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The Role of Online Activism in Social and Political Movements

1..0 substantive credits in PA, IL, CT, 1.5 substantive credits in NY, NJ, FL

This panel will examine the reality of using social media and online communication platforms to create and fuel social and political change. The use of social networking platforms and online communities by activists is widespread in the U.S. and internationally; these tools have seemingly unparalleled power to connect people and create social and political awareness. However, the ubiquitous use of these technologies cannot help but raise questions about their impact and the new concerns they create for social justice. This panel aims to explore the longer-term impact and concerns of relying on social media to fuel social momentum and activism, including how we measure the success of social and political movements, the legal and governmental response to online activism, and how online organizing and awareness translate into our non-digital reality.

Panelists:

Amy Laura Cahn, Esq., Director, Garden Justice Legal Initiative at the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia

Jennifer Ellis, Esq., Lowenthal & Abrams

Vincent Harris, CEO, Harris Media

Noah T. Winer, Senior Partner, Dragonfly Partners LLC

Guobin Yang, Associate Professor of Communication and Sociology, Annenberg School for Communication and Department of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania


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