The Power of Slacktivism as a Tool to Self-Educate

Is our digital engagement in social causes really worth the title of being a real activist? Maybe not always, but one should not underestimate the power of Slacktivism as a powerful tool to raise awareness that can lead to valued self-education.

We live in a digital age, where our ability to access information and create content never has been easier. Technology has also expanded our social circles, by our frequent use of social media, where geographically distant people have become our virtual neighbors. One can even say that we have Continue reading “The Power of Slacktivism as a Tool to Self-Educate”

Her Net Her Rights – this is how we do it

The European Week of Action for Girls has just passed, which is a yearly event that aims to promote the empowerment of European women and girls. In order to join this action, we decided to cover an online conference that was held as part of the European Women’s Lobby project Her Net Her Rights.

Prominent figures within the feminist movement, like activists and researchers, had gathered around the virtual table to discuss women’s rights issues online and possible solutions to create a safer web for Europe’s women and girls, as part of Her Net Her Rights by the European Women’s Lobby (EWL). Continue reading “Her Net Her Rights – this is how we do it”

Digital Activism that Peacefully Seeks to Engage – The Case of Sarantaporo in Northern Greece

Digital activism is often associated with protests and resistance against society’s inequalities, but there is also a form of activism that is more peaceful in its nature that seeks to make a change by direct collaboration. One example of digital activism that peacefully has sought to engage citizens to collaborate action is the Sarantaporo Project in Greece, an initiative by a small group of people that has managed to bring free Internet access to thousands of people by tackling the digital divide.

People have gathered on the streets in New York City’s financial quarter in the name of the Occupy Wall Street Movement to protest against economic inequality. Many have been spurred by hash tags, and twitter feeds, and they are there to show that they resist and want change. A scene that probably comes to mind for many when thinking about digital activist movements. In general digital activism is involving Continue reading “Digital Activism that Peacefully Seeks to Engage – The Case of Sarantaporo in Northern Greece”

Six Degrees of Separation – A Phantasm of Digital Utopianism

Six degrees of separation is a phantasm! We might be six degrees apart from people that are living under the same social conditions that we are or with people that share our values and ideas. Although technology has improved our ability to communicate, it is evident that socioeconomic issues related to class, race and ideas, are creating division between people, which is hindering our complete unity.

Many of you may be familiar with the title Six Degrees of Separation, as it is the name of a famous play written by John Guare, and also the title of a movie staring actor Will Smith. They are both based on the theory that we live in a small world, where we are all connected, by a chain of six acquaintances. The initial idea of the Continue reading “Six Degrees of Separation – A Phantasm of Digital Utopianism”