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SXSW Interactive 2015

Youth Activism in a Post-Snowden World

What form does millennial activism take and is it different from what came before? For people in their 20s and 30s, nebulous transnational threats such as cyber-sabotage, asymmetric warfare, terrorism, weapons trafficking and climate change have suffused their lives in unique and unexplored ways.

Marco Werman, host of PRI's The World, will sit down with Zeynep Tufekci, an influential blogger and frequent voice on the show, for an in-depth conversation about the role of today's youth in a new era of activism. The dual panel will be a public continuation of many of the topics Tufekci and Werman have tackled on The World, including privacy in the US military, social media censorship, youth protests around the world, and hashtag activism. The event will be broadcast as a live special on PRI's The World, a program reaching 2.7 million people a week, and provide a springboard for additional conversations and coverage. Tweet #PostSnowden with your questions leading up to the conversation.

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  1. How do millennials in the US create change? How is it different around the world?
  2. What do millennials bring to the table that upends traditional foreign affairs?
  3. What are your biggest takeaways from the youth protests and movements you've seen during and after the Arab Spring? What's the future of youth activism?
  4. What's the role of technology in social and political change, and how can millennials use it?
  5. How has social media changed the game of protest movements?



Tory Starr, Social Media Producer, PRI's The World

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  • Tags: activism, millennials
  • Event: Interactive
  • Format: Dual
  • Track: Privacy and Security
  • Track 2
  • Level: Advanced
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