[act-ma] 3/31 Digital Media and Popular Uprisings, 6 p.m.
jpramas at igc.org
Fri Mar 4 12:22:34 PST 2011
Digital Media and Popular Uprisings
March 31, 2011
University Hall Amphitheater
1815 Mass. Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02140
Google Map: http://bit.ly/edM4fz
The importance of digital media in building the recent wave of popular
uprisings in the Middle East has been widely heralded in the global
press. But how are social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook, and
digital communication devices like texters, cell phones and PDAs really
being used on the ground to help organize millions of people towards a
common goal - democracy. And is it true that these movements for
democracy in Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain and beyond are completely
spontaneous and being organized on the fly with the help of modern
technology? Or is there more to the story?
Lesley University and Open Media Boston have invited three experts on
digital media and grassroots organizing to speak to these and related
issues. Each brings a unique perspective to the discussion.
Ethan Zuckerman is co-founder of the citizen media network Global Voices
and senior researcher at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society.
Jillian York is a writer and freedom of expression activist who studies
Internet controls and online activism, with a focus on the Arab world.
She is a project coordinator at the Berkman Center for Internet and
Suren Moodliar is a coordinator of Massachusetts Global Action and an
organizer of the Majority Agenda Project. He is deeply interested in
networks and social change.
The panel will be chaired by Jason Pramas, Editor/Publisher of Open
Media Boston, www.openmediaboston.org, and introduced by a
representative of Lesley University.
Doors will open at 5:45 p.m. There will be light refreshments served in
the Atrium just outside the Amphitheater. The event is free and open to
For more information, or press inquiries, please email
info at openmediaboston.org.
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