Hashtag Human Rights: Tweeting the Revolution from the  Arab Spring to the Delhi Rape Case
A talk by Elizabeth Losh, director of the Culture, Art, and Technology program  at Sixth College, the University of California, San Diego

March 18, 2014
7:30 p.m.
Letitia Pate Evans Dining Hall, Lower Level
This event is free and open to the public.

From the so-called “Arab Spring” to the Delhi rape case, the relationship between online participation and massive street demonstrations is remarkably complex. As users remix, tag, map, visualize, and curate particular political memes, they rarely behave like dispassionate citizen journalists. Yet the high-profile debate between pundits in the United States about whether or not “the revolution will be tweeted” might oversimplify the dynamics of actual user practices that can't be reduced to "clicktivism" or "slacktivism."  This talk will discuss how the work of online activists in India and the Middle East is reshaping notions of privacy and security in digital human rights discourses.  
Elizabeth Losh teaches media history, digital literacy, online communication, and critical theory. She is the author of Virtualpolitik: An Electronic History of Government Media-Making in a Time of War, Scandal, Disaster, Miscommunication, and Mistakes and the forthcoming The War on Learning: Gaining Ground in the Digital University and is the co-author of Understanding Rhetoric: A Graphic Guide to Writing with Jonathan Alexander. She has published articles about the politics of new media, e-government initiatives, the digital humanities, and the rhetoric surrounding regulatory attempts to limit everyday digital practices.