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 …

#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 Strike. These protests coincide with an impulse of the international feminist movement derived from campaigns like #MeToo or #TimesUp. However, Latin America has produced its …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 take a look at the bigger picture?! I have a problem with Facebook activism. On the one hand it provides the possibility to spread messages …