Come Friday (November 25), the inaugural edition of the DNPA Dialogues – India’s first-of-its-kind roundtable on emerging changes in Big Tech and Digital Media relationship will be hosted by the Digital News Publishers Association (DNPA). The dialogue is expected to see idea exchange on Big Tech’s antitrust practices and possible safeguard mechanisms for news publishers .
Rod Sims, former Australian antitrust stalwart, will be the keynote speaker at the big event that will be held as a webinar. Sims is former head of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), famously piloting the government’s mission to resolve revenue sharing disputes between Big Tech giants and the Australian news media.
The DNPA Dialogues will mark the first instance of the digital arms of India’s top news publishers coming together to host a constellation of stars and stakeholders from government, academia, and industry circles to exchange ideas on steps needed to ensure Big Tech platforms deal with digital news publishers equitably and with transparency.
The interactions will be the first of its dialogue in India dedicated exclusively to discussing the challenges being faced by the digital news industry in India in their relationships with big tech platforms. Digital arms of traditional news industry in India and in many parts of the world have questioned the anti trust monopolistic practices of Big Tech . Dialogues will provide an extraordinary platform and forum for Indian Publishers to learn and understand first hand from the experience of publishers in other country and how the Government and legislatures intervened to support the news industry .
The platform and initiative would see participation of thought leaders and knowledge seekers from wide spectrum of professions , communities ,institutions and industry like lawyers & law schools ,academia & media schools ,technology players ,policy makers & regulatory agencies , cream of Indian media leadership from DNPA members ,Big 4 & other think tanks , journalists & writers, various industry & business chambers , media associations and bodies ,advertisers etc.
The DNPA is a dynamic umbrella organisation for the digital wings of media businesses, having initiated proactive action in recent years to restore equality and fairness for all news publishers. The association represents 17 media publishers, including Dainik Jagran, Dainik Bhaskar, Indian Express, Malayala Manorama, ETV, India Today Group, Times Group, Amar Ujala, Hindustan Times, Zee Media, ABP Network, Lokmat, NDTV, New Indian Express, Mathrubhumi, Hindu, and Network 18.
A fortnight after Friday’s opening edition of the DNPA Dialogues, the second edition will be hosted on December 9, also in webinar format. It will feature focus on European Union and North Americas . DNPA dialogues would be hosted regularly in India. The dialogues would see participation from
“For the first time here, we’ll see media representatives holding discussions on improving the publisher-platform relationship,” said Tanmay Maheshwari, DNPA Chairman and Managing Director at Amar Ujala. “Through these events, we aim to chalk out a better and safer road ahead for India’s digital news ecosystem.”
“The DNPA Dialogues will serve as a new milestone in our journey to explore ways to improve the digital news landscape,” said Sujata Gupta, Secretary General, DNPA. “We welcome everyone to soak in the wonderful exchanges and help Big Tech and the domestic media coexist without bias.”