Writer and Journalist Antony Loewenstein discusses his new book, The Blogging Revolution, with writer and academic Kate Crawford.
Kate Crawford is a writer, composer and academic based in Sydney, Australia.
Her most recent book, Adult Themes, is released in Australia through Pan Macmillan.
On Dec 8th, 2006, Adult Themes won the individual category of the Manning Clark House National Cultural Awards. The judges wrote that "Adult Themes significantly raises the standards of debate on the crucial issue of inter-generational relations with grace, humour, engaging prose and rigorous scholarship. It is a landmark contribution to Australian cultural life."
Kate is an Associate Professor in the newly formed Journalism and Media Research Centre at the University of New South Wales. The research centre is headed up by Professor Catharine Lumby, with Professor Gerard Goggin as deputy director. Kate's research focuses on social change and digital cultures, with a particular interest in mobile media. Prior to her life as an academic, she spent a number of years working as a journalist in both Australia and the US, including The Sydney Morning Herald.
Kate is also well-known as an electronic musician and composer, having performed in groups such as B(if)tek, Clone and Terry Nation. She is a co-founder of a new independent record label, Deluxe Mood Recordings, and a long-time contributor to Clan Analogue, the Australian electronic artists' collective. Click here for more on her audio work.
Antony Loewenstein is a Sydney-based freelance journalist, author and blogger. He has written for the Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, The Guardian, Washington Post, Haaretz, The Nation, Sydney's Sun-Herald, Melbourne's Age, Brisbane's Courier Mail,ABC Unleashed, Amnesty International Australia, Adelaide's Advertiser, The Bulletin, Znet, The Big Issue, Counterpunch and many others.
Loewenstein contributed a major chapter to 2004's best-seller, Not Happy, John! on the Hanan Ashrawi affair. His best-selling book on the Israel/Palestine conflict, My Israel Question, was released by Melbourne University Publishing in 2006. A new, updated edition was released in 2007 (and reprinted again in 2008). The book was short-listed for the 2007 NSW Premier's Literary Award.
He was a contributor to the 2008 Verso Books release, A Time to Speak Out: On Israel, Zionism and Jewish Identity.
His second book, The Blogging Revolution, on the Internet in repressive regimes, was released in 2008 by Melbourne University Publishing.
He writes regularly for online magazines New Matilda and Crikey and is a board member of Macquarie University's Centre for Middle East and North African Studies. He is an Honorary Associate at Macquarie University's Department of Politics and International Relations.
He is the co-founder of advocacy group Independent Australian Jewish Voices and contributed to Amnesty International Australia's 2008 campaign about Chinese Internet repression and the Beijing Olympic Games. Loewenstein appears regularly on radio, TV, in public and at universities discussing current affairs and politics.
Antony Loewenstein says the Internet in China has become a space where some government criticism is tolerated, beyond what was possible even a few years ago. Ironically, the Chinese government uses the same technology to monitor its citizens and maintain its image.