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SXSW Interactive 2014

The Future of Direct Activism in the Digital Age

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? From Aaron Swartz's freeing of information to a whistleblower like Edward Snowden to Anonymous-style hacking, we'll examine how different actors are showing the way forward, and explore where the activist community can go in this area.

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  1. How does civil disobedience translate online?
  2. What are current examples of civil disobedience and non-violent direct action happening online?
  3. 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?
  4. How can we plan and organize civil disobedience online, given what we know about government and corporate monitoring of our communications?
  5. Are there different targets for online direct action than offline direct action?



Benjamin Simon, Mobilisation Campaigner, Greenpeace

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  • Event: Interactive
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Non-Profit and Activism
  • Level: Intermediate
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