TechCrunch: Protesters fly banner-towing plane over Google I/O. “It wouldn’t be a Google I/O without a little bit of controversy. In the middle of today’s keynote, a plane started circling the amphitheater where Google holds its annual conference, towing a protest banner. ‘Google control is not privacy #savelocalnews,’ the banner read.”
Harvard Business Review: The Instagram Army: Activism in the 21st Century. “Eglantina Zingg has leveraged her success as a model, actress, and television personality to become a leader in the fight to create better opportunities for women and girls around the world, such as the soccer program Goleadoras. It’s hardly a new phenomenon for successful, famous people to wield their influence for social change. But in our modern social media, FOMO-driven world, it’s become more essential than ever for people with large followings to harness this unprecedented personal influence to create the positive change we desperately need.” This is a podcast episode which, sadly, does not seem to have a transcript. In my experience HBR is normally really good about that, but this particular podcast (FOMO Sapiens) doesn’t appear to have transcripts for any of its episodes. I have reached out to the podcast host and will update this if I hear back.
Washington Post: How activists used photography to help end slavery. “…while social media makes this act of sharing protest imagery seem like a new innovation, it’s actually an organizing tool with roots almost two centuries old. Antebellum abolitionists pioneered the use of photography as a tool for social movements, and in the process, they heightened their sense of solidarity and urgency, exacerbating the political crisis over slavery.”
Emory Center for Digital Scholarship: Pitts Theology Library launches the Howard Thurman Digital Archive. “The Emory Center for Digital Scholarship (ECDS) is pleased to announce the launch of the Howard Thurman Digital Archive. ECDS supported the Pitts Theology Library in the creation of the website, which highlights materials related to Thurman’s life. The website also hosts audio recordings of many of Thurman’s sermons, speeches, lectures, and interviews.”
The Narwhal: Librarian rushes to archive Alberta’s climate change data before change in government. “University of Alberta librarian Katie Cuyler says industry experts and academics have requested she begin ‘guerrilla archiving’ critical information they fear could disappear under a new United Conservative government.”
Voice of America: Sudan’s Social Media Deemed Major Player in Bashir’s Ouster . “Ousted President Omar al-Bashir and his government restricted popular social media platforms during protests against his government, but millions of Sudanese found ways to circumvent the restrictions and rally others to protest peacefully.”
The Body: Archive Remembers Heroes and History of Black HIV/AIDS Activism. “Several projects are attempting to archive the history of AIDS activism — there’s the ACT UP Oral History Project, Visual AIDS’ Archive Project, and a number of LGBT archives, including the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture’s LGBT archive. And yet much of what has emerged as public memorials of the AIDS epidemic and its heroes has focused on a handful of mostly white activists and organizations. The long history and impact of black AIDS activists, particularly during the early years of the epidemic, are less known. Dan Royles, a writer and assistant professor of history at Florida International University, wants to make sure we know about those stories.”