[act-ma] Oct 21-23, 2011: Social Movements/Digital Revolutions - Conference for Organizers & Activists

Suren Moodliar suren at fairjobs.org
Fri Sep 30 11:49:44 PDT 2011


SM/DR is being called to look at new developments in technology, social
media, journalism and the creative world* from the perspective of grassroots
movements for social justice. *We’re also interested to discuss and debate
some of the key issues facing creators and progressive organizers today.

The conference will kick off on Friday Oct. 21st at MIT Room 10-250 with a
Town Hall Meeting on Media and Democracy. The event will feature an expert
panel - including New York Times' Brian Stelter and Free Press' Craig Aaron
- that will reflect on the future of journalism, media and democracy through
the lens of the new documentary Page One.

With the Internet surpassing print as our main news source and newspapers
all over the country going bankrupt, Page One chronicles the transformation
of the media industry at its time of greatest turmoil. A number of clips
from the film will be shown, each will be discussed by the panel in turn,
then the floor will be turned over to the audience to help determine what
this development means for our democracy - and for grassroots social
movements working to revive it.

The conference proper will begin on Saturday Oct. 22nd at Lesley
University's Doble Campus, and will feature panels focusing on our Social
Movements/Digital Revolutions theme. The rest of the weekend will be filled
out with a number of workshops on related topics and practical tutorials on
social media and digital media.

>From activists looking for an introduction to our crucial technologies to
experience electronic campaigners, the conference will have many
opportunities to learn and grow. It will also feature plenaries involving
activists from Madison, WI, from England's student movement and Egypt's
democracy movement; among our workshops will be sessions on Wikileaks and
its local implementations, the use of Facebook to challenge deportations,
hands-on privacy exercises, and the like.

Join on on October 21, 22 and 23!

Conference website: http://digitalmediaconference.org
Download conference flyers here: http://bit.ly/oLQdOu
Visit the site for materials, to register, get directions and to
participate!

Twitter: @2011DMC
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