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The workshop will be a one day event gathering experts in applied ethics, sociology and public policy to discuss the nature, ethical implications and social impact of 'Cyber-activism'.'The ethics of cyber-activism' workshop is to be held with the support of the Department of Politics and International Studies and the Institute of Advanced Study of the University of Warwick.

This is an emerging phenomenon, which has recently become more prominent thanks to the actions of a group called Anonymous. In brief, cyber-activism is an evolution of hacking activities motivated by political and ethical reasons directed at both public institutions and private citizens.

Questions to be addressed:
  • How best can we define Cyber-activism and relate it to other uses of the web?
  • What are the ethical implications of Cyber-activism, and how do these differ from the implications of other forms of political activism?
  • In what respects is Cyber-activism a new way of participating in the political and social life of contemporary societies?
The workshop will be held on February 21st 2014 at the International manufacturing laboratory on the University of Warwick Campus

Time Speaker Topic
10:00 Opening Remarks  
10.15 - 10.45 Lee Salter (University of Sussex) Media Understandings of Cyberactivism: Ethics and power in public discourse
10.45 - 11.00 Coffee  
11.00 - 11.30 Keren Elazari Unmasking Anonymous - the Global hacker movement
11.30 - 12.00 George Lucas, Jr (US Naval University) Three ways of being a cyber Hacktivist
12.00 - 12.30 Stefania Milan (Tilburg University / Citizen Lab) Ethics of technology and ethics of organising: the Cyberactivists; struggle for moral values in cyberspace
12.30 - 13.00 Tomothy Jordan (KCL) Generations of Hactivism
13.00 - 14.30 Lunch  
14.30 - 15.00 Louis Reynolds (DEMOS) Service generation: a step change in youth social action
15.00 - 15.30 Simon Lindgren (Umea University, Sweden) Global media, Local movements: The role of local context in social media mobilisation
15.30 - 16.00 Pollyanna Ruiz (LSE) Activism, Anonymity, Accountability
16.00 - 16.30 Coffee  
16.30 - 17.00 Carolyn Gideon Spill over effects of Cyber Activism and policy implication
17.00 - 17.30 Roundtable  

(To find out further information regarding each session and the speaker, please click on the associated link)

Building 28 (See below)

Where is the International Manufacturing Laboratory?

International manufacturing laboratoryLocation of IML

Contact details:

For information regarding the event, please contact:

Dr. Mariarosaria Taddeo
PAIS, University of Warwick

m dot taddeo at warwick dot ac dot uk

If you would like to attend this workshop, please email s dot m dot parsons at warwick dot ac dot uk