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About us

Medier & demokrati is a national collaboration platform for media innovation and social research. The goal is the strengthen media's innovative strength, journalism, the public discourse and democracy. A priority area for the platform is media-related AI innovation.

Medier & demokrati's starting point is the historical conversion of the media landscape. Digitalisation has revolutionised possibilities of producing, publishing and consuming media content and the traditional and publishing-driven media no longer have the same dominant and central role.

What are the effects - both positive and negative - will it have for journalism, the media, the people and democracy? The media and democracy development interface is an area that has been in existence for about 250 years. It began with what was probably the world's first freedom of the press regulation.

Medier & demokrati is a neutral development environment where media players, academics and social institutions drive innovation and research. This takes place in experimental projects that develop and spread knowledge, new working methods, services and tools. 

Since 2019, Medier & demokrati has also led a national AI initiative together with media corporations and AI Innnovation of Sweden, Sweden's engine for applied AI development and research. The purpose is to accelerate media-related technological development with a focus on AI And data-drive journalism, business, product and production development.

Here are some of Medier & demokrati's milestones:

  • 2014: The initiative is born. Current Swedish media research is surveyed.
  • 2015: Open workshops between the media sector and academics.
  • 2016-2017: Preliminary study period financed by Region Västra Götaland
  • 2017: Media & demokrati is established as a programme and Region Västra Götaland funds the platform.
  • 2018: The first research and innovation projects are implemented.
  • 2019: Medier & demokrati becomes a platform for a national AI initiative financed by Vinnova and the media companies Hall Media, Stampen and Sveriges Television.
  • 2020: Borås Magazine has been appointed as editorial office of the year and the Medier & demokrati projects Beta Borås 1 and Beta Borås 2 are regarded as two contributing initiatives.
  • 2020: Region Västra Götaland continues to fund the platform.
  • 2021: International Youth Think Tank is added to Medier & demokrati. 
    Media & democracy held the first Future of Democracy Summit together with AI Sweden and other collaboration partners.

Medier & demokrati is managed by Lindholmen Science Park and financed by Region Västra Götaland and Vinnova. The initiative is also supported by Sweden's commercial media within Tidningsutgivarna (TU), public services companies Sveriges Television and Sveriges Radio, media academies such as University of Gothenburg, Jönköping University, Karlstad University, Linné University, Mid Sweden University and Södertörn University. In addition, international participants Nordicom, the global organisation WAN-IFRA and in Norway by the development network NxtMedia and industry and publisher organisation Mediebedriftenes Landsforening (MBL). 

The managing group consists of:
Robert Olsson, chairman, CEO Utgivarna
Anna Careborg, CEO & editor in chief, Svenska Dagbladet
Bengt Johansson, professor at the University of Gothenburg
Anette Novak, CEO, Swedish Film Institute

Martin Svensson, co-director of AI Sweden
Johan Taubert, CEO TU Medier i Sverige
Martin Holmberg, programme manager of Medier & demokrati

For more information, please contact:
Martin Holmberg, Programme Manager, Medier & demokrati
Lindholmen Science Park
+46 (0)31-764 70 61
+46 (0)705-62 40 93