Having had the pleasure of attending previous events put on by futurist and media expert Ross Dawson, I’m feeling a tad envious of those who will be attending his Future of Media Summit 2008 tomorrow.

Once again, this will be happening simultaneously in Sydney, Australia and on the other side of the Pacific, in Silicon Valley, linked by video. That’s Tuesday, July 15 in Sydney and Monday, July 14 in Silicon Valley.

It is commonplace for promoters of conferences and other events to claim a “stellar” lineup of speakers, but looking through the list I for one would not quibble at the use of the term here, both in terms of the US speakers and the Sydney ones. Some formidable talent.

Future of Media 08 ReportDiscussions will include global media strategies, future of journalism, future of privacy, future of TV and video. The program promises, among other goodies, and as a world first, peer video discussions across continents.

As with previous Future of Media Summits, the occasion is being marked by a new Future of Media Report, once again featuring an array of graphs and diagrams, including a new framework, the Future of Media Lifecycle.

You can download the Future of Media 2008 report here. Participants at the FoM Summit get the fancy printed version as well, or – for those who don’t like downloading reports – instead.

Registration for the Summit is still open at this writing but I am informed will close later today.

I know at least two keen Twitter regulars who will be attending in Sydney, so I’m expecting live tweets from the floor.

And from the event blog I learn that for those in Sydney who are interested, whether Summit participants or not, there will be drinks at the Firehouse in North Sydney from 5.30 pm.

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