Blogging to Change The World
This talk will present profiles of bloggers who are working to bring accountability to authoritarian governments, fight corruption, call for reform, and combat human rights abuses. Serving as independent news sources filling gaps left by print media, these bloggers face arrest, detention or worse in order to speak out. This talk will look at real bloggers who are using the written word to fight against human rights abuses, and talk about how people around the world can work to keep these bloggers safe.
Speaker: Rainey Reitman leads the activism team at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (https://www.eff.org), a nonprofit civil liberties law firm and advocacy center that focusses on technology issues. In that role, she writes about and orchestrates activism campaigns related to online privacy, government surveillance, software patents, copyright proposals (US and international), and other issues related to tech policy. Recent projects include Global Censorship Chokepoints (https://globalchokepoints.org), a website dedicated to tracking censorship through copyright proposals around the world and coordinating global efforts to combat them, and Defend Innovation (https://defendinnovation.org), a campaign to address the abusive software patent system. Reitman earned her BA from Bard College in Multidisciplinary Studies: Creative Writing, Russian & Gender Studies.
Why is it that it seems like the US blogosphere is always a couple of years ahead of the rest of the world? Is it really a matter of a regional mentality, that all these talented writers around the globe can't get the same amount of publicity as their US counterparts? It's time to make the shift into the age of the personal brands and the best way to do this, is to learn from popular and successful entrepreneurs from the United States!
Speaker: Sascha Pallenberg (潘賞世) is a Techblogger living in Taipei who's constantly travelling between Asia, the US and Europe. In addition to this Sascha provides keynote addresses and is just Gung-ho about technology. As a well known mobile computing expert he got featured on websites like TIME, Wallstreet Journal, Washington Post, Guardian, Businessinsider, Times of India and earned the Smart Mobile Pundit Award for the 20 most influential Bloggers/Journalists in 2009, 2010 and 2011.