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Human rights activists call for new laws to safeguard Internet freedom in #Brazil before 2014 World Cup

Human rights activists call for new laws to safeguard Internet freedom in #Brazil before 2014 World Cup | Digital Protest | Scoop.it
The following text was first published at the Sustainable Governance Indicators News' website.
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Brazil’s media is characterized by oligopolistic ownership and certain opinions dominate.
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Why are the BRICs crumbling? Welcome to the permanent revolution

Why are the BRICs crumbling? Welcome to the permanent revolution | Digital Protest | Scoop.it
Tear gas cannot stop it. Not even when fired point blank into the faces of protesters. State censorship is powerless against it. The bloodless prose of the official media cannot encompass it. But what is it?

 

Each time the movement subsides, the old generation’s commentators declare it dead, overhyped, romanticised in the heat of the moment. But the protests keep coming back. In 1989, we learned that people prefer individual freedom to communism. Today, in many countries, it is capitalism that is associated with cronyism, repressive force and elite politics, and until that changes, this Human Spring looks likely to continue.

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The spirit of protest in Brazil and Turkey has now swept into Bulgaria

The spirit of protest in Brazil and Turkey has now swept into Bulgaria | Digital Protest | Scoop.it
John O'Brennan: Tens of thousands of Bulgarians are voicing their anger over political corruption, abuse of power and economic hardship
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Not the final whistle

Not the final whistle | Digital Protest | Scoop.it
AS BRAZIL’S football team beat Italy on June 22nd to secure a place in the Confederations Cup semi-finals, Brazilians were out again on the streets of more than...
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Challenging the narrative of Egypt’s revolution

Challenging the narrative of Egypt’s revolution | Digital Protest | Scoop.it

“Nothing has changed and many people still believe that we are in some kind of post-revolutionary phase where we are testing democracy. But that is not the case,” says Philip Rizk, a 31-year-old independent filmmaker and activist who is part of the Mosireen activist collective.

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Frankfurt 'Blockupy' protesters clash with police

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German police used pepper spray and batons against thousands of anti-capitalist demonstrators from the Blockupy movement on Saturday during a second day of protests in Frankfurt against...
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Transnational Online Forum to Evaluate the Re-resurgence of the Grassroots

Transnational Online Forum to Evaluate the Re-resurgence of the Grassroots | Digital Protest | Scoop.it
Transnational Online Forum to evaluate the Re-resurgence of the Grassroots Public · By Global Square Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/141335846062355/ DATE: 27th June TIME: 20.00-24....
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PRISM and the Social Media-Surveillance-Industrial Complex | Christian Fuchs

PRISM and the Social Media-Surveillance-Industrial Complex | Christian Fuchs | Digital Protest | Scoop.it
PRISM is not, as Facebook, Apple and Microsoft want to make us believe, a small surveillance operation, but rather a massive and large-scale global surveillance project.
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Mundane Citizenship: New Media and Civil Society in Bulgaria

Mundane Citizenship: New Media and Civil Society in Bulgaria | Digital Protest | Scoop.it
(2012). Mundane Citizenship: New Media and Civil Society in Bulgaria. Europe-Asia Studies: Vol. 64, New Media in New Europe-Asia, pp. 1356-1374. doi: 10.1080/09668136.2012.712247

 

This essay examines the new forms of civic and political engagement that the increasing accessibility of internet-based media has precipitated in the Bulgarian context. It discusses the results of three case studies which focus respectively on online forum discussions of a significant political event; a campaign of eco-protests; and the activism emerging from a website and forum dedicated to motherhood. The essay argues that new media have brought civic and political issues and the possibility to deliberate and act on them into the everyday lives of Bulgarians. As a result, the voice of Bulgarian civil society has grown stronger and has been able to penetrate the sphere of formal politics, sometimes with important consequences.

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A hackivist’s call for a culture of engagement | SF Politics

A hackivist’s call for a culture of engagement | SF Politics | Digital Protest | Scoop.it

[Editor’s note: Last week, the Guardian reached out to a number of experts and technologists to gauge reactions on revelations of the massive National Security Agency spying program that recently came to light. Shava Nerad, who started her career as a software engineer and was previously involved with the Tor Project, which offers online anonymity in web browsing, has also been engaged in various forms of political activism. Nerad submitted comments via email in response to the Bay Guardian’s request for an interview. We've published an edited version of her thoughts here.]

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Liberationtech ‏@Liberationtech 4m

Must read | A hackivist’s call for a culture of engagement http://is.gd/e71BD1 ; by Shava Nerad for @sfbg HT @gregoryfoster #NSA

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Protestos no Brasil nesta quinta, 20/06/2013 · Global Voices

Protestos no Brasil nesta quinta, 20/06/2013 · Global Voices | Digital Protest | Scoop.it
A equipe do Global Voices em Português está acompanhando ao vivo a repercussão e mobilização nas redes sociais, destacando os mais interessantes comentários e opiniões, além de fotos e vídeos. Acompanhe a nossa cobertura aqui ou no storify.
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Marta Cooper ‏@martaruco 26m

Excellent curation of last night's protests in Brazil by @globalvoices' @gvlusofonia team (in Portuguese) http://pt.globalvoicesonline.org/2013/06/20/vemprarua-o-brasil-vai-s-ruas/ ;… #vemprarua

