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Topic axes

There are a lot of questions that can be make about the relationship between NTICs and social movements. From Move.net are suggested several discussion lines, without ignoring the topics that would may appear on the own debate. As a basic guide of the discussion we will focus on the next topics:

Technological Sovereignty: The emancipatory potential of new technologies comes often at odds with their dominance by large corporations and the legislative control of the states. Surveillance and control are a real risk for privacy and the users’ right of anonymity, in particular, for all of those social activists that may suffer the repression by the powers they face. Despite these inherent risks, movements follow doing a disruptive use of the commercial technologies, but they also bet for the development of autonomous projects in technical innovation. Which are the risks and threats by the use of movements of technologies that have been made for oligopolistic companies? ¿What dangers have surveillance of the governments and large corporations for activism? Which will be the challenges of these initiatives for autonomous development of technological tools by social movements? Is it worth using outside disruptive technologies despite their risks?

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Digital Rights: Nowadays Intellectual Property is being disputed by the new possibilities that come from the Internet. At the same time, new laws rise to protect and reinforce copyright, or to deal with new threat such as pedophilia or terrorism, and, so often, with other goals more spurious. While governments follow this path, user suffers serious lacks in the net neutrality and freedom of expression, meanwhile, the own access to the net has been reclaimed as a new civil right. How have to understand copyright in the new digital world? How to reconcile the remuneration of authors with the ease of digital copy? How adapt the industry to the new digital environment? The intellectual property rights, does suppose a threat to digital nets? To what extent should legislate? In what sense? Should it considered access as a new civil right?

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Ciberactivism: Social movements use technology to do some tasks, as organization or communication (inside/outside), but these are used too in the political fight, adding to their repertory, actions which are virtually organized but implemented on the physic space, and sometimes, combined with actions on the Internet. Therefore, the Internet is not only a tool of struggle but, at times, it is the own battlefield or the object of the claim that guide collective action. Are effective actions that take place only in the virtual space? How they complement with the actions in the physic space? What relationships can be seen between classic activism and virtual? Which are principal innovations on real praxis that can show the cyberactivism?

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Digital Democracy: The Internet is not only a struggle weapon, but turns into a symbol of new forms of participation and organization. The Internet allows a large scale horizontal communication, questioning the classical approach and opening new ways to critic about representative system inevitability. On the other hand, digital democracy is also a new use of the networks by classic politic parties, but without a real change onto their hierarchies or their proposals. Campaigns as the Obama reflect a contradiction between bigger citizenship’s participation that would may counter the influence power of large companies and the “Big Brother” that means the massive use of the surveillance techniques. How can NICs enlarge participation and improve democracy? But too, can they worsen the situation through finer propaganda techniques or to ease dissemination of populist discourses? Which are the risks of digital participation? How can complement politic representation and participation through NTICs?

Follow this topic on Twitter with the hashtag: #DemocraciaDigital

Open Data: Philosophy and practice of open data pursue the openness of certain data, especially from governments and public bodies, for all citizens. Finally, these vindications have get the implementation of several transparency lesser laws. Once get to convince certain Public Administrations to free some data and facilitate their access emerge questions about their scope, utility of the data or the existence of public and reserved information. Are enough these transparency laws? What utility have the opened data for a effective government control by citizens? To what extent must maintain some data confidential?Are the leaks of information classified as secret in certain cases (wikileaks, Snowden, Falcini …) are legitimate? Can help digital networks to citizenship to control their governments or only serve to surveillance?

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Digital Culture: Culture on the Internet, its language, its memes and its myths are embedded on politic action of the social movements. These have the ability to move network’s cultural frame, adopting their language and their values. Anonymous masks, slogans as “Error 404: Democracy not found” or documents as “Open Code Manifesto” draw the weight of the network cultures (hackers, mass culture reappropriations, freak culture… etc.) on language and symbolic frameworks for mobilization. At time, the published information by the movements on the Internet not only helps for a quickly visibility, but also for conservation and diffusion of collective memory of the social struggles. Which are cultural referents used by cyberactivism? How does the cyberculture in discourse and political practices? What are the relationship between mass culture and popular culture on the new digital environment? How does the Internet contribute to maintain collective memory of social movements? Does exist the real risk of censorship on this kind of memories by large technological companies when the commercial services are used?

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Media on-line: The net is mainly a meta-media. It is populated with a number of media initiatives, created by social movements themselves, that constantly interact with conventional media in a new and complex ecosystem. On the one hand, more independent and critical media are emerging (Indymedia, Periodismo Humano, Kaos en la Red, Contexto, Cuarto Poder, Periodismo Ciudadano, Pikara, etc.); on the other, the media crisis has driven some to foster independent projects combining traditional and on-line formats (La Marea, ElDiario, Infolibre, Mongolia, Alternativas Económicas, etc.). On-line debates now impact on the political agenda, favouring the emergence of alternative public spheres (13M, 15M, Mareas) and the appearance of platforms for debate and citizen awareness in relation to the activities carried out by corporate media (Menéame, Civio, Poletika, etc.). How do conventional media and new media coexist? Do the former still set the agenda and control public discourse? To what extent can new media influence public opinion? What is the role of traditional journalism in relation to citizen journalism? What function does critical journalists have in this new informative ecosystem? What alliances and networking practices can be reached between new media in order to achieve sustainability?

Follow this topic on Twitter with the hashtag: #MediosEnRed

Videoactivism: As technological development allow a significan increase in bandwidth and smartphones reach wider sections of society, social media sites (and the Internet itself) increasingly revolve around audiovisual content, mainly photographs and video. It is a phenomenon that has a direct and clear effect on cyberactivism as it widens the scope of vision and makes the task of creating dissident, bottom-up audiovisual pieces easier to make. However, the predominance of visual media on-line can also be put in relation to the increase in surveillance and control or the banlization of content in the Internet. Which are the dicoursive features of digital videoactivism? How does it contribute to social change? What contradictions lie in videoactivis practice? Is it a question of form or content?

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