Exposing State Crime Through Citizen Media and Digitized Resistance
Monday, 22 February 2016 from 10:30 to 16:30 (GMT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Citizen Journalism Workshop Series for Graduate Students and Researchers:
International State Crime Initiative, Queen Mary University of London and
Social Media Knowledge Exchange, University of Cambridge
Exposing State Crime Through Citizen Media and Digitized Resistance:
Case Studies from Egypt and Burma
Armed with mobile phones and digital cameras, civil society activists are engaging in innovative forms of citizen journalism to challenge entrenched state power structures. The production, publication and circulation of user-generated content documenting human rights abuses is not only creating ‘discourses of resistance’ but also exposing state crime. This workshop will examine methods of digitized resistance in two of the most repressive regimes: Egypt and Burma. Moreover, it will examine how civic engagement is sharpening public accountability as well as the democratization of knowledge through a blend of citizen journalism and digital activism. As Meier asserts, “the future of political activism in repressive environments belongs to those who mix and master both digital activism and civil resistance – digital resistance”(Meier, 2008).
Practical workshop component: Through the sourcing of online information and hands-on engagement with data relating to Egypt and Burma, workshop participants will be able to better understand “crowd-powered” evidence gathering practices as well as some of the challenges confronting citizen journalists. More importantly, the production of digital content by workshop participants in the form of ‘social media outputs’ can lead to interesting insights into how citizen journalists use data-driven information as a technological weapon of resistance.
• Dr Anne Alexander (Cambridge)
• Saeb Kasm (International State Crime Initiative, QMUL)
• Dr Thomas MacManus (International State Crime Initiative, QMUL)
• Kyaw Win (Director, Burma Human Rights Network)
Monday 22 February 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Mile End Campus – Law Building, Room G5
A light lunch will be served. We kindly request all attendees to register their interest for catering purposes.
We look forward to welcoming you!