotiate with the government, while Venu explained the politics behind the rules.Timecodes0:00 to 5:22 - Lack of unity in the media to oppose the rules5:22 to 9:57 - The narrative that the rules are to tackle fake news and child abuse 9:57 to 14:08 - Digital media and acceptable regulations14:08 to 20:34 - Retrospective effect of the IT Rules and impact on digital rights20:34 to 24:30 - Compliance requirements under the IT Rules24:30 to 27:53 - Need for a message from the courts and solidarity within the media community27:53 to 28:13 - Conclusion

TMR 2021: How The World Sees China- Happymon Jacob,C Raja Mohan, Bill Birtles, Sowmiya Ashok and Samir Saran

Season 2, Ep. 12
The session on "How the World Sees China" was moderated by Happymon Jacob, professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University and the founder and honorary director of the Council for Strategic and Defense Research, New Delhi. The panel comprised C Raja Mohan, Director, Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore; Bill Birtles, a journalist at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation; Sowmiya Ashok, an independent journalist; and Samir Saran, president, Observer Research Foundation. The discussion began with the question on whether enough is being done to understand China and its people. Raja said China's nationalism is "not exceptional", and detailed issues of territorial expansionism, military assertion, economic coercion, diplomatic aggression, and domestic repression.On the Chinese education system, Bill emphasised how the fostering of extreme nationalism led locals to believe the foreign media is out to smear China's image.Timecodes0:00 to 2:03 - Introduction and housekeeping2:03 to 4:57 - Increasing negative perception of China 4:57 to 14:53 - Getting past the choreographed image of China and its control on the media 14:53 to 18:48 - Rising anti-China sentiment in Australia 18:48 to 23:22- State of China studies in India23:22 to 28:29 - Studying China from a think tank perspective 28:29 to 33:57 - Challenges faced by reporters while reporting on China 33:57 to 38:13 - Divide in opinion about China between the elites and ordinary people38:13 to 46:22 - Would a regime change in China increase engagement? 46:22 to 48:26- Chinese scholarship vis-a-vis eurocentric or other Asian scholarship 48:26 to 50:22 - Conclusion