ACTIVISTS around the world are now using technology to push for social change.
That is the concept Charles Sturt University (CSU) lecturer Jake Wallis will discuss during a seminar at the Wagga campus this afternoon.
Mr Wallis says groups from the Arab Spring to the Occupy Movement are now making use of digital communication networks to bring about change or rapidly spread news and views.
He will talk about how civil society uses the web, and the ways it can influence politics or democracy.
“The internet, social media and mobile phones allow messages of protest to spread at high speeds,” Mr Wallis said.
“New media can help activist groups to create a hard-hitting emotional narrative around social issues, which can generate support across regional, national and international networks.
The ‘Digitalactivism – how does civil society use the web?’ seminar will be held at 4pm today (September 5) in the School of Information Studies seminar room, in building 5, Tooma Way at CSU.
It will also be streamed to the Swedish School of Library and Information Science at the University of Boras in Sweden.