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Big Picture Day #5: Human Rights & Wrongs: Challenges & Opportunities in a Networked World
Big Picture Day #5: Human Rights & Wrongs: Challenges & Opportunities in a Networked World

Big Picture Day #5: Human Rights & Wrongs: Challenges & Opportunities in a Networked World

Saturday 07 Dec 2013 11:00

Big Picture Day #5: Human Rights & Wrongs: Challenges & Opportunities in a Networked World

 

What do human rights mean to you? Is social justice achievable? What is the interplay between social justice and advances in technology and global connectivity? This big picture day will focus on the topics of social justice and human rights, with a view to examining their role in an increasingly interconnected and online world. We will welcome speakers and workshops that seek to rearticulate and challenge notions of what human rights and social justice mean. We also want to hear from people who can speak about practical projects that confront these issues in a real way.

 

Key Challenges

  1. What are human rights anyway? Are they still fit for purpose?
  2. Both human Rights and many social justice movements are misinterpreted and misrepresented in the popular press. How do we translate and communicate human rights and social justice for the new century?
  3. Does Web 2.0 expand the opportunities for true, meritocratic participation, or does it just change the shape of the table? Are we seeing new groups rise to prominence in new ways, or are the same people being heard? And what implications does this have for the most vulnerable and disenfranchised groups?
  4. Is ‘clicktivism’ – online activism and its associated petitions a way of bringing activism to the more silent majorities, or does it break down the cultures of solidarity and horizontal cooperation in traditional social movements, reinforcing the vertical relationship between citizen and state?
  5. Is respecting and protecting the rights of others a peertopeer responsibility? If so, how and by whom should the rights, responsibilities and opportunities of citizenship be communicated and defined?
  6. Through new trends, particularly in institutionled campaigns, has the nature and role of the individual been coopted and distorted?

 

Outputs

Along with participant directed focus, one of the questions we hope to address through discussion and workshops is how do we tell a story of human rights that rescues it from the media. This and other themes will be captured and collated through blogs, popplets and a mash up of activist and techie collaboration on project ideas.

 

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    Dec . 07 . 2013

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