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Monday, March 10 • 12:30pm - 1:30pm
The Future of Direct Activism in the Digital Age

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Climbing a smokestack or chaining yourself to a tree is so 20th century (though still awesome!). What can civil disobedience and non-violent direct action look like online?
With examples from Aaron Swartz's freeing of information to a whistleblower like Edward Snowden to Anonymous-style hacking, we'll examine the following questions:
-- How does civil disobedience translate online?
-- What are current examples of civil disobedience and non-violent direct action happening online?
-- Molly Sauter (a panelist), has classified online civil disobedience into three categories: disruption, information distribution, and infrastructure. Are there tactics that exist outside of those categories?
-- How can we plan and organize civil disobedience online, given what we know about government and corporate monitoring of our communications?
-- How are our targets different for online direct action than offline direct action?

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Molly Sauter

Doctoral StudentMcGill UniversityMolly Sauter is a doctoral student in Communication Studies at McGill University in Montreal, as well as a research affiliate at the Center for Civic Media at MIT and the Berkman Center at Harvard University. She studies online activism, depictions... Read More →

Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman

Founder & Exec DirSumOfUsTaren Stinebrickner-Kauffman is the Founder and Executive Director of SumOfUs.org, a new global movement for corporate accountability. She has run online organizing programs on four continents and globally, including at Avaaz.org, GetUp.org.au, and the Alliance... Read More →

Monday March 10, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
Austin Convention Center, Room 9ABC

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