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ierg_logo.jpgThe ethics of cyber-activism workshop ias_logo_small.jpg

The workshop was 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 was 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 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 was held on February 21st 2014 at the International manufacturing laboratory on the University of Warwick Campus

Time Speaker Synopsis Slide pack
10:00 Opening Remarks    
10.15 - 10.45 Lee Salter (University of Sussex) Media Understandings of Cyberactivism: Ethics and power in public discourse Media Understandings of Cyberactivism: Ethics and power in public discourse(PDF Document)
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 Ethics of technology & ethics of organising (PDF Document)
12.30 - 13.00 Tomothy Jordan (KCL) Generations of Hactivism Generations of hactivism (PDF Document)
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 Activism, Anonymity, Accountability(PDF Document)
16.00 - 16.30 Coffee    
16.30 - 17.00 Carolyn Gideon Spill over effects of Cyber Activism and policy implication Spillover effects of cyberactivism and policy implication (PDF Document)
17.00 - 17.30 Roundtable