Press Note

About ICAN4

This is the fourth edition of ICAN. The first edition India and Changing Aspects of News – ICAN was organised on March 9, 10 and 11, 2018, and the second edition Indian Cinema and Alternate Networks – ICAN was held on November 16, 17 and 18, 2018. The third edition was held from 21st to 30th June 2020 on the theme Issues of Community and Agenda News. ICAN3 became the World’s first 10-day digital live International Conference.

ICAN4 – the fourth edition of the largest and the biggest media conference of the globe, world’s first 10-day digital live international conference is being organised by DME Media School, a constituent of Delhi Metropolitan Education (DME), Noida from July 1, 2021 to July 10, 2021.

ICAN4 is the outcome of collaboration between DME and Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia.  Media scholars and professionals from all parts of the world have geared up to discuss, deliberate and analyse various issues, concepts and opinions on the theme Information, Communication and Artificial Networks.

The highlight of the conference:

  • Participation of about 60 eminent scholars from five continents and 11 countries, namely India, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Bangladesh, USA, Mexico, France, Italy, Australia and Ghana.
  • More than 100 media educators and researchers have gathered to present their papers in the conference.
  • 36 live sessions including 9 technical sessions, 3 Workshops, 7 Panel Discussions, 3 special sessions and 10 Master Classes.
  • All 9 technical sessions are being chaired and co-chaired by women scholars representing different states of the country.

Participation from India and Abroad

The conference delegates and experts are expected from different parts of the world across all continents. The earlier two ICAN conferences have also witnessed encouraging international participation. Participation from all the states of the country is welcome.

Besides inaugural and valedictory functions, cultural programme comprising music and dance will be organised in evenings on the days of the conference.

ICAN4 Concept Note

The hallmark of 21st century is the information communication revolution that has become the lifeline of human existence on this planet. The information communication starting in the beginning of the century has grown manifold and has led to explosion of data, hence the evolution of concept of Big Data. This explosion has led to more building of data led narratives which will be free of human biases and hence objective in nature.

Artificial intelligence and machine learning

Human communication has now been taken over by machine in the form of artificial communication. Media industry is today standing on the brink of evolution and transformation as digital media has become the central theme, across all sectors. Now, with artificial intelligence and networking, the machine is able to think and behave in the manner a human does. Driving its own revolution from information analysis to dissemination, machines have made accessibility of information easier.

Content creation and consumer experience

The information, communication and artificial networking put together are constantly evolving and everyday technology is challenging the limits of human communication. It has transformed the media and entertainment business and has revolutionised content creation. The use of artificial intelligence in media and entertainment has also given a new meaning to consumer experience. The OTT platforms have widened the horizon of entertainment viewership.

Development, sustainability and technology

In social development, the use of artificial networking has proven to be a catalyst of achieving the sustainable goals. Education, health and medicine and scientific developments are some of the areas where artificial intelligence and networking is proving to be a boon. Use of Artificial Intelligence for distribution of development oriented information has helped various governments and public sectors fight the ongoing issue emancipation of information and deficiency of information.

Changing perspective of information and Communication

Information and communication cannot be studied in isolation. One has to be informed to communicate. In fact, both information and communication is the mainstay of development. Hence, information and Communication play an important role in sensitizing and creating awareness among people.

The conference on Information, Communication and Artificial Networks will discuss, deliberate and analyse the synergy between information and communication, their roles, functions and impact of information and communication on the socio-political and economic development of the society at large.

The conference will also try to understand how Artificial Networks are changing the landscape. The researchers need to study and investigate various concepts related to information revolution from the perspective of mass communication, social media, digital media, fake news and the use of augmented reality in communication and society at large.

Objectives of the Conference

  • To inform, educate and sensitize the people on various issues of community, development and theoretical underpinnings
  • To understand the role of news in opinion making and social change, and the power and responsibility of mass media
  • To analyse the agenda setting role of news media, and to discuss the influence of media content on iGeneration
  • To study the role of streaming media and online content, and the functions of various digital media platforms
  • Finally, the conference will aim at creating a platform for exploring innovative solutions to various issues by providing recommendations for policy makers.

Sub Themes of ICAN4

  1. Media and Women Emancipation
  2. Media Education and Literacy
  3. Media and Development
  4. Role of Information and Communication in bringing marginalized to the mainstream
  5. Cinema and Social Transformation
  6. Awareness purpose of media during Contemporary Times
  7. lnfodemic about the Pandemic
  8. Fake News and Propaganda
  9. Emergence on cartoons to Critique and Comment
  10. The RTI and the Journalists
  11. Censorship on Content and Freedom of Speech
  12. Psycho-Social implications of Content on OTT
  13. Trends in the Music Industry: Bringing back the Old
  14. Media and Protests for Social Justice
  15. Media and Communication
  16. Media Community and Pandemic
  17. Health Information and Communication
  18. Political Development and Role of Information and Communication
  19. Animation and News
  20. Agenda Setting Role of Media
  21. Technological Innovation in Media
  22. Paid News, Fake News and Impact of PR on News Coverage
  23. Role of Media During Pandemic
  24. Communication for Women Empowerment
  25. Communication through Cinema
  26. News Sensationalisation and Media
  27. The “Glocal” Social Media
  28. Transmedia Storytelling
  29. Communication through Artificial Intelligence
  30. Community Transformation through Artificial Intelligence
  31. Growth of Artificial Networks
  32. Artificial Intelligence and Community Development
  33. Artificial Intelligence and Newsrooms
  34. Artificial Intelligence and Newsreading
  35. Challenges of Artificial Intelligence and Media
  36. Defence Coverage and Artificial Media Networks
  37. Artificial Intelligence and Animation
  38. Artificial Intelligence and Fake News
  39. Artificial Network and Social Media
  40. Ethics involved in the use of Artificial Network
  41. Data Privacy and Cyber Laws in the age of Artificial Networks
  42. Effects of Artificial Intelligence on Advertising

