The digital era has taken media in Latin America by surprise. While some media groups jumped in right away, others are still trying to decide how to (or if they should) join the digital and Social Media sphere. At the same time, new social media are approaching the Web audience by delivering relevant, timely and sometimes ad-free content. For example, YouTube recently broadcast the entire Copa America (a very popular regional soccer tournament) using a dedicated channel on its website, thus challenging the TV monopolies in several countries of the region.
This session will focus on presenting the various approaches to Web 2.0 in media across Latin America. Attendees will gain a better perspective on demographic, political and cultural differences within the region, and the correlation with the main media groups accross the various countries. The session will include success stories to provide a more thorough picture.
In this panel we will hear from the actors who developed, designed, implemented or applied projects that use social media and digital technologies to attempt social change. It is fundamental to evaluate the projects from the point of view of the strategic choices their creators made in order to generate analytic common basis and accumulate knowledge. It is also important to hear from the actors themselves on what has worked in their particular contexts and what has not. Latin America is still a space where technological innovation is put to the test by implementation, budget restraints, and connectivity limitations. The adaptation of technologies, the language constraints and the cultural challenges will be discussed in respect to the ways in which social change is motivated by technology. This panel will amass experience from Mexico, Panamá, and Chile.
by Molly Sauter
Hollywood and the international news media delight in presenting us with depictions of hackers and hacktivists as subterranean Ohmian "Super Users," capable of hacking *all* the ISPs with a few keystrokes in between shots of Red Bull. How do these depictions, both in fiction and news coverage of hacktivist actions, affect the development and implementation of Internet policy and regulations? In this talk, I'll be examining how media coverage and depictions of hackers and hacktivists has changed as the hacktivist movement has developed since the 1980s. I'll be describing how such coverage, from "Sneakers" to photo galleries of Fawkes-masked Anonymous protests, influences policy on subjects from intellectual property and communications regulations to information security and cyberwar. I'll be questioning what these trends of laws, regulations, and apparent media biases mean for the future of hacktivism and digital activism.
9th–13th March 2012