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Social movements around the world are experiencing a revival. The “Web 2.0” offers all the globally accessible, functional and inexpensive tools which social activism requires – PR work, networking, collective knowledge management, etc. Although spontaneous and seemingly chaotic, direct web-driven protests are highly effective.
However, the use of social media networks like Twitter and Facebook – despite their effectiveness for mass movements – can be risky. Anonymity is absolutely vital for protecting the identities of opposition members and activists. To ensure anonymity, new technical solutions are necessary, as well as education and new forms of privacy. Against the backdrop of current social movements in Greece, Asteris Masouras will initiate a discussion on the function of anonymity as a human right and as strategy in the context of resistance movements.
About the speaker
Asteris Masouras writes for Global Voices Online, an international network devoted to following and documenting international blogs. Masouras, a resident of Thessaloniki, received his degree in mathematics and, since 2004, has written a blog on issues such as human rights, freedom of the press, social movements, digital rights and social media activism. He is the co-founder of digitalrights.gr and co-host of a monthly radio show on radiobubble.gr featuring news about open source- and digital rights.
Follow Asteris Masouras on Twitter: @asteris
Protecting Private Data, Using Public Data