ITEGA launches a free, participatory webinar series on identity, advertising and journalism future – the next is on Jan. 21.

What’s next for sustaining democracy and trustworthy information commerce on the web? Three free, public webinars will chart the current landscape, explain the importance of “identity” and showcase solutions being worked on.

“Identity, Advertising and the Future of Journalism” is a participatory webinar series – on Jan. 7, 21 and Feb. 4 — curated by the Information Trust Exchange Governing Association (ITEGA.ORG) with support from the Craig Newmark Philanthropies and logistical help from the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism institute. Anyone may participate by registering in advance.

Watch the Jan. 7 webinar here

“Advertising remains critical to the future of journalism, but far from the only answer,” says Bill Densmore, president and founder of ITEGA. “Redoing the way the web and advertising handle identity is table stakes to better support for consumer privacy.”

Densmore said the Jan. 7 session will benchmark the current identity “Lumascape” and start to gather participant ideas for how to make it more responsive to privacy — and trustworthy information commerce..  A second session Jan. 21 will zero in on the importance of privacy and identity in restoring trustworthy news and information.  The Feb. 4 session will showcase emerging solutions.

“The next shoes to drop in the digital privacy and online advertising world will be, and already are, shaping, the future of journalism,” said Randy Picht, executive director of the RJI, at the Missouri School of Journalism. “And getting an understanding of the players and the behind-the-scenes issues that are driving these conversations is critical.”