SXSW Interactive 2016
Online Platforms and Minority Expression
In the digital public sphere, the policy and technological designs of online platforms play a significant role for users’ ability to speak freely and connect with others. Especially for minority groups like LGBT people, political activists and abuse victims, censorship and a move away from anonymous speech can represent a challenge not only to individual privacy, but also to their ability to participate in political change-making. Bringing together a panel of political activists and policy experts, the panel discusses how online platforms and their policy and technological designs account for the needs of vulnerable groups and foster or hinder community building and political change-making.
Share this idea
Additional Supporting Materials
- What role do the policy and technological designs of online platforms play in fostering and constraining minority expression and community building?
- What role can online users play in challenging these online platforms to foster minority expression and community building?
- What are potential changes to policy and technological designs that could help foster minority expression and community building online?
Andrea Hackl, Doctoral Candidate, American University