[Air-L] Invite to Tech and Resistance Roundtables Site

Ted Coopman ted.coopman at gmail.com
Mon Oct 10 16:23:52 PDT 2011


We have set up a website with participant position papers for the two
Resistance and Technology Roundtables on Wednesday October 12, 10:15 - 11:45
AM (Resistance and Technology Roundtable Part 1: Regulation, Structure, and
Resistance) and 1:00 - 2:30 PM (Resistance and Technology Roundtable Part 2:
Leveraging Technologies of Resistance).


This started as a single roundtable, but quickly expanded to two based on
interest. This has been a hot topic for those studying and/or participating
in social movements, collective action, hackivism, IT policy, and politics
among other areas. The discussion should be lively. We hope you can join us
for all or part of this intellectual double-header!

Recent successful and unsuccessful resistance actions such as the revolts in
Iran, Tunisian, and Egypt, hackivism by Anonymous on corporate and
organizational websites, as well as the ongoing Wikileaks release of State
Department documents, highlight the role of digital technology in resistance
to power. The limits and legitimacy of this activity is currently the
subject of much debate. Issues include the definition of journalism and
journalist, the limits and responsibilities of information and service
providers, the scope of legitimate action in digital environments and the
relevance of physical space analogies to such actions. Even the efficacy and
centrality of digital communication in protest actions or movements has been
hotly contested. While the use of technology in protests from the barricade
to radio to Twitter play a role in resistance, the question is to what
degree do these technologies enable or shape resistance and influence
outcomes in comparison to other social, political, and cultural factors?

Hope to see you there!

Ted M. Coopman Ph.D.
Department of Communication Studies
San Jose State University

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