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 still blocked by antagonistic positions without any constructive dialogue between the parties. Have social networks fostered this political polarization or not? I live far from …

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 we are leading.” said President of the USA with a smile on his face “When we lead, we build security, we build prosperity for our …

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 black women in the piece tickled the intersectional feminist in me, so I couldn’t help but think: What does this mean for African activism and …

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 large interest to multinational enterprises within the ICT field and beyond. Most of these still have their origins in the global north. The alluring positive …

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 to spread faster and further, within a general context of information and institutional crisis. But every attempt to control it seems to be failing. Can …

#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 Zealand to Brazil, sharing stories and adventures of travelling, a local guy in his early 20s joined in. He was invited by a young German …

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 of a very large iceberg. There are forces at play that are far bigger than algorithms and social media. Despite being right there in front …

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 of other social, economic and political factors. Some traditional opponents to the Cuban regime currently supported by Trump would like to see new media bring …

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 or networked conflict I will be pinning down a few key points we hope to integrate in our work with the blog. The below and …