Interactive Civil Liberties Human Rights Conference ~ Saturday, December 1 ~ VenueSIX10, 610 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago

I’ve got an iPhone, how do I get involved? On-line activism today

Time: 1:45 pm – 2:45 pm
Location: Landmark Room – 10th floor

Moderator: Stel Valavanis, President, onShore
Maude Carroll, Online Advocacy Coordinator, ACLU of Illinois
Karl Fogel, Executive Director of
Chuck Mertz, Host of This Is Hell! on WNUR 89.3 FM

The incredible power of on-line organizing and activism makes clear that it is a powerful tool for advancing public policy in a digital age. The uproar over the decision by Susan G. Komen to de-fund Planned Parenthood spread like wildfire across social media platforms Twitter and Facebook. Electoral campaigns of all sorts used emails and social media to maintain regular contact with supporters and voters in an effort to organize and mobilize forces.

How is the use of social media and on-line tools changing activism today? The panel will explore this question and explore the benefits and limitations of on-line activism today as well as talking about how you can use your own networks on social media to achieve changes in policy.

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