SXSW Follow-Up: Understanding Global Memes and the LOLs of Nations

The second day of SXSW I spoke on the panel, The LOLs of Nations: Understanding Global Memes, looking at the role of memes in civic life around the world, focusing specifically on Azerbaijan, Mexico, Romania, Uganda, and Kenya. I joined Andres Monroy-Hernandez, who discussed Mexican memes and Elena Agapie, who »

Journalism and Citizens: Reflections on Lessons Learned at SXSW

Spending a week in Austin, TX for my first SXSW conference was exciting, but the opportunity to be a panelist discussing social change memes around the world alongside accomplished scholars and researchers was thrilling. Our panel, The LOLs of Nations: Understanding Global Memes, was a great success, and a recap »

Cultural Specificity and Conceptions of Privacy: An Interview with Vietmeme (Part 3 of 3)

In the final section of a three-part interview with Patrick Sharbaugh of Vietmeme,we look at the culture of the internet and how the internet is shifting citizens’ world views. See Part One and Part Two. Tell us a bit about your research into the culture of Vietnam’s internet. Vietnam’s Internet culture differs from »

Censorship and Surveillance on Vietnam’s Web: An Interview With Vietmeme (Part 2 of 3)

Shortly before the end of 2013, we published the first of a three-part interview with Patrick Sharbaugh of Vietmeme, focusing on civic life in Vietnam as seen through and influenced by the web. We continue that discussion with the second in our series, looking at censorship and surveillance within the country. Some »

Year of the Selfie: Why Owning Our Self-Representation Matters

Editor’s Note: You might remember Ben Valentine’s take on the “protest selfie”, a look at how the selfie has been used as a form of political expression around the world. We thought it would be great to look more closely at the selfie in context, and why 2013 really has become »

Civic Engagement Through Play: An Interview With Vietmeme (Part 1 of 3)

A new publication we’ve been reading, Vietmeme, focuses on civic life in Vietnam as seen through and influenced by the web. After interviewing Anh-Minh Do from the Tech in Asia about the Vietnamese internet, I found that Vietmeme founder Patrick Sharbaugh’s work, expertise, and unique position of having a deep »

The Honeymoon’s Over: Reflecting on Internet Utopianism and the Arts

A couple weeks ago, Ben Valentine and I had a chance to speak at the Yerba Buena Center’s Dissident Futures Art and Ideas Festival alongside arts/tech writer and researcher Dorothy Santos.  Our topic was, simply, “The Honeymoon’s Over—Arts and Culture Criticism in the Age of Networked Power”, a look at utopian »

Humor and Visibility: A Chat With the Person Behind #BisexualFacts

I’m really proud of #bisexualfacts today. Good day for laughing instead of being angry. — ASSHOLE WIZARD GIRL™ (@verylemonade) December 2, 2013 Point of clarification: #bisexualfacts the HT itself was not my invention, it got used a couple years back — ASSHOLE WIZARD GIRL™ (@verylemonade) December 2, 2013 but I »

A Survey of the Protest Selfie

The Protest Selfie is one of the most common means of identifying with a movement today. The Protest Selfie is the easiest coupling of text or image with one individual; this is how we tell our network, “This is me, and I am for this.” While a selfie is usually »

Light Saber Police Duels and Decree 72: An Interview with Tech in Asia’s Anh Minh Do

We at The Civic Beat want to elevate the work of important resources and netizens from all over the world. Tech in Asia is an important resource for anyone wanting to know about the burgeoning tech scene in Asia. Anh-Minh Do, an Editor for Tech in Asia, is definitely someone »