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[liberationtech] Activism vs Slacktivism 'debate' now confirmed

Brie Rogers Lowery brie at
Tue Mar 8 04:41:59 PST 2011

Hi all,

Following on from the email thread last week on cyber-sceptics the 'debate'
has now been confirmed so for those of you who are interested and based in
the UK you can find out more and sign-up here: or
see details below.

We're still working on getting a webcast so I'll update you closer to the
time on the progress of that.


*Debate: 'Activism vs Slacktivism' <>
Does activism via digital channels work? It depends on who you ask.* Join a
debate <> of sceptics, realists and optimists
exploring the impact of digital activism. *

All activism depends on the belief and hope by participants that acting
together will make a difference. With increasing debate and rhetoric around
the influence and power of digital activism, what will the future be for
this form of mobilisation if misinformed commentary or ill-conceived use of
digital tools and networks attempt to undermine it?

*What: Debate: 'Activism vs. Slacktivism'*
*When:* 17.00-19.00, Monday 21st March 2011
*Where:* Mary Ogilvie Lecture Theatre, St Anne's College, Oxford
*Register/more info:*

*The debate will challenge and provoke:*

   - *campaigners* who are not using online mobilisation strategically to up
   their game
   - *sceptics* of the power of digital activism to learn how and when
   digital activism does work


   - *Chair:* Kathryn Corrick <>
   - *Paul Hilder* - Director of Campaigns, Oxfam
   - *David Babbs* - Executive Director, 38 Degrees
   - *Naomi McAuliffe* - Campaign Manager, Amnesty International
   - *Tom Steinberg* - Director, MySociety
   - *Sam Smith* - Democracy & Transparency activist
   - *Eric Lee* - International Trade Union digital consultant &
   - *Micah White* - Adbusters & Guardian contributor *(Via recorded video
   - *Rasmus Kleis Nielsen* - Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism
   *(TBC via recorded video presentation/webcast)*

There will be a ticket price of £15 - *please note that we are not making
any profit from the event this is just to cover additional organising costs
of the debate. Thanks also to Sue Fidler Ltd <>,
nfpSynergy <> & Advocacy
Online<>for assisting with sponsorship.
For those not based in the UK or unable to attend we are still working on
seeing if a live webcast will be possible but we'll let you know closer to
the date.

Even if you can't attend yourself please help promote the event far and wide
since one of its aims is informing organisations, journalists, bloggers,
etc. - just use the URL

Hope to see you there!


Brie Rogers Lowery
Freelance eCampaigner
*FairSay - Making Campaigning Count*
+44 (0)7940 540021 <> <>
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