This is not an exhaustive list of sub themes. The scholars/researchers may choose sub themes relevant to the main theme/objectives of the conference

Important Dates

Deadlines for Submission

Opening Notification of ICAN4

December 21, 2020

Deadline for Submission of Abstracts

April 30, 2021

Notification of Abstract

May 10, 2021

Deadline for Registration

May 15, 2021

Deadline for Submission of Full Paper

May 17, 2021

Deadline for publication of Conference Proceedings with Abstracts

May 30, 2021

Deadline for publication of Books with Conference

June 10, 2021

Conference Dates

July 1 – July 10, 2021

DME Media School

DME Media School, one of the top media schools in the country, focuses on the growth of the faculty and the students through academic and co-curricular activities. Some of the activities undertaken during the last years:

  • Cineaste International Film Festival: This is an annual international film festival which is organised in collaboration with Deakin University, Melbourne. The first one was held on April 17-20, 2019. It comprised 81 screenings, 4 curate sessions, 3 workshops and 2 master classes. Filmmakers and film experts from 12 countries participated in this festival. Many government and non-governmental organisation joined hands in this venture. The second edition of CIFFI became the World’s First 7-Day Hybrid International Film Festival by educational institutes – DME Noida and Deakin University Melbourne – with 110 films- 80 hours of screen time in 10 languages. It witnessed participation of more than 70 experts in 9 panel discussions, 4 curated sessions, 2 master classes, 2 workshops and 1 special session.
  • International Media Conference ICAN: This conference was organised twice in the year 2018. ICAN was organised on March 9, 10 and 11 on the theme of India and Changing Aspects of News. ICAN2 was held on November 16, 17 and 18 on the theme of Indian Cinema and Alternate Networks. ICAN3 was held on June 21 – 30, 2020 on the theme Issues of Community, Agenda and News. ICAN3 became the World’s first 10-day Digital Live International Conference. The three conferences witnessed large participation of delegates and experts from various parts of the world.
  • B G Verghese Lecture Series: A special lecture is organised every month with eminent media personalities and experts delivering special lectures on issues related to media and other subjects of contemporary value. The list of the celebrated scholars who have spoken in this series includes Mr. N K Singh, Mr. PrashantTandon, Mr. Prabhat Shunglu, Prof. K G Suresh, Prof. Ujjwal Chowdhury, Mr. Paranjoy Guha Thakurta, Mr. Rajesh Badal, Mr. Harvir Singh, Mr. Subhomoy Bhattacharjee, Mr. Aman Hingorani, Ms. Archana Datta and Dr P N Vasanti.
  • One-week Media Faculty Development Programme (MFDP) was organised on Developing Scientific Approach in Media Teaching on July 9 – 14, 2018 with Prof. J S Yadav, former Director of IIMC, Prof. Jaishri Jethwaney, former Course Director, Advertising and Public Relations, IIMC, Mr. Qamar Waheed Naqvi, former News Director of AajTak, Dr. Pallavi Majumdar, Joint Acting Head, Amity School of Communication, Amity University, Naida and Dr. Kiron Bansal, former Director, School of Journalism and New Media Studies, IGNOU, New Delhi, as resource persons.
  • One-week Faculty Development Programme (FDP) was organised on Qualitative and Quantitative Research on June 7 – 13, 2019 with Prof. K G Suresh, former DG of IIMC, Dr. Anubhuti Yadav, Professor, IIMC, Dr. Sunentra Sen Narayan, Professor, IIMC and Dr. Jatin Srivastava, Professor, Ohio University, United States, as resource persons.

Delhi Metropolitan Education

Delhi Metropolitan Education (DME) is an ‘A’ grade premier educational institute affiliated to Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, New Delhi and approved by Bar Council of India. The Institute offers BBA, BALLB & BBALLB (with BCI approval) and BA (JMC) programmes. It believes in imparting world class education to its students while training them to develop and enhance their skills. This education and training enables them in taking up challenges of the industry and creating a space for themselves with their competence and vigour. The institute is located in Sector-62, NOIDA, adjacent to NH-24 at 5-7 min driving distance from Delhi border and in proximity of NO IDA, NO IDA Extension, Vaishali, Indirapuram, Mayur Vihar, Laxrni Nagar, Kaushambi and Crossing Republic, Ghaziabad. The elegant campus has a regal British styled building with many modern facilities including the impressive Nelson Mandela Auditorium, Rabindranath Tagore Library, exquisite audio and video studios, a moot court, a legal aid centre, computer labs, conference rooms and cafeteria. It is promoted by the founders of Mayoor School, Noida (in collaboration with GC MAYO College, Ajmer) and Delhi World Public School, Naida Extension. Delhi Technical Campus is the technical education arm of the institute, running AICTE and COA approved technical education programs viz., B.Tech., B. Arch. and MBA.


Virtual Conference
Delhi Metropolitan Education, B-12, Sector-62, Noida