re:thinking tomorrow

by Prasad Krishna last modified Jun 19, 2015 02:12 PM
The lightning spread of communication technologies has enabled the dissemination of information and ideas that mainstream media have been unwilling or unable to publish.

While the Internet empowers individuals to engage in advocating, mobilising and reacting on behalf of the disempowered, it also raises significant issues of privacy and hate speech when used by the wrong people for the wrong reasons.

Are we at a stage where we can argue that online activism challenges the balance of power between governments and citizens, giving rise to a new form of deliberative and participatory democracy? Or is the transformative power of virtual civil disobedience blown out of proportion? To what extent is the Internet a level playing field where gender, ethnicity or class do not matter? What kinds of legal and political instruments are available to governments and corporations in their efforts to control the Internet? This panel discussion will bring together four female jury members of The BOBS Award 2015 who will seek answers to these and other questions regarding Internet activism, citizen journalism and grassroots mobilisation.

Rohini Lakshané was a panelist at this event organized by Hertie School of Governance at Berlin on May 4, 2015. For more see the event brochure.

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