Getting from No to Go: Social Media-Fueled Protest Style From Arab Spring to Gezi Protests in Turkey; The New Nollywood

October 10, 2013

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Getting from No to Go: Social Media-Fueled Protest Style From Arab Spring to Gezi Protests in Turkey

Tuesday, October 15, 12:30pm ET, Berkman Center for Internet & Society, 23 Everett St, 2nd Floor. This event will be webcast live.

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What can we learn from the protest wave of the last years? How does social media impact the capacity for collective action? Does social media contribute to blunting movement impacts by facilitating horizontal, non-institutional and "leaderless" movements? How do these movements compare with their predecessors like the civil-rights or anti-colonial movements? I discuss these questions by drawing from research on a variety of social movements including the "Arab Spring", European indignados movements, Occupy and Turkey's Gezi protests.

Zeynep Tufekci is an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina, a faculty associate at Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and a fellow at the Center for Information Technology Policy at Princeton University. RSVP Required. more information on our website>

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The New Nollywood

Tuesday, October 22, 12:30pm ET, Berkman Center for Internet & Society, 23 Everett St, 2nd Floor. This event will be webcast live.

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Nigeria's booming movie industry, known as Nollywood, rivals Hollywood and India's Bollywood as one of the world's largest producer of feature films. In less than two decades Nollywood has grown into an industry estimated at $250 million, employing over a million people and producing over 1000 films each year – a major success story in Nigeria’s economy. Nollywood's movies have an audience of millions in Nigeria, throughout Africa and around the world - from Bombay to Brooklyn.

The phenomenon of Nollywood is internationally recognized for quantity of films - but not for quality. The industry faces big challenge stemming from limited financing opportunities and rampant piracy. Today, in an effort to overcome these challenges, leading filmmakers in Nigeria consider themselves part of a growing movement they call “New Nollywood”. This movement refers to an increasing trend of better quality films, stemming from increased access to new technology and equipment, training, new sources of financing, and alternative distribution.

As Nigeria’s most popular entertainment platform, Nollywood is positioned as an extraordinary vehicle for engaging content. Nollywood filmmakers are confronting their society’s critical and controversial issues – including health and corruption. The widespread viewing of Nollywood films speaks to their ability to culturally connect with hundreds of millions of people. Nollywood’s massive and engaged audience is the envy of filmmakers around the world.

Aimee Corrigan is the Co-Director of Nollywood Workshops, a hub for filmmakers in Lagos, Nigeria that supports and delivers movie production and distribution, training, and research.

Colin M. Maclay is the Managing Director of the Berkman Center, where he is privileged to work in diverse capacities with its faculty, staff, fellows and extended community to realize its ambitious goals. His broad aim is to effectively and appropriately integrate information and communication technologies (ICTs) with social and economic development, focusing on the changes Internet technologies foster in society, policy and institutions. RSVP Required. more information on our website>

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DPLAFest

Thursday-Friday, October 24-25, Boston Public Library.

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On October 24-25, 2013 the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) will bring together librarians, archivists, and museum professionals, developers and technologists, publishers and authors, teachers and students, and many others to Boston, MA to celebrate the DPLA’s successful April 2013 launch, its recent milestones, and its future at the first annual DPLAfest.

DPLAfest 2013 — a two-day series of events free and open to the public — will include a reception at the Boston Public Library on the evening of Thursday, October 24 (the reception had been originally planned for April 18, 2013, but was postponed in light of the tragic Boston Marathon bombings on April 15). On Friday, October 25, participants will gather at Northeastern University and the Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) for a full day of workshops, discussions, and other hands-on activities. Registration is now open. more information on our website>

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Molly Crabapple on Art in the Age of the Ubiquitous Image

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Two hundred years ago, artists had the monopoly on image making. Now, every parade or disaster is accompanied by ten thousand twitpics. In a world where mobile technology has made images instantaneous and ubiquitous, what does visual art have left to say? Drawing on her experiences doing illustrated journalism around Guantanamo Bay and the Greek economic crisis, Molly Crabapple -- called “Occupy’s greatest artist” by Rolling Stone -- speaks about the role of art in a world captured by a million cameras. audio on our website>

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Last updated October 10, 2013