AoIR 2016: fakes

Images of protest in contested social media: Production, propagation, and narratives Luca Rossi, Christina Neumayer, Julie Vulpius.  IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark. This paper discussed the social media campaign around the Blockupy protests in Frankfurt, which was marked by the co-presence of #blockupy, #destroika, and #notroika hashtags. Researchers differentiated between images of explicit violence (for … Continue reading AoIR 2016: fakes

The work of solidarity and healing

Lately, I've been thinking a lot about the ways in which we are hurt by the world, and about the ways in which we might heal from those hurts. We are hurt by the effects of racism, inequality, political disenfranchisement, sexism, rigid gender and sexual identities, the displacements of migration, ableism, and structures which often … Continue reading The work of solidarity and healing

AoIR16: Day 1, part 1. Stitching Poetics and #BlackLivesMatter.

micha cárdenas' plenary, Trans of colour poetics: imagining futures of survival, began with the room collaboratively playing redshift & portal. It's a beautiful, heartbreaking game, and I was a little surprised by how affecting the collective experience was ("What do you mean leave? NO! STAY AND HELP!"). cárdenas used this as a way of exploring … Continue reading AoIR16: Day 1, part 1. Stitching Poetics and #BlackLivesMatter.

Social Media & Society 2014 wrap up, part 2: cultural acceptance and activism

For part one of my SMSociety wrap up, look here! The first day of SMSociety 2014 continued with a panel on cultural acceptance. Irfan Chaudhry opened by discussing the Twitter Racism Project, which explores different ways of tracking and analysing expressions of racism online. Twitter, he notes, is interesting because it's highly-visible and easily tracked, … Continue reading Social Media & Society 2014 wrap up, part 2: cultural acceptance and activism

Opening activism/Συζήτηση και Εργαστήρι Ανοιχτού Ακτιβισμού

This Thursday I'll be running a workshop around more inclusive strategies for activism at Dasein Coffee Art & Spirits (Σολωμού 12, Εξάρχεια/Solonou 12, Exarcheia). Feel free to come along! (The Facebook event page is here.) Στο εργαστήρι αυτό θα ερευνήσουμε διαφορετικούς τρόπους με τους οποίους μπορούμε να διοργανώνουμε ακτιβιστικά δρώμενα, ανοιχτά, προσβάσιμα, χωρίς αποκλεισμούς. Υπάρχει … Continue reading Opening activism/Συζήτηση και Εργαστήρι Ανοιχτού Ακτιβισμού

Building Effective Alliances around the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

My talk on building activism around the TPP at LinuxConf 2013 is now online - thanks to the AV team for all of their hard work, and for catching me to re-record the talk when they discovered the first recording had gone awry. You can listen to the full talk here [mp4 on the linux … Continue reading Building Effective Alliances around the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

Lessons for Social Change in the Global Economy

Over the last couple of years, I've been working with Shae Garwood and Christalla Yakinthou of the Bluestocking Institute to put together Lessons for Social Change in the Global Economy, an edited collection grounded in the experiences of people working to create change in global production, consumption, and disposal systems. The book is now available … Continue reading Lessons for Social Change in the Global Economy