Volte-face

Volte-face

critical spin on new media and activism
Social media in Catalonia: Polarization or debate?

Social media in Catalonia: Polarization or debate?
 Political tension in Catalonia has reached the highest levels in recent years. To this date, the situation is...
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#IWD2018 (5/5): Women’s rights and gender equality – What about us?
#IWD2018 (5/5): Women’s rights and gender equality – What about us?
When walking home on the 8th of March, on the evening of International Women’s Day, flower shops in the city centre of Budapest were crowded...
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#IWD2018 (4/5): Six lessons on research from women’s rights activists in the Pacific
#IWD2018 (4/5): Six lessons on research from women’s rights activists in the Pacific
It’s blog post writing day and time for my contribution to Volte-face’s coverage of International Women’s Day (IWD) #IWD2018. The Pacific Going on a regional...
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#IWD2018 (3/5): When #MeToo arrived, #NiUnaMenos was already there
#IWD2018 (3/5): When #MeToo arrived, #NiUnaMenos was already there
This #8M has been a day of important mobilization throughout the Latin America. Although more symbolic than real, many organizations have joined the International Women's...
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#IWD2018 (2/5): Online movements need to innovate to avoid disappearing
#IWD2018 (2/5): Online movements need to innovate to avoid disappearing
The #metoo movement got rolling when Hollywood actress @Alyssa_Milano requested women to publicly join the movement on 15 October 2017. It quickly spread to Sweden,...
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#IWD2018 (1/5): Why we need to focus on ICT in Women’s rights
#IWD2018 (1/5): Why we need to focus on ICT in Women’s rights
International Women’s Day 2018 made social media explode with engagement world-wide. Hashtags such as #IWD2018, #PressforProgress, #TimeisNow and #Wikigap have been trending on Twitter for...
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What makes an online activist?
What makes an online activist?
Internet, and especially the social media, is without doubt an influential and common part of our daily lives. We use the Internet to communicate on...
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First Settlers – Indigenous activist claims to the digital space
First Settlers – Indigenous activist claims to the digital space
From guerrilla tactics in the Chiapas to Inuit covers of Rihanna. How indigenous activists claim and change virtual space online whilst negotiating identity “Once again...
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Black Panther, Representation and Activism
Black Panther, Representation and Activism
As many others, Black Panther made me feel excited about finally seeing some fair representation on the cinema screen. The important role and power of...
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Realizing ICT4D requires structural awareness
Realizing ICT4D requires structural awareness
The attraction of the “Africa market”, albeit a simplification of both the proportions and boundaries between the 50 plus countries on the continent, remains of...
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Can we stop hate speech on social media?
Can we stop hate speech on social media?
Online hate speech has become a great concern in the current public sphere. The affordances of Internet and new media allow these type of messages...
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#Kosovo10 – Reflections on new media, development and activism in Kosovo
#Kosovo10 – Reflections on new media, development and activism in Kosovo
Two years ago when chilling on the porch of a hostel in Prishtina, capital of Kosovo, with backpackers from all around the world from New...
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Values and Social Media: Top Tips for Digital Activists
Values and Social Media: Top Tips for Digital Activists
In my last blog post, I spoke about the restrictive effect that Facebook’s algorithm is having on Facebook activism. But this is only the tip...
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Why you never hear about African LGBTI rights in social media
Why you never hear about African LGBTI rights in social media
The right to express both identity and sexuality is far from obvious. Just under half of the UN member states see LGBTI as a human...
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Is new media defusing #MaldivesinCrisis?
Is new media defusing #MaldivesinCrisis?
The popular tropical tourist getaway of the Maldives has had a rocky political track record in recent years. On 1 February political turmoil flared up...
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Trump’s plans to support alternative media in Cuba: no, thanks
Trump’s plans to support alternative media in Cuba: no, thanks
Internet and ICT have opened up a space for new alternative media in Cuba. Nevertheless, we must analyse their potential for change under the light...
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You won’t believe what Facebook is going to do next to clampdown on grassroots activism
You won’t believe what Facebook is going to do next to clampdown on grassroots activism
Facebook has us all hoodwinked! Listen here you digital activists, slacktivists and one-percenters – isn’t it time to make a volte-face on this nonsense and...
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The role of social media during the migration crisis in Hungary
The role of social media during the migration crisis in Hungary
When the peak of the European migration crisis reached Hungary in the summer of 2015 and due to the measures of the Government hundreds of...
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Where is the African Spring?
Where is the African Spring?
Social movements have been an active part in sub-Saharan Africa since the colonial struggles and ongoing through the post-colonial era. It is not a new...
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Welcome to volte-face!
Welcome to volte-face!
Welcome to volte-face! This our first post on volte-face will a bit out of the ordinary. Instead of digging deep into a specific online movement...
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