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Meet the new generation of robots. They're almost human… - The Guardian

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Social Movements Back Regional Integration | Cubadebate (English)

Social Movements Back Regional Integration | Cubadebate (English) | People,Power & Politics in & around Africa | Scoop.it
Quito, Jul 29 (Prensa Latina) Social Movements Summit supports Latin American integration based on solidarity and complementarity, that is why today's debate generates proposals from that perspective.
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Youth Q&A on the UN High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Agenda Report - Center For American Progress

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Center For American Progress Youth Q&A on the UN High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Agenda Report Center For American Progress Young people understand the importance of political and social participation and know how vitally important it is that...
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The Political Class Regarding Syria - Cato Institute (blog)

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The Political Class Regarding Syria Cato Institute (blog) Judging from the opinions of the people on the Sunday morning talk shows, Washington is committed to striking Syria–and it doesn't much care about the attitudes of the people who pay the...
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Occupy: A Social Movement for Equality and Justice – Investigative ...

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By Brian Wedderburn, Skylar Lewis, Sophy Ouk, Brady Osborne, Richard Basco, Allison Basham, Dane Stuffy Sonoma State University—Investigative Sociology Spr.
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Irish Left Review | Marxism and Social Movements

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This book will be of interest to researchers and postgraduates studying social movements or Marxism within disciplines like sociology, history, anthropology or political science, as well as to movement activists and laypeople ...
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ICT for Good - Unleashing Next Gen Innovations - Huffington Post

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ICT for Good - Unleashing Next Gen Innovations
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As a result, we live in a world where technology enables pervasive, perpetual social change and young people are at the forefront driving that change.
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Do you use technology for social change? | the3rdi magazine

Do you use technology for social change? | the3rdi magazine | People,Power & Politics in & around Africa | Scoop.it
The difference between using technology in a social enterprise and actually using technology to affect social change. (Do you use technology for social change?

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Who's Afraid of the People's History? | AlterNet.org

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A recent Associated Press expose—drawing on e-mails obtained under the Freedom of Information Act—revealed that in 2010, Mitch Daniels, then Indiana’s Republican governor, covertly set out to ban Howard Zinn’s best-selling  A People’s History of the United States from Indiana’s classrooms.

 

Daniels had privately responded to Zinn’s death that year with unseemly glee; “This terrible anti-American academic has finally passed away,” he crowed. Daniels attempted to banish Zinn’s book on the grounds that it was “a truly execrable, anti-factual piece of disinformation that misstates American history on every page…. How do we get rid of it before more young people are force-fed a totally false version of our history?”

 

When Daniels’s education adviser replied that  A People’s History was being used in a social movements course for teachers at Indiana University, the governor insisted that “this crap should not be accepted for any credit by the state,” sparking a proposed statewide review of university courses designed to “disqualify propaganda” from Indiana’s curriculum.

 

This view of  A People’s History as propaganda was not shared by the historians who named it a finalist for the American Book Award in 1981—an honor virtually never accorded to historical surveys—or by the more than 2 million readers who made  A People’s History the most popular radical history in the United States during the last three decades.

 

As governor, Daniels seemed unconcerned that purging Zinn from Indiana’s educational system constituted a violation of academic freedom. But this issue emerged in the political storm unleashed by the AP story, in part because Daniels is currently president of Purdue University. Aware that trampling academic freedom is incompatible with leadership in higher education, Daniels sought to evade the issue by claiming (falsely) that he had respected academic freedom at the university level and only sought to keep Zinn out of the K-12 educational curriculum.

 

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The Parody of the Commons | Kostakis | tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique. Open Access Journal for a Global Sustainable Information Society

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This essay builds on the idea that Commons-based peer production is a social advancement within capitalism but with various post-capitalistic aspects, in need of protection, enforcement, stimulation and connection with progressive social movements. We use theory and examples to claim that peer-to-peer economic relations can be undermined in the long run, distorted by the extra-economic means of a political context designed to maintain profit-driven relations of production into power. This subversion can arguably become a state policy, and the subsequent outcome is the full absorption of the Commons as well as of the underpinning peer-to-peer relations into the dominant mode of production. To tackle this threat, we argue in favour of a certain working agenda for Commons-based communities. Such an agenda should aim the enforcement of the circulation of the Commons. Therefore, any useful social transformation will be meaningful if the people themselves decide and apply policies for their own benefit, optimally with the support of a sovereign partner state. If peer production is to become dominant, it has to control capital accumulation with the aim to marginalise and eventually transcend capitalism.


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CFP: Social Transformations and the Digital Age, Montreal | HASTAC

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siobhan-o-flynn's curator insight, December 20, 2012 10:29 AM

from the call:

 

Montréal, Canada

13-15 October 2013

Social Transformations and the Digital Age

http://wssf2013.org/

 

The role of digital technologies in nearly all aspects of life - most notably in the form of "social media" - has been a constant news focus in recent years, and it has also become a major focus of social research. As far as "social media" are concerned, popular and scholarly accounts about their participatory and transformative potential are usually enthusiastic. Twitter, Facebook, Wikipedia and Wikileaks are lauded for their capacity to harness people's creativity and knowledge, and for their potential to challenge traditional hierarchies in politics, science, and the media. It is claimed these web-based applications have facilitated political uprisings, the solution of scientific problems, and the emergence of hitherto undiscovered talents in music and the arts. Some more critical voices question the validity of such claims, pointing to the dangers of hoax, misinformation, dependency, narcissism, and the loss of privacy.

