The I International Congress on Net-Activism will take place on the 6th, 7th, and 8th of November, 2013, at the School of Communications and Arts of the University of São Paulo. The event is academic in nature, yet aims for a trans-disciplinary debate, bringing voices from Brazilian and foreign scholars who research the thematics of activism in digital networks, together with first hand reports from activists.

Renowned international researchers such as Alberto Abruzzese, Michel Maffesoli and Pierre Lévy will be speaking, as well as representatives of the main net-activist movements from Europe, north-Africa, the middle-east and the Americas.

During the event, participants will also be invited to a presentation on a research collaboration which compared the experiences of net-activism in Brazil to those of Portugal, Italy and France. Articulated by the Atopos Research Center and funded by Fapesp, it involved the CECL of the University of Lisbon, the Mediological Center of the IULM in Milan, and the CeaQ of University of the Sorbonne in Paris.

To gather international and local experiences, researches and theoretical reflections in order to improve the knowledge in the field and to progress in the organization of an international observatory of net-activism.

The introduction of digital networks started a process of redefinition of the participatory architectures which have not only redesigning the modalities of participation, but placed in discussion the same architecture of the public sphere, of the opinion leaders and the institutions which generate and measure the political participation of western democracies, the parties, the syndicates, principal ideological movements, etc. Interactive digital networks, social networks and the connectivity are provoking a progressive process of the replacement of the mediators (from culture to economy), encouraging a generalized participation and a “collective voice”,  (G. Vattimo).

In the four corners of the world, citizens through interactive technologies, of access to databases and of the possibility to spread their own content, have started to build networks which in the majority of cases have overcome the opinionated models to develop original collaborative ways of  activism in search of solutions by means of a techno-collective participation.

With examples as broad as the M-15 in Spain, Anonymous, the various Occupy worldwide, the diverse movements composing the Arab Spring, and which continue fighting in North Africa, the Zapatistas and the Movement 132 in Mexico, the 5 Stars Movement in Italy, the Pirate Parties etc, digital networks have inaugurated a new type of collective agreement and new forms of participation which are generating, in diverse contexts and geographies, new architectures of democratic structure, no longer contained to opinions and tied to the principle of delegate-vote, but participatory and active.