Edwy Plenel on the digital revolution and the lessons of the Cahuzac scandal
Mediapart Editor-in-Chief Edwy Plenel was the guest speaker at a New York University conference earlier this month on the potential of the digital revolution. During his 25 minute-speech in English, he spoke about the challenges and opportunities for the new media in bringing greater accountability and democracy to society, the history of Mediapart in exposing corruption under governments of the Right and Left, and in particular the lessons to be learnt from this website’s role – and the lack of almost any played by other French media – in revealing budget minister Jérôme Cahuzac’s secret foreign bank accounts, a scandal that continues to rock the French political establishment.
The NYU conference, entitled ‘Digital Revolution, Democratic Revolutions? How the Digital Revolution is Changing Public Space’, co-sponsored by NYU’s Institute of African American Affairs and Institute for Public Knowledge, was held at the university’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute on April 12th.
You can see the conference and the debate in the video below. Or you can listen to the conference then the debate in both recordings below.
Click screen to play the video (Plenel presentation begins 06'26"):
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