Foto - Gerardo Obieta middelThanks to Internet and Social Media, individual citizens and civil society groups have the possibility to reach a wide audience. Where mobilization and activism used to be organised by more established institutions like trade unions and larger organisations, now it is within almost anyone’s reach start a campaign. But is this new form of social advocacy effective?

This debate will explore the relevance of internet and social media in advocating for political and social change. What is the power of social media in the Global South? Can the digital revolution emancipate the most vulnerable groups? Can physical distances be bridged by virtual connections? And what is the actual impact that can be achieved?

Nighat Dad

Nighat Dad is the Director of Digital Rights Foundation, Pakistan. Digital Rights Foundation is a research based advocacy not-for-profit organization focusing on ICTs to support human rights, democratic processes and digital governance. She is also an independent development consultant, a researcher and a professional lawyer, with extensive experience in cyber laws. Earlier this year, Dad has been recognised as Next Generation Leader by TIME Magazine on her work on online violence against women.

Henri Beunders
Henri Beunders is professor in Developments in Public Opinion. Between 1990 and 2005 he held the Chair History of Society, Media and Culture at the Erasmus School of History, Media & Culture in Rotterdam. Earlier in his career he worked as foreign correspondent and research journalist. He has led several international research projects in regard to digital media and wrote several books.

Date: 15 December 2015
Time: 16:00 – 17:30 (door open 15:30)
Location: ISS, Kortenaerkade 12, Den Haag
Admission: €7,50 (including a drink) – free for students and SID members