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Week 10 lecture #digc202



>>>Week 10

Digital resistance: hacktivists, whistleblowers, #AfterSnowden

This week we explore the uses of global information networks by social activists, hackers, whistleblowers, political campaigners, and those wishing to build an independent online public sphere. We discuss the multiple histories which feed into political and .alt uses of new media technologies, and examine the tensions between political and commercial applications of new media technologies.

Seminar:
The seminar discussion is based on the material in the readings and lecture, and you are expected to contribute to the conversation. This seminar will be divided in two: the first part will be dedicated to student presentations and feedback; in the second part we evaluate the numerous alternative, oppositional, and counter-cultural uses of communication networks, and consider the cases of WikiLeaks and Edward Snowden.

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Readings:
Khatchadourian, R. (2010) 'No Secrets: Julian Assange's mission for total transparency' The New Yorker, June 7. [URL: http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2010/06/07/100607fa_fact_khatchadourian]

Benkler, Y. (2011) 'A free irresponsible press: Wikileaks and the battle over the soul of the networked fourth estate', p. 1-33 [URL: http://www.benkler.org/Benkler_Wikileaks_current.pdf]

Sterling, B. (2010). The Blast Shack, https://medium.com/@bruces/the-blast-shack-f745f5fbeb1c

Sterling, B. (2013). The Ecuadorian Library or, The Blast Shack After Three Years,
https://medium.com/@bruces/the-ecuadorian-library-a1ebd2b4a0e5

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Week 9 lecture #digc202

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>>>Week 9

The social network revolutions: #mena #arabspring #maidan

We discuss how social network platforms such as Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook have been used by activists and ordinary citizens in the 2010-2011 protests in the Middle East and North Africa, and the 2013-2014 protests in Ukraine. We will also look at the reactions of the authorities, and discuss the role of social networks in the relative successes and failures of these uprisings.

Seminar:
The seminar discussion is based on the material in the readings and lecture, and you are expected to contribute to the conversation. We discuss the role of social media platforms in amplifying, coordinating, and distributing networked protest movements; we discuss the emergent trajectories of protest movements based on the case studies from #arabspring and #euromaidan.

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Readings:
Popova, M. (2010) 'Malcolm Gladwell Is #Wrong' Design Observer, 10 June. http://designobserver.com/feature/malcolm-gladwell-is-wrong/19008/

Morozov, E. (2011) ' Facebook and Twitter are just places revolutionaries go' The Guardian, 7 March. http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/mar/07/facebook-twitter-revolutionaries-cyber-utopians

Bohdanova, T. (2013) ‘How Internet Tools Turned Ukraine's #Euromaidan Protests Into a Movement’, Global Voices, 9 December,
http://globalvoicesonline.org/2013/12/09/how-internet-tools-turned-euromaidan-protests-into-a-movement/

Your Annotated Bibliography is due at the end of Friday this week.

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Week 8 lecture #digc202 


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>>>Week 8

Bridges made of pebbles: social media and the transformation of journalism

We examine: how the phenomena of the long tail and data aggregation generate new forms of information gathering and dissemination; what phenomena such as citizen journalism mean for new media audiences, and the practices of traditional news media; we discuss notions of aggregation, filtering, participatory culture, credibility, and collective intelligence.

Seminar:
The seminar discussion is based on the material in the readings and lecture, and you are expected to contribute to the conversation. We will discuss the implications of the long tail, data aggregation, and citizen journalism for traditional news media outlets, and concentrate on issues of editing, filtering, access and political engagement.

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Readings:
Johnson, S. (2009). How Twitter Will Change The Way We Live. Time, http://individual.utoronto.ca/kreemy/proposal/04.pdf

Bruns, A. (2009) 'News Blogs and Citizen Journalism: New Directions for e-Journalism', http://produsage.org/files/News%20Blogs%20and%20Citizen%20Journalism.pdf

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