So.Act

So.Act

Reflections on new media, activism, and social change
Women’s Rights
Read all about women's rights activism on social media. What are the current campaigns? How do they make use of new media and ICT? And what can we learn from them?
Political Action
Join our discussion on current examples of political action and social movements. How are people fighting for freedom? Who are the major actors involved? Press, Politics, People: what's at stake?
ICT4Storytelling
Stories for change. With visuals or words, narratives are created to promote, represent and engage with activist causes. How do ICTs enable or limit, frame or reinvent stories of activism and social change?
New Media’s recurrent topics: 3 things I’ve learned so far
New Media’s recurrent topics: 3 things I’ve learned so far
From digital optimism and campaigns for social change to online censorship, anxious activists and digital abuse, my brain has been on a spin for the...
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From Witness to Activist
From Witness to Activist
Video activism and exposing evidence of human rights abuse comes with many pitfalls. What are the issues activists need to reflect on? WITNESS knows.
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7 tips for ComDevers blogging for researchers
7 tips for ComDevers blogging for researchers
There’s a subtle tension between communication and research teams. Researchers want to uphold the integrity of their research, while comms people focus on the audience....
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Don’t count on social media to save democracy
Don’t count on social media to save democracy
Social media is credited with everything from starting revolutions to polarising politics. But overall, is it good or bad for democracy? I caught up with...
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Myanmar’s rapid technological transformation
Myanmar’s rapid technological transformation
How has the rapid changes in Myanmar transformed the way people communicate? What's the future like?
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#WomenBoycottTwitter – What happened last friday?
#WomenBoycottTwitter – What happened last friday?
What happened before, during, and after the #WomenBoycottTwitter? We reflected on our participation and the counter-protests that arose from last week's twitter protest.
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In solidarity with Yemen’s social media activists
In solidarity with Yemen’s social media activists
Today is Hisham Al-Omeisy’s 63rd day of unlawful imprisonment. No charge, no access to a lawyer, no access to his family. The peaceful activist committed...
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Social change through a live event – a summary from #HerNetHerRights
Social change through a live event – a summary from #HerNetHerRights
Discussions about #HerNetHerRights: is social change possible through a live event?
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#HerNetHerRights online event
#HerNetHerRights online event
Today's online conference #HerNetHerRights, organized by @EuropeanWomen'sLobby included both informational and inspiring talks on the issue of online violence, what it is and what changes...
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‘If you can´t handle the Internet, fuck off, whore’
‘If you can´t handle the Internet, fuck off, whore’
Women and girls around the world regularly face various forms of digital abuse. Online harassment, cyberstalking, rape threats, blackmail and hate speech are used to...
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An anxious activist on why clictivism is not enough
An anxious activist on why clictivism is not enough
2016 was chaotic and unsettling for western politics, but also a watershed for social movements – it marked the moment the mainstream ‘got woke’. Destabilising...
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Artivist Rafucko talks religion, lies and videotape
Artivist Rafucko talks religion, lies and videotape
Dressed in Jesus robes and a long brown wig, Rafucko welcomes me to his Berlin apartment – today a makeshift studio for his latest film...
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Humans of New York: Platform for social change or sentimental storytelling?
Humans of New York: Platform for social change or sentimental storytelling?
Humans of New York (HONY) is a hugely popular blog, active on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr and now with a TV series on Facebook....
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Visualizing Change – images in social media activism
Visualizing Change – images in social media activism
The visual plays a crucial role in our everyday lives. “We negotiate the world through visual culture” (Sturken/Cartwright 2009). Ideas and information are translated into...
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Online activism in Kenya
Online activism in Kenya
How social activists in Kenya use social media and online platforms to reach out to Kenyans and enable change
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5 amazing ways #MeWeSyria is helping young Syrian refugees
5 amazing ways #MeWeSyria is helping young Syrian refugees
Hearing the strength, hope and love in the stories told by young Syrians taking part in the #WeMeSyria project is very humbling indeed. The narrative...
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Silent spaces of social media – Reflections on censorship and online activism
Silent spaces of social media – Reflections on censorship and online activism
Censorship follows various strategies and leads to endless arguments about its benefits and harm. Offline as well as online, censorship is a tool for silencing...
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Staying out of hell
Staying out of hell
A debate has increased in Sweden about the many Afghans (many times lone refugee children) that have arrived during the last years due to conflict...
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‘Peace begins with a smile’: Reflections on Peace Day 2017
‘Peace begins with a smile’: Reflections on Peace Day 2017
World Peace. An ideal state of harmony and freedom or an unrealistic jargon? On The International Day of Peace, my first blog post reflects on...
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Rebranding Iraq: How are a group of dandies challenging perceptions of Iraqi Kurdistan?
Rebranding Iraq: How are a group of dandies challenging perceptions of Iraqi Kurdistan?
Mr. Erbil, the Gentleman’s Club pushing for social change A group of dapper gentleman in tailored hipster suits is not the image most of us...
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