Social Movements and the Internet

Monday, November 7 at 4:30 pm

Joukowsky Forum  

Watson Institute for International Studies

111 Thayer Street



Building Collective Capabilities via Transnational Virtual Networks


From the descriptions of the Arab spring as “social media revolutions” to the role of  “Anonymous” in sparking Occupy Wall Street, technological tools are increasingly portrayed as central to social mobilization, nationally and globally.  But how useful are they in reality?  Five panelists will discuss their own experiences in trying to use the Internet to facilitate people’s ability to secure their rights and shape the political and economic decisions that affect their lives. They will reflect on the potential and limits of information and communications technology as a political resource and how we might use it to better advantage.



A panel discussion featuring:


Archon Fung, Participedia and the Kennedy School of Government

Thea Gelbspan, The Economic Social and Cultural Rights Network [ESCR-Net]

Dara O’Rourke, Good Guide and University of California at Berkeley

César Rodríguez-Garavito and Peter Evans, Democratizing Global Economic Governance Project


Moderated by Patrick Heller, Department of Sociology and Watson Institute for International Studies


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