Mobilising for Action /en/taxonomy/term/77/all en About "Mobilising for Action" /en/about-mobilising-action <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> <p><strong>Mobilising for Action</strong> is about challenging and being challenged by how information functions; it is about negotiating the nature of information in mobilising globally and locally.</p></div></div></div> Sat, 14 Apr 2012 16:09:13 +0000 faith 118 at https://informationactivism.org We're coming, we have parachutes! Caught between global compassion and local action /en/were-coming-we-have-parachutes-caught-between-global-compassion-and-local-action <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> <p><img src="/media/files/u13/Darfurnicalarge20110.jpg" alt="Darfunica by Nadia Plesner" title="Darfunica by Nadia Plesner" width="200" height="92" style="float: left;" />Last year, Danish artist and designer Nadia Plesner was <a href="http://eyeteeth.blogspot.in/2011/05/hague-rules-against-louis-vuitton-in.html" target="_blank">taken to court</a> by the luxury goods giant Louis Vuitton over her 2010 work '<a href="http://www.nadiaplesner.com/2010" target="_blank">Darfurnica</a>'. </p></div></div></div> Sat, 14 Apr 2012 14:17:09 +0000 faith 117 at https://informationactivism.org Playing the information game /en/playing-information-game <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> <div> </div><div><img src="/media/files/u7/_53336339_freeamina.gif" width="224" height="224" style="float: left;" />“<em>The world has become aware of its invisible citizen. </em></div><div><em>But no one knows you are here</em>”. H.G Wells</div><div></div></div></div></div> Sat, 14 Apr 2012 14:15:43 +0000 faith 116 at https://informationactivism.org Europe vs Facebook /en/europe-vs-facebook <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> <p><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/kJvAUqs3Ofg" frameborder="0" align="left" width="250" height="206"></iframe>What does Facebook actually know about me? Max Schrems, a 24 year old law student in Vienna, tried to find an answer to this question.</p><p>In 2011, Schrems used European data privacy laws to file a request for his personal data from Facebook. Facebook provided him with a CD that had 1,222 pages of data chronicling about 3 years of his use of the service. </p></div></div></div> Sat, 14 Apr 2012 14:14:52 +0000 faith 115 at https://informationactivism.org Get Your Life Back, Kill Yourself! The Web 2.0 Suicide Machine /en/get-your-life-back-kill-yourself-web-20-suicide-machine <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> <p><iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/8223187" frameborder="0" align="left" width="250" height="206"></iframe>In the last few years there have been rising levels of discomfort with online social media for different reasons: the extreme control by the companies that create them, the dubious ways they handle our personal data and their refusal to accommodate anonymity, and the ways in which they have changed the nature of networking both socially and professionally. People want to leave but feel trapped.</p></div></div></div> Sat, 14 Apr 2012 14:14:09 +0000 faith 114 at https://informationactivism.org Dislike This: social media alternatives /en/dislike-social-media-alternatives <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> <p><img src="/media/files/u13/diaspora%2Aalpha.jpg" width="250" style="float: left;" />Online social networking services have proved to be very effective tools for activists to organise, build up and maintain their audiences, and bring diverse attention to their campaigns. These websites and services were not, however, designed for this purpose and do not accommodate the needs of those who are involved in politically sensitive work. For example many forbid the use of false names - a danger for activists being surveilled.</p></div></div></div> Sat, 14 Apr 2012 14:12:56 +0000 faith 113 at https://informationactivism.org Everywhere and nowhere: the Anonymous kind of organising /en/everywhere-and-nowhere-anonymous-kind-organising <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /><img src="/media/files/u13/Anonymous-Mask-Nobodycorp-International-Unlimited-600x848.jpg" width="250" height="353" style="float: left;" />The Occupy Movement. Anonymous. The Tea Party. The Arab Uprisings.<br /><br />They couldn't be more different. What they have in common, however, is that they're all mass mobilisations of people joined by similar, related causes, operating in an apparently leaderless way and relying heavily on digital communications technologies to organise and mobilise themselves.<br /></p></div></div></div> Thu, 23 Feb 2012 11:16:31 +0000 niko 74 at https://informationactivism.org The day the LOLcats almost died: coordinating the blackout against SOPA and PIPA /en/day-lolcats-almost-died-coordinating-blackout-against-sopa-and-pipa <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> <p><img src="/media/files/u13/sopa1.jpg" width="250" height="188" style="float: left;" />It's been dubbed the biggest online protest in history. What was everyone so concerned about? The internet as we have come to know it: a space to create, remix and share information; a space where freedom and openness are integral to human rights.</p></div></div></div> Thu, 23 Feb 2012 11:11:59 +0000 niko 67 at https://informationactivism.org Women2Drive campaign /en/women2drive-campaign <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> <p><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/sowNSH_W2r0" frameborder="0" align="left" width="250" height="206"></iframe>Taking up the baton from Areej Khan's '<a href="/mobilising_for_action#we-women-saudi-arabia" target="_self">We the Women</a>' campaign against the fatwa on women driving in Saudi Arabia, the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Women2Drive" target="_blank">Women2Drive campaign</a> has used Youtube, Facebook, and Twitter to mobilise support and take a stronger stand against the ban. </p></div></div></div> Thu, 23 Feb 2012 11:11:24 +0000 niko 66 at https://informationactivism.org We the Women (Saudi Arabia) /en/we-women-saudi-arabia <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> <p><br /><img src="/media/files/u13/WetheWomenHK0414.jpg" width="250" height="157" style="float: left; margin-left: 3px; margin-right: 3px;" />Although there is no actual legislation against women driving in Saudi Arabia, a fatwa (moral law) against public "gender mixing" prohibits it. The fatwa is enforced by the country's morality police, the muttaween. Women (often carrying foreign driving licences) caught driving are taken to a police station, usually with their father or brother, to sign a pledge never to drive again.</p></div></div></div> Thu, 23 Feb 2012 11:10:38 +0000 niko 65 at https://informationactivism.org On not debating whether Twitter causes revolutions or not /en/not-debating-whether-twitter-causes-revolutions-or-not <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><img src="/media/files/u13/Twitter-Egypt-revolution.jpg" width="250" height="280" style="float: left;" />What makes people come together for a common cause and create large-scale social upheaval and change? One of the unexpected consequences of the political uprisings in Iran in 2009, and the Arab region in 2011, was a rather impossible-to-ignore debate about whether or not social media and digital technologies 'caused' revolutions in these regions.</p></div></div></div> Thu, 23 Feb 2012 11:08:38 +0000 niko 62 at https://informationactivism.org Resisting Harmony: Chinese activists challenge online censorship /en/resisting-harmony-chinese-activists-challenge-online-censorship <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> <div> </div><p><img src="/media/files/u13/sunglasses.jpg" alt="Participants in campaign against censorship in China" title="Dark Sunglasses Campaign" width="250" height="241" style="float: left;" />The 'Great Firewall of China' is a catch-all term for the laws, policies, technology protocols and methods used to regulate the internet in China. It has become shorthand for the culture of censorship and restrictions on access to information which currently exist in China. Much has been said and written about the Firewall.<br /></p></div></div></div> Thu, 23 Feb 2012 10:58:10 +0000 niko 56 at https://informationactivism.org Map Kibera, Kenya /en/map-kibera-kenya <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> <div> </div><div><img src="/media/files/u13/MapKibera.jpg" width="250" height="202" style="float: left;" />630 acre; that is the size of Kibera, a neighbourhood of Nairobi which is usually featured as a blank spot or a forest on official maps.</div></div></div></div> Thu, 23 Feb 2012 10:17:38 +0000 niko 35 at https://informationactivism.org