Silencing of Dissent & Proactive Tactics in ICT4D

Janet Gunter leads a discussion about the closing of spaces for expression and assembly and ways civil society can creatively and proactively strengthen itself using ICTs. 

We are witnessing the shrinking of civil society space and civil liberties in countries from the UK, Brazil to Cambodia and Angola. While we simultaneously hear of the potential of "open government" and "open data" we are experiencing a closing down of democratic space.

Assembly and free expression are being targeted by states through a number of means, both by online surveillance and physical infiltration, limitation by legal and financial means... So what does this mean particularly for projects focusing on citizen engagement and rights?

Instead of focusing on the negative, we'll approach the topic through three cases of civil society groups looking at the big picture, and being proactive. These individuals/groups are leading the way, demonstrating what resilience can look like (list subject to change)

1 - Taking on digital surveillance - across borders [Ethiopian exile cases in US and UK courts]

2 - Creating live reporting platforms in a post-Tahrir age [Licadho in Cambodia, Central 7311 in Angola]

3 - Turning inwards for support: using domestic digital fundraising to increase legitimacy and buy-in [in Brazil: Agência Pública and Mídia Ninja]

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  • Thomas S.

    Heya, If you missed it or just wanted to see the write up for the session afterwards. I did try to take notes. They are on this etherpad:

    They are pretty raw but the discussion was also wide ranging. Please do feel free to hack into the document, it is shared for that purpose, so add points and any useful links to interesting references or examples. Janet did you also offer to upload your presentation or share the link if it is available on the web ?



    1 · August 6

    • Janet

      I will see about uploading the presentation and might help add some stuff to my bits

      August 9

    • Janet

      Thanks Tom!

      August 9

  • lesley a.

    Great meeting everyone and thanks to Janet for a stimulating presentation. Great talks after too :)

    1 · July 30

  • Janet

    Thanks everybody for coming, great seeing you. Glad we are able to debate and tackle the big issues of our time, and have fun while doing so!

    4 · July 30

    • Maja

      You need[masked] more likes now:)

      1 · July 30

  • Harsha L.

    Sadly I miss this, have to be in Sri Lanka.

    July 24

  • Thomas S.

    Woot woot! London ICT4D kicking it :) Nice work! I'm looking forward to it :)

    1 · July 23

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