Hacking Attention: Media, Technology and Crisis
Superstorms, bombings and protests around the globe are challenging the way people use technology to respond to crisis and conflict. Journalists, hackers and local people are collaborating to better cover, communicate and support their communities. Using new technology, people all over the planet can participate in providing aid in various forms.
Come play with new tools and apps being designed to document and fight human rights abuses and help rebuild after natural disasters. Learn how ad-hoc networks of digital first responders are keeping people informed and connected through chaotic and frightening moments of crisis. These new networks are challenging old institutions, but do they lack the longevity to sustain longterm change?
With examples from around the globe, we’ll examine how media coverage and Internet activism shapes our responses to natural disasters and ongoing conflicts.
Additional Supporting Materials
- Josh Stearns, Journalism Campaign Director, Free Press
- Madeleine Bair, Human Rights Channel Curator, Witness
- Wafa Ben Hassine, Student, Writer and Human Rights Advocate, University of Denver
- Matt Stempeck, Research Assistant, Center for Civic Media at the MIT Media Lab
Joshua Stearns, Journalism Campaign Director, Free Press
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