Sessions at SXSW Interactive 2011 about Censorship and Social Media in Hilton Garden Inn Austin Downtown

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Saturday 12th March 2011

  • The Impact of Social Media Tools in Mexico

    by Amy Schmitz Weiss, Gabriela Warkentin, Judith Torrea, David Sasaki and Javier Garza

    This panel provides a unique perspective to the development and impact of social media tools in Mexico today. This panel features journalists from Mexico who will discuss how they use social media tools in their news organizations on a daily basis. In addition, they will discuss how Mexican citizens are using Twitter as a way to respond the lack of information in the newspapers that are under threat of drug traffickers. As news organizations have been forced to practice self-censorship after so many assassinations and kidnappings of journalists, citizens and even journalists have been using social media as the last resort to spread the news. In addition, Twitter has been used by the local Mexican government to inform the citizenry about dangerous areas because of drug trafficking. The journalists in this panel will discuss their own experience and use of social media, but also how society is using it.

    LEVEL: Beginner

    At 11:00am to 12:00pm, Saturday 12th March

    In Sabine, Hilton Garden Inn Austin Downtown