Centre for Internet & Society

Rohini Lakshané was a panelist at this event organized by Hertie School of Governance on May 4, 2015.


Alissa Wahid, National coordinator of the GUSDURian Network Indonesia
Renata Avila, Member of Creative Commons Board of Directors and a member of the Web Index Science Council, Guatemala
Rohini Lakshané, Researcher at the Centre for Internet and Society, India
Georgia Popplewell, Writer and media producer from Trinidad and Tobago

Moderation: Dilek Kurban J.D., Marie Curie Fellow, Hertie School of Governance

The lightning spread of communication technologies has enabled the dissemination of information and ideas that mainstream media have been unwilling or unable to publish. While the Internet empowers individuals to engage in advocating, mobilizing and reacting on behalf of the disempowered, it also raises significant issues of privacy and hate speech when used by the wrong people for the wrong reasons.

Are we at a stage where we can argue that online activism challenges the balance of power between governments and citizens, giving rise to a new form of deliberative and participatory democracy? Or is the transformative power of virtual civil disobedience blown out of proportion? To what extent is the Internet a level playing field where gender, ethnicity or class do not matter? What kinds of legal and political instruments are available to governments and corporations in their efforts to control the Internet? This panel discussion will bring together four female jury members of The BOBS Award 2015 who will seek answers to these and other questions regarding Internet activism, citizen journalism and grassroots mobilization.

re:thinking tomorrow is a discussion series hosted by Deutsche Welle and the Hertie School of Governance.

For more information see here.

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