Mapping Digital Media: Thailand

June 16, 2011, 9:43 p.m.

The Open Society Foundations has conducted the Mapping Digital Media project covering 60 countries.  This report covers the history and current state of the media in Thailand.  It shows the relationship between the media and its impact on democracy.  The report on mapping digital media covers seven areas:

  1. Media Consumption: The digital factor

  2. Digital Media and Public or State-Administered Broadcasters

  3. Digital Media and Society

  4. Digital Media and Journalism

  5. Digital Media and Technology

  6. Digital Business

  7. Policies, Laws, and Regulators

The Mapping Digital Media project, which examines the changes in-depth, aims to build bridges between researchers and policy-makers, activists, academics and standard-setters across the world. It also builds policy capacity in countries where this is less developed, encouraging stakeholders to participate and influence change. At the same time, this research creates a knowledge base, laying foundations for advocacy work, building capacity and enhancing debate.

The Media Program of the Open Society Foundations has seen how changes and continuity affect the media in different places, redefining the way they can operate sustainably while staying true to values of pluralism and diversity, transparency and accountability, editorial independence, freedom of expression and information, public service, and high professional standards.

The Mapping Digital Media project assesses, in the light of these values, the global opportunities and risks that are created for media by the following developments: the switchover from analog broadcasting to digital broadcasting, growth of new media platforms as sources of news, convergence of traditional broadcasting with telecommunications.

Covering 60 countries, the project examines how these changes affect the core democratic service that any media system should provide—news about political, economic and social affairs.

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