Democratization and the Networked Public Sphere with Danah Boyd, Ethan Zuckerman and Trebor Scholz.
Over the past ten years the public spheres have been dramatically expanded by participatory Web-based technologies. As part of its series on The Public Domain, the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School presents a panel discussion to investigate the democratizing potential of the Internet.
The speakers examine the political participation of citizens who contribute news reports to weblogs and wikis, knowledge repositories such as the free online encyclopedia Wikipedia or the open source software archive Freshmeat, Web-based platforms for artistic expression, and mobile wireless devices that allow for political participation such as the organization of protests.
Danah Michele Boyd
Danah Michele Boyd, also known as danah boyd (born 1977) is an American academic, researcher, and blogger best known for media appearances where she speaks about social networking sites such as Friendster and MySpace. Since 2003, she and her research have been quoted on the subject of social networking in dozens of different articles in media sources such as NPR, Wired, MSNBC, USA Today, and The O'Reilly Factor. She was also the subject of a major profile in The New York Times in 2003 and the Financial Times in 2006.
Trebor Scholz is a German-born, New York-based media artist, writer and organizer who works collaboratively and individually in the fields of media art, event-based cultural practice, new media arts education, and media archeology. His works have been exhibited at the the Venice Biennial (with Martha Rosler/The Fleas), Hull Time Based Arts, the Sao Paulo Biennial, the Web Biennial of the Istanbul Museum for Contemporary Art and many other venues. Scholz has facilitated several large scale programs such as "FreeCooperation" (2004, with Geert Lovink), "Right2Fight" (with Dominique Malaquais), "Politics Is Not Enough" (in 2002 at the Santa Fe Art Institute), "At Walmart It Still Looks the Same"(at Bauhaus-University, Weimar and ACC Gallery in 2001), "Crisis in the Middle East" (at The University of Arizona), "Aestheticization of War" (co-curated with Nomads in Residency at PS1), and Kosov@: Carnival in the Eye of the Storm (2000). He has lectured at Symposium on Electronic Arts (Helsinki, Tallin), Multimedia Art Asia Pacific Conference (Singapore), Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art (Helsinki, NIFCA), Stanford University, NewMediaNation (Bratislava, Slovakia), Version3 (N5M, Chicago), Tactical Media Lab at New York University, PS1 (Contemporary Art Center New York City), Haute Ecole d'Art (Geneva, Switzerland), University of California Los Angeles, Dartmouth College, Academy of Visual Arts (Leipzig, Germany), San Francisco State University, University of California San Diego, and The School of the Art Institute in Chicago.
Scholz is currently research fellow at the School of Art and Design Zurich (PhD philosophy of science). He has taught new media, art history and theory at The University of Arizona, and The Bauhaus University, and is assistant professor and researcher at the Department of Media Study, SUNY at Buffalo. In 2004 Scholz founded the Institute for Distributed Creativity.
Ethan Zuckerman is an activist, blogger and geek, living in Western Massachusetts and working in Cambridge as a research fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School. He is co-founder of Global Voices, a project designed to feature citizen-created media from around the world. His research focuses on ways that citizens' media can address longstanding biases in the news media.
Before working at the Berkman Center, Zuckerman founded Geekcorps, a non-profit organization that shipped geeks to the developing world to work with technology entrepreneurs and community internet projects. Prior to that, he was part of the team that founded Tripod.com, one of the early online community companies. When not blogging, researching or making trouble, he chairs the board of directors of Worldchanging.com, sites on the board of Open Society Institute's Information Program and works on a variety of fun tecnology and development projects. His blog is at www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog, and Global Voices is globalvoicesonline.org.