Putting the "Revolution" back in Internet Revolution: Programmers and Social Movements

Politics & Society
re:publica 2015

Short thesis: 

Around the globe, internet freedom is becoming more precarious at the very moment that social struggles are exploding. The revelations Edward Snowden brought into the public consciousness have not enabled privacy advocates to curtail invasive government and corporate surveillance. Meanwhile, we see intensifying waves of unrest from Ferguson to Frankfurt, as more and more people call for the complete transformation of the reigning order.

Description: 

Every successful social movement requires secure means of communication and the ability to get the message out without censorship. At the same time, online freedoms are inextricably interlinked with the other freedoms for which these movements are fighting: all of these must be secured together, or else they will be lost together. Where might privacy advocates and social movements meet? This participatory panel brings together programmers and grassroots organizers to discuss how to bridge the gap between the keyboard and the street, strategizing for truly transformative social change.

 

STG-T
Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 10:00 to 11:00
English
Workshop
Beginner