 

Yet digital technologies reach far beyond the current "social media" proliferation: in the form of computers and the networks enabling them to communicate with one another they have been in use for decades, and have affected nearly all areas of society, politics, and the economy. They have changed how people think about themselves, how work is organized, how knowledge is produced, and how access to information is regulated. Education, healthcare, shopping, agriculture, finance, security, leisure have all been deeply affected by information and communication technologies.

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Program of the Inaugural Conference of the Arab Council for the Social Sciences (March 19-20, Beirut)

Program of the Inaugural Conference of the Arab Council for the Social Sciences (March 19-20, Beirut) | People,Power & Politics in & around Africa | Scoop.it
The Arab Council for the Social Sciences is pleased to announce its inaugural conference, titled Arab Transformations: Interrogating the Social Sciences, to be held in Beirut, Lebanon on 19-20 March 2013.

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'Scores killed' in new CAR clashes

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At least 60 people have been killed in the Central African Republic in fighting between former rebels and forces loyal to the president they ousted in March, officials say.

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At least 60 people have been killed in the Central African Republic in fighting between former rebels and forces loyal to the president they ousted in March, officials say.

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Should Students Use a Laptop in Class? - Wall Street Journal

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Let's start with the million-dollar question: May computers (laptops, tablets, smartphones) be used in class? Some instructors are as permissive as parents who let you set your own curfew.
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Involving others: from toolkit to ethos for a different kind of democracy | openDemocracy

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#Participation requires an ethos if it is to play a part in equitable social transformations. http://t.co/gxGjNS7wdK @nimoi83 @openDemocracy
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Research examines hip-hop and social movement - Science Codex

Research examines hip-hop and social movement Science Codex Todd Callais, an assistant professor at the University of Cincinnati's Blue Ash College, is one of the select sociologists from across the world to be named to present at the annual...
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Of Groups, Class Actions, and Social Change: Reflections on From ...

Of Groups, Class Actions, and Social Change: Reflections on From Medieval Group Litigation to the Modern Class Action · Deborah R. Hensler 61 UCLA L. Rev. Disc. 126. Download Article: ...
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The Mosque: Political, Architectural and Social Transformations

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The Netherlands approximately 800,000 Muslims have access to almost 500 mosques.
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Communication Technology & Social Change | USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy

Research | #CCLP explores social & economic changes caused by transformations in the communication field due to tech http://t.co/S2kXzYOdsu
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Meet +SocialGood: Connecting Global Communities for Social Change - Mashable

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Five years ago Mashable started covering the intersection of technology and social change.

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Digital media and society syllabus: Covering social media, technology and a networked world

Digital media and society syllabus: Covering social media, technology and a networked world | People,Power & Politics in & around Africa | Scoop.it

This course is organized around the broad question of what journalists should know about the way digital media are reshaping society. To answer this question, it provides a series of foundational readings on the effects of new media on a number of domains of social life, including culture, the economy, privacy, law, politics, social movements and journalism. It is designed to provide journalists covering any of these domains with the knowledge to analyze the development of technology and its continuing impact. Many journalism courses emphasize the craft of new media — the tools and tactics for effective newsgathering, storytelling, engagement, presentation and dissemination — but here we step back and seek to illuminate its social-science dimensions.

 


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Virtual media, real change?

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Reflections on organisational hijacking of social media. The story of movements and uprisings tends to be centred around individuals.

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Report: Governance Structures for Social Movements

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“Social movements throughout history have achieved lasting success by altering institutional structures and cultural norms to reflect their core values and beliefs. Their achievements can be seen in

(1) the emergence of new social practices like interracial marriage or the honoring of indigenous traditions;

(2) adoption and enforcement of policy frameworks like the Bill of Rights or the Endangered Species Act; and — in some circumstances —

(3) as novel organizational forms that alter the institutional landscape like the new hybrid for-profit/non-profit legal charter for the benefit corporation or the crowdsourced archive of information known as Wikipedia.

In this strategy brief, we will consider the organizational frames that bolster (and restrict) how an organization can be deployed to achieve goals for a social movement. An organizational frame is the structured web of rules, relationships, and values that comprise an idealized cognitive model for understanding and acting within a particular institutional context.”


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The New Social Unionism: A New Union Model for a New World Order by Peter Waterman

The New Social Unionism:  A New Union Model for a New World Order by Peter Waterman | People,Power & Politics in & around Africa | Scoop.it

The concept of a new social unionism (NSU) is intended to relate to and be appropriate for our contemporary world. This is a world increasingly marked by the dramatic expansion and equally dramatic transformations of capitalist, military, state, imperial, technical and patriarchal forms and powers. It is consequently marked by the appearance of what I will call the new alternative social movements (NASMs – feminist, anti-militarist, human-rights, ecological, etc.) alongside such old ones as those of religion, nation or labour.


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