With almost nightly leaks of new corruption files making his administration look worse than ever, Turkish Prime MinisterRecep Tayyip Erdoğan’s vowed to wage war on social media. The battle took a new turn today — as Turkey blocked Twitter on all its major ISPs. But a panel on the #OccupyGezi movement at SXSW revealed that Turkey is a population simultaneously in love with social media’s liberating potential while also uniquely well educated in how to circumvent digital road blocks.
|By: Kit OConnell Thursday March 20, 2014 7:00 pm|
|By: Kit OConnell Tuesday February 25, 2014 12:15 pm|
One important tool which defines modern activism is the use of social media for organizing and building solidarity. While social media does little unless paired with “meatspace” direct action, it can be a powerful tool for motivating people, reporting on live events, and building intersectionality. When arrests first occurred at Occupy Austin, we heard from activists in Egypt who had staged an impromptu protest at the US Embassy.
|By: Brian Sonenstein Monday February 10, 2014 11:55 am|
We have some exciting news to share with you all today: you can now log in and/or register for a MyFDL account using your Facebook and Google+ profile!
|By: Kit OConnell Friday February 7, 2014 6:55 pm|
Yesterday, the almost 200,000 followers of @OccupyWallSt — viewed by many as the original and even “official” voice of the movement — were in for a surprise.
|By: Sara Haile-Mariam Tuesday December 24, 2013 6:17 pm|
Welcome to the future where your Holiday mischief and mishaps run the risk of trending on Twitter, bringing joy to the masses and/or ruin to your life.
Be warned, kids– this year and every year moving forward, Santa’s not the only one making lists.
In fact he’s joined by BuzzFeed all the time.
|By: Robert W Fuller Saturday December 21, 2013 1:59 pm|
From the Arab Spring to Afghanistan, the media takes center stage in Citizens Rising: Independent Media and the Spread of Democracy, a new book reflecting decades of experience at the front lines of social change, from the perspective of independent journalists and activists working to revolutionize information. This is the first book to recount the story of the media activists who helped transform contemporary history with consequences that will continue to reverberate into our future.
|By: DSWright Wednesday November 27, 2013 6:56 am|
Now we get to the second phase of understanding the Surveillance State – once you have vacuumed up all this private information from everyone, what do you do with it? Answer: blackmail, extort, and destroy. Information is power, the power to punish your perceived enemies and reward your friends and the NSA’s mastery of the internet gives them access to a lot of information.
|By: Sara Haile-Mariam Friday November 8, 2013 5:00 pm|
Appearing via Skype and citing that he was there in support of “the most courageous woman working in western music,” Julian Asange delivered a ten minute speech on topics ranging from privacy to freedom of the press, shouting out the reporters who were in exile as a result of their press coverage.
|By: Sara Haile-Mariam Saturday September 28, 2013 8:15 am|
Madonna has teamed up with photographer Steven Klein to release artforfreedom.com — a project that witnessed its wide release Wednesday night in a 17 minute video available for free download through Bit Torrent.
The project has been in the works for quite some time- initially hinted at by Madonna in a Reddit AMA before it was it further teased in three separate online videos.
This film is really beautiful – and honestly I was moved at points – but there’s a lot to unpackage. While there may be a temptation to dismiss it outright as a disingenuous marketing ploy – I think doing so ends the conversation prematurely.