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What is going on in Brazil? The World Cup and its malcontents

In the past week, there have been demonstrations in Brazil of a magnitude not seen since the movement for direct elections in the mid-1980s, and for former president Fernando Collor de Mello’s impeachment…...
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When the Nerds Go Marching In

When the Nerds Go Marching In | Digital Protest | Scoop.it
How a dream team of engineers from Facebook, Twitter, and Google built the software that drove Barack Obama's reelection
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The Bright Light Social Hour - Wendy Davis

Last night we found ourselves at the SB5 protest at the Texas State Capitol Building in Austin. After the vote went through we ran home, wrote and recorded t...
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Press Freedom Index 2013 - Dashed Hopes after Arab Spring

Press Freedom Index 2013 - Dashed Hopes after Arab Spring | Digital Protest | Scoop.it

After the “Arab springs” and other protest movements that prompted many rises and falls in last year’s index, the 2013 Reporters Without Borders World Press Freedom Index marks a return to a more usual configuration.

The ranking of most countries is no longer attributable to dramatic political developments. This year’s index is a better reflection of the attitudes and intentions of governments towards media freedom in the medium or long term. The same three European countries that headed the index last year hold the top three positions again this year. For the third year running, Finland has distinguished itself as the country that most respects media freedom. It is followed by the Netherlands and Norway.

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Demonizing Edward Snowden: Which Side Are You On?

Demonizing Edward Snowden: Which Side Are You On? | Digital Protest | Scoop.it
I wish Snowden had followed Drake’s example and remained on U.S. soil to fight the charges against him. But I can’t condemn him for seeking refuge in some place that doesn’t have an extradition treaty with the United States.
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Gabriella Coleman ‏@BiellaColeman 2m

Demonizing Edward Snowden: Which Side Are You On? http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/johncassidy/2013/06/demonizing-edward-snowden-which-side-are-you-on.html?mbid=social_retweet … … (a really classy, heartfelt honest rant. The best of the lot)

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The Global Street: Making the Political

The Global Street: Making the Political | Digital Protest | Scoop.it
(2011). The Global Street: Making the Political. Globalizations: Vol. 8, No. 5, pp. 573-579.

 

This article explores key vectors in the uprisings of the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region from an urban perspective. The aim is to open up a larger conceptual field to understand the complex interactions between power and powerlessness as they get shaped in urban space. I argue that the city makes visible the limits of superior military power and, most importantly, that cities enable powerlessness to become complex, not simply elementary. In this complexity lies the possibility of making history and remaking the political. The question of public space is central to giving the powerless rhetorical and operational openings. But that public space needs to be distinguished from the concept of public space in the European tradition. This leads me to the concept of The Global Street.

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Protestforscher über Blockupy-Solidarität: „Ein ambivalentes Gefühl“ - taz.de

Protestforscher über Blockupy-Solidarität: „Ein ambivalentes Gefühl“ - taz.de | Digital Protest | Scoop.it
Der Protestforscher Dieter Rucht analysiert soziale Bewegungen. Außerdem hat er sich mit den Blockupy-Protesten solidarisiert.
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Why are the international media ignoring current protests in Bulgaria?

Why are the international media ignoring current protests in Bulgaria? | Digital Protest | Scoop.it
Bulgarians have been out on the streets for a week by the thousands but with very few exceptions, international media outlets have chosen no…
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En busca de Hackers (DOC/60'/ES/PAL 4:3)

En busca de Hackers, es un documental que pretende abrir o "hackear" nuestras ideas preconcebidas de lo que es un hacker, e introducirnos en lo que nos depara éste…
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Stéphane M. Grueso ‏@fanetin 14m

#DocuMental En busca de Hackers -> #Hacktivismo #Tenología #Internet #LicenciasLibres --> http://vimeo.com/22684900

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[Article] Reconfiguring the mediapolis: new media and civic agency

The summer of 2007 marked the growing visibility of blogs and bloggers in the Bulgarian public sphere. A case in point was a spontaneous civic protest spurred by a decision of the Supreme Administrative Court to strip a territory in the south-east of Bulgaria (Strandja Mountain) of its status as a protected natural reserve. Young people and environmentalist groups went out in the streets to challenge the decision, their actions being organized and reported by blogs, websites and text messages. These brief but centrally placed and well-attended civic actions compelled not only the mass media, but also parliamentarians to put the issue on their agendas. This article analyzes the relationship between media messages and street action as well as the dynamics of inter-media exchanges and the profiles of the actors behind them.

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Brazil rocked by fresh mass protests

Brazil rocked by fresh mass protests | Digital Protest | Scoop.it
More than a million people take part in anti-government protests across Brazil, with violent clashes in several cities.
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Com computador, para quê senador?

Com computador, para quê senador? | Digital Protest | Scoop.it
Os garotos de 20 anos não são despolitizados; apenas não confiam nas relações tradicionais de representação
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Assemblies emerging in Turkey: a lesson in democracy | ROAR Magazine

Assemblies emerging in Turkey: a lesson in democracy | ROAR Magazine | Digital Protest | Scoop.it
The protesters are starting to counter-pose their own direct democracy to the sham of a democracy proposed by Erdogan’s authoritarian neoliberal state.
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