Digital Media Conference: Social Movements & Digital Revolutions

October 21, 2011 - 7:00am - October 22, 2011 - 5:30pm


Lesley University Cambridge, MA

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 --> Liberty Tree Fellows Sarah and Ben Manski are invited participants on the conference's "Mega Panel" on Saturday at 12:30pm.

"From Cairo's Tahrir Square to Madrid's Plaza del Sol to the Wisconsin's Capitol Building grassroots social movements seem to crystallize out of invisible digital & social networks. Each movement demonstrates a distinctive efficacy and finds a unique place in national and global histories. Each one defines a moment that is also publicly constructed through interplay of traditional, often state- or corporate-controlled broadcast media and our still novel, semi-permeable, social media. Against the twin powers of state and capital, these movements may not yet have prevailed, but they are undeniably changing relationships of power and therewith, oppositional strategy.

The Social Movements/Digital Revolutions Conference is being organized by Open Media Boston, Massachusetts Global Action, the Organizers' Collaborative and TecsChange in cooperation with a growing list of sponsors including the Boston Media Reform Network, Free Press, Lesley University, MIT Center for Civic Media, and MIT Comparative Media Studies. The event incorporates the 2nd Digital Media Conference and the 11th Grassroots Use of Technology Conference.

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."