Upcoming presentations: Building Effective Alliances around the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

Early next year I'll be discussing strategies for opposing the TPPA at Linux Conference Australia, in Perth: This presentation suggests a variety of strategies and tactics that the Linux community might adopt when acting on political issues, with the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) being of particular concern at the moment. The TPPA is a … Continue reading Upcoming presentations: Building Effective Alliances around the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

Linux Conference Australia: disaster response, activism, and copyright

I began the day with a couple of talks looking at FOSS projects for disaster support. Paul Gardner-Stephen started off talking about The Serval Project, which aims to provide secure communications for those in need. Mostly, "in need" means "affected by a disaster", which was defined broadly as a situation where a community's ability to … Continue reading Linux Conference Australia: disaster response, activism, and copyright

Upcoming talks: ‘Free and open source software and activism’ and ‘feminism, anarchism, and FOSS’

Next week I'll be heading over to Canberra for Linux Conference Australia, where I'll be giving a couple of talks. These will have a slightly less academic focus than many of my conference presentations: while they still draw significantly on my research, I'll be giving a freer rein to my activist interests. During the main … Continue reading Upcoming talks: ‘Free and open source software and activism’ and ‘feminism, anarchism, and FOSS’

IR13 Sunday highlights: mobile ecologies, Instagram, disruptive spaces, teaching on Facebook…and a bit more activism

The day began with 'Mobile ecologies: mobile phones and young people's online participation in public access venues in Cape Town' from Marion Walton and Jonathan Donner. Walton started by saying that mobile Internet in South Africa doesn't, for the most part, mean smart phones, the Web, or Twitter: it means "feature phones", and probably platforms … Continue reading IR13 Sunday highlights: mobile ecologies, Instagram, disruptive spaces, teaching on Facebook…and a bit more activism

IR13 Friday Session: Protest and Online Activism

There have been more talks here on activism than it's been physically possible for me to attend without splitting into two. Friday afternoon's session on protest and online activism began with a look at 'Protest and Internet humour memes in UK universities' from Gordon Fletcher, which was pleasantly LOL-heavy (even if I was missing the … Continue reading IR13 Friday Session: Protest and Online Activism

New article out: the emergence of the digital liberties movement

My new article is now out on First Monday. This work complements my previous conference paper, which looked at the need to see the Internet and other digital technologies as a contested space which activists must work to protect. The digital liberties movement is an emerging social movement that draws together activism around online censorship … Continue reading New article out: the emergence of the digital liberties movement