“Democracy, Dissent and Online Spaces in India:Building Alternate Narratives”
Please join us for this important seminar in which alternative internet platforms focusing on various social causes and people’s movements are converging to discuss about expanding the space for online dissent.
Date and time: March 24, 2017, starting 10am
Room No. 412,
Indian Social Institute,
10, Institutional Area,
Lodhi Road, New Delhi
With the expansion of internet access in India, online spaces have become a significant arena for spread of information-sharing, discussions and campaigns on people-centric issues. A number of people’s movements groups have become active online, besides the emergence of portals and social media pages focusing on issues such as freedom of speech, caste, communalism, gender, environment, health, transparency, students movements and people’s resistance. A number of websites and forums critiquing the mainstream media and its biases have also emerged. The challenge before them is to keep up with the technological advancements and incorporate newer forms of content. Aggregation and concerted initiatives to amplify various campaigns without relying on paid services is also a growing need.
This has also been accompanied with challenges of corporate and state control in myriad forms facing the online spaces that need to be confronted and resisted. The slicing and compartmentalisation of internet in terms of access, speed and consumer groups is already underway by other means, despite the TRAI’s unequivocal verdict last year against Free Basics, upholding net neutrality. We have also witnessed selective targetting and trolling of activist web platforms. Social media platforms, video aggregators and search engines have also indulged in such censorship in several cases.
We invite you to this one-day seminar in Delhi to discuss these urgent issues. Besides individuals and groups running alternative online platforms, experts of mainstream, web and social media as well as activists and students would also participate in the discussion. Strategies to collaborate across platforms, expanding online presence of dissenting voices and people’s movements and collectively responding to various challenges would be discussed.
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