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Public broadcasters launch Public Spaces Incubator

An international group of public broadcasters has begun an initiative called the Public Spaces Incubator. The  effort is intented to “explore new ways for public service media to support citizen engagement and democratic discourse.” Participating broadcasters include CBC/Radio-Canada, RTBF of Belgium, SRG SSR of Switzerland and ZDF of Germany. The initiative will develop and test ways to encourage online conversations on issues of public interest, without harassment or bullying. The project will be operated in collaboration with New Public, a non-profit organization that focuses on developing “healthy digital spaces.”

“This partnership of four of the world's leading public broadcasters underlines our collective and common purpose to address one of the most threatening phenomena of our time, unfettered online abuse,” said Catherine Tait, president and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada. “Online spaces that are free from disinformation, misinformation, harassment and abuse are near extinction. The social media environment has splintered into so many echo chambers that exclude diversity of opinion, discourage debate and silence dissent. Now is the time for public service media like CBC/Radio-Canada to play a role in reversing this trend. Together, we want to step up, discover and experiment with new ways of engaging our respective populations, connecting our communities and facilitating bridge-building dialogue that will strengthen our civic and democratic life.”

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