‘Hack or Be Hacked, Or Why the Revolutionary Virtual Fails Us’

Series Name Sociology
Speaker Dr Athina Karatzogianni
Type Lectures & Talks
When 28 Jan 2015, 04:00PM - 05:30PM
Venue Bankfield House Seminar Room on 132 New Walk, Leicester and a drinks reception at Lansdowne Pub follows at 5:30
Open To University staff and students
For Bookings Contact Dr Jonathan Corpus Ong: jco10@leicester.ac.uk

A ménage à trois of “trusted” global networks comprised by governments, corporations, and NGOs seem to have the mandate, or plain and simple the monopoly of planning power, to represent the interests of citizens/consumers in the global networked public sphere. To a large degree, the netizenry is at the mercy of these digital planners. This talk discusses two decades of network resistance (1994-2014) against control over both consumption and production by these networked hierarchies, and why the mainstreaming of digital activism has hit the brick wall of reality.

Athina Karatzogianni is Senior Lecturer and PGR Director in the Department of Media and Communication at the University of Leicester. She is author or co-author of three books and editor of two edited collections on new media and global politics. She is currently Co-Investigator in the ESRC-funded project The Common Good: Ethics and Rights in Cyber Security.

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