Sessions at SXSW Interactive 2012 of type Panel about Power and activistism

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Sunday 11th March 2012

  • Internet Power: After Cyber-Optimism and Pessimism

    by Patrick Meier, Mary Joyce, Richard Boly and Chris Bronk

    A year ago one could have had an honest argument about whether the Internet was increasing the power of the oppressor or the oppressed. Events in Tunis, Cairo, Daraa, Tehran, Moscow, and Beijing have shown that it can benefit both and that the effect of digital technology on power will be complex and contradictory. What are we to make of freelance hacker orgs, transparency activists and covert cyber war? In the annals of citizen empowerment and institutional vulnerability, democracy and anarchy share an interesting paired history, we intend to ask how the global system may handle this latest disequilibrium.

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

    In Salon E, AT&T Conference Center

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