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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- 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?
- Are there different targets for online direct action than offline direct action?
Benjamin Simon, Mobilisation Campaigner, Greenpeace