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"Digital Activism #Now" conference

King's Building Strand Campus
04/04/2014 (09:00-18:00)
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The Digital Activism #Now: Information Politics, Digital Culture and Global Protest Movements Conference will take place at King's College London on Friday 4 April 2014.

The conference will explore emerging digital protest practices at a time of increasing diffusion of social media and progressive massification and commercialisation of the web. By gathering leading international researchers and activists we will examine how digital activists are making use of the affordances of the social web. Moreover, we will debate the main issues of contention among contemporary digital activists, faced with increasing possibilities of mass outreach but also with new threats.

Among the issues covered in the conference will feature the role of social network sites in contemporary protests, hacktivism at the time of Anonymous and Lulzsec, activist use of digital culture, internet memes, and online pranks, as means of digital propaganda and the politics of transparency and secrecy in digital whistleblowing.

Digital Activism #Now: Information Politics, Digital Culture and Global Protest Movements Conference Programme

Registration and Coffee 9:00-9:45 River Room

Opening Plenary: The Historicity of Digital Activism 9:45-11:15. Safra Lecture Theatre
Guobin Yang (University of Pennsylvania)
Respondent: Timothy Hildebrandt (LSE)

Breakout Sessions I: 11:30-13:00

Panel 1: Hacking and Hacktivism. Room K1.28
Chair: Tim Jordan (King’s College London)
Fidele Vlavo (King’s College London)
Mustafa al-Bassam (King’s College London, former Lulzsec)
Sebastian Kubitscho (Bremen University)
Sam Carlisle (Sukey)

Panel 2: Digital Propaganda. River Room
Chair: Joss Hands (Anglia Ruskin)
- Kirsten Forkert (University of Birmingham)
- Eugenia Siapera (Dublin City University)
- Lee Salter (Sussex University)

Lunch 13:00 – 14:00

Breakout Sessions II: 14:30 – 16:00

Panel 3: Social Networks and Digital Organising. Room K1.28
Chair: Miriyam Arouagh (Westminster)
Paolo Gerbaudo (King’s College London)
Stephen Reid (UK Uncut co-founder)
Marta (Catorce Collective, Spain)

Panel 4: Digital Transparency and Secrecy. River Room
Chair: Clare Birchall (King’s College London)
David Berry (Sussex University)
Smari McCarthy (ThoughtWorks)
Zach Blas (Duke University, and Eyebeam)

Closing Plenary: Weapons of the Geeks 16:30 – 18:00. Safra Lecture Theatre
Gabriella Coleman (McGill University)
Respondent: Tim Jordan (King’s College London)

Twitter: @KingsDCS #DigitalActivismNow #DANow


The Digital Activism #Now conference is organised by Paolo Gerbaudo and Tim Jordan, Researchers in Digital Culture and Society at King's College London. 

It is supported by the School of Arts and Humanities, the Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries, the Department of Digital Humanities, the China Lau Institute and the North American Institute, at King’s College London.

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