The Webby Awards, Aquent to Present The Webby Debates

Now that the midterm elections are over, prepare for The Webby Debates, a five-part online video series from The Webby Awards focusing on Internet-industry issues including paywalls, privacy, and the value of social media.

The initial installment of The Webby Debates will debut Nov. 10 from The Hospital Club in London as part of Internet Week Europe, and it will feature Milo Yiannopoulos from The Telegraph moderating a discussion on the pros and cons of paywalls, with The Guardian editor Janine Gibson and Financial Times managing editor Robert Shrimsley.

Debate No. 2, to be filmed at CNN’s studios in New York and featured on in late November, will focus on whether social media is overrated. CNN Money’s Laurie Segall will moderate, and it will feature Wine Library TV’s Gary Vaynerchuk and TechCrunch columnist Paul Carr.

The Webby Debates are being sponsored by global marketing and design staffing company Aquent.

The Webby Awards executive director David-Michel Davies said:

The Webby Awards is dedicated to advancing the Internet, and a candid, open exchange of ideas is essential to moving the medium forward. Viewers can look forward to lively, entertaining discussions that inspire, educate, engage, and provoke.

Aquent president Ann Webster added:

We are pleased to partner with The Webby Awards on this intriguing debate series. We’re confident that the series will spark lively discussion and shed light on the unique challenges facing the Internet. David Cohen is editor of Adweek's Social Pro Daily.