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Social media tools: from chatting to change

How have social media technologies such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Wikipedia evolve from purely social networking and crowdsourcing tools to funda- mental ingredients of the Revolution 2.0? How can a digital revolution be embra- ced by non-tech savvy activists or in countries that restrict information? Learn how technology has been adopted and used by digital activists, and where the limits are.
Speaker: Ethan Zuckerman
Moderator: Phan Đình Quốc

Ethan Zuckerman
Ethan Zuckerman is director of the Center for Civic Media at MIT, and a principal research scientist at MIT’s Media Lab. His research focuses on the distribution of attention in mainstream and new media, the use of technology for international development, and the use of new media technologies by activists. With Rebecca Mac- Kinnon, Ethan co-founded international blogging community Global Voices. Global Voices showcases news and opinions from citizen media in over 150 nations and thirty languages, publishing editions in twenty languages. Through Global Voices and through the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, where he served as a researcher and fellow for eight years, Ethan is active in efforts to promote freedom of expression and fight censorship in online spaces. In 2000, Ethan founded Geekcorps, a technology volunteer corps that sends IT specialists to work on projects in developing nations, with a focus on West Africa. Previously Ethan helped found, one of the web’s first ‘‘personal publishing’’ si- tes. He blogs at and lives in the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts, USA with his wife, son and a small, fluffy cat.

Phan Đình Quốc
Quoc D. Phan is currently the General Secretary of the Len Duong International Vietnamese Youth Network. He has been actively involved in the Vietnamese American community for more than 15 years. Quoc has led numerous international grassroots campaign efforts aiming to empower Vietnamese Americans and advocate for social issues and human rights in Vietnam. Quoc is a founding member of uNAVSA and co-chaired the Third and Fifth International Vietnamese Youth Conferences, which yielded over 1000 participants from 18 countries. The conferences were organized by the Len Duong International Vietnamese Youth Network and various Vietnamese youth organizations worldwide. In his leadership role, Quoc also Co-chairs the 6th International Vietnamese Youth Conference.