The event consists of work Sessions divided into the following themes:
S1 – Meanings and qualities of networked actions
Coordinator – Massimo Di Felice (ATOPOS-ECA/USP)
Vice-coordinator – Antonio Rafele (ATOPOS-ECA/USP)
Contemporary ecological cultures, the practices of sustainability, the movements of digital net-activism which have marked the Arab spring and the continuous protests in all latitudes through forms of conflict realized by means of social networks, are expressions of a new type of social action, no longer directed to the external, nor only a result of practices provoked by an informative or technical conditioning. It is a conjunction of actions which do not happen any more simply in the interior of political frameworks, as well as combined by Western European traditions, that is, tied to the unique determination of subject-actor, conceptually oriented, which are delineated as the result of co-actions and of interactions between diverse “actants”, presenting itself however, as the expression of a new dwelling culture which expresses itself through complex forms of interdependence. Net-activism is the conjunction of collaborative actions which result from the synergy of actors of diverse natures, people, informational circuits, devices, digital social networks, informative territories, presenting itself, according to this perspective, as a constitution of a new type of ecology (eko-logos) no longer oppositional and separating, in which one Eco-system dimension unites its diverse members in a new type of social, not linked only by the human scope of the “socius”, but expanding to the other technical entities, informative, territorial, of a reticular and connective form.
S2 – Segfault: conflicts between laws, norms and the digital in networked actions
Coordinator – Alexandre Hannud Abdo (FM/USP)
Vice-coordinator – Leandro Yanaze (Poli-ATOPOS/USP)
Segmentation Fault: the response of an operating system to attemps by some code to access resources beyond its expected and assigned boundaries.
This work group will receive reflections about synchronisms, dissonances, and conflicts among the diverse codes present in networked activism. Arising from digital technology, from societal norms, from institutionalized State law, these codes meet and shock in their continuous parallel execution within the ecological machinery which, in the long term, is also a stage for the codes of life.
From these shocks, fusions and overlaps, the architecture of the real is sculpted, or perhaps, evolves, in a process that mixes the organic and the intentional. In any case, between the splinters on the floor remain questions of meaning, possibilities, controls, powers, rights, and ethics.
Thus, a clear and deeper understanding of the limits and interfaces between these codes is foundational to both contemplate the meaning of action, as well as guide the development of the codes themselves, the themes and contexts of the other work groups.
S3 – Net activism of local cultures and the “e-diaspora”
Coordinator – Dana Diminescu (ParisTech and the Fondation Maison de Sciences de l’Homme)
Vice-coordinator – Eliete Pereira (ATOPOS-ECA/USP) e Mariana Marchesi (ATOPOS-ECA/USP)
The interactive specifities of communicative digital technologies, besides providing the emergence of actions of new subjects (hackers, crackers and others), are causing the digital interaction of groups, cultures, and local knowledge traditionally rendered invisible by the mass communicative technologies and significantly transforming the migratory experiences of these populations. Such communicative action of the groups in digital networks evidences the diversity and the new possibilities of empowerment, visibility, and new significance of cultural heritage of communities and collectives united around the interactions with the new technologies of participation. The quality of this net-activism of cultures and local knowledge, and of groups in a situation of diaspora present in digital networks, shows, on one side, the amplification of the public sphere and of the new significances of migrations, in front of a new context of digital ecology. In this sense, the objective of this GT is to receive works which intend to analyze the relationship between net-activism, activism in digital networks, and the re-elaboration and emergence of identities and cultural knowledge local/traditional, as well as studies which investigate the dimensions of the “e-diaspora”, the contemporary migrations in their connected phase.
S4 – Environmental Net-activism
Coordinator – Mario Pireddu (University of Rome, Three)
Vice-coordinator – Julliana Cutolo (ATOPOS-ECA/USP), Beatriz Redko (ATOPOS-ECA/USP) and Fernanda Moreira (ATOPOS-ECA/USP)
The advent of social digital networks and of the various ways of digitization and of monitoring the territory and of the environment in general, is causing a new ecological sensibility which is articulated in various aspects. In the first place, the various ways of measurement permitted by the satellite imaging systems and of data digitization, as well as the various ways of monitoring the environmental impact of our social-economic system, have contributed to the formation of a virtuous relationship between the digital technologies and the environment. In second place, this aspect of the digitization of the environment has contributed to public access to data and specific information, widespread in digital format, about our environmental impact, and, contemporaneously to the socialization of good practices and for a more integrated culture between the populations and their territories, making notorious those actions that have had a positive success in various places. In their place, and as a consequence of all this, the digital networks have transformed themselves into a privileged campus for debate and for green activism, whose objective is to denounce in various ways the polluting actions of enterprises and governments and, at same time, to create reticular forms of activism, capable of implementing battles and campaigns at the world level, in many cases capable of reaching their objectives. This GT will provide world examples of the various forms of environmental activism which have as mark the utilization of digital networks of interaction.
S5 – Net activism and consumption practices
Coordinator – Eneus Trindade (ECA/USP)
Vice-coordinator – Dora Kaufman (ATOPOS-ECA/USP)
The theme of this GT seeks to comprise the net-activist practices related to brands or enterprises, which suffer a direct influence by the consumer on their positioning, services, processes and final product. Thus, the search to understand the new market dynamics which have emerged with the network culture, which have resulted in the birth of a new consumer profile, the digital consumer or ‘prosumer’: active being, capable not only of consuming, but of producing and spreading its opinion on a global scale. In this new order, the idea that the industry detains the power is inverted, as the consumer (prosumer) generates demands, and by means of net activist practices, exercises pressure and makes demands directly to the responsible, These demands can have their foundation in the most diverse themes, as product quality, animal rights, environment preservation, social responsibility. It is an expression of a new type of market in which the industry no longer has the cards, because the exchange of opinions and experiences of the prosumers has unlimited reach and generates repercussions on a large scale, influencing other consumers and consequentially the posture and the attitude of the large enterprises. This form of activist consumption is intimately related to the exercise of a participatory culture, essential characteristic of a post-modern society and linked to a new ecological paradigm which has emerged with digital networks. The new forms of online participation have evidenced the arrival of a different future, in which the consumer gains the power to modify the product, the system, and even society. Thus the GT of “net activism and consumption practices” aims to place in discussion the new role which the consumers have assumed in the context of networks, relating net-activistic practices and the emergence of a new market dynamic and social paradigms.
S6 – From representative democracy to digital democracy
Coordinator – André Lemos (UFBA)
Vice-coordinator – Erick Roza (ATOPOS-ECA/USP)
For the first time in the history of mankind, communication has become a process of flux in which the old distinctions between the emitter, the connector and the receptor are confused and exchanges are made between them until are established other dynamics of interaction, impossible to be represented by the models of traditional communication paradigms.vThe construction of a social network, characterized by informative digital interactive circuits obliges us to think of new forms of social participation. The traditional mechanisms of the exercise of democracy, with political parties and parliament, are being significantly transformed with the advent of digital informative technologies of participation. This GT will have as objective to reflect on this passage from representative democracy to the digital democracy, the emerging aspects of this new informative architecture of participation.
S7 – Media activism and digital activism
Coordinator – Giselle Beiguelman (FAU-USP)
Vice-coordinator – Andre Stangl (ATOPOS-ECA/USP)
This main theme is related to the cultural and artistic aspects of action and confrontations in a network. In this sense we have the actions of the organized artistic collectives and the actions of diffuse and temporary groups. Authors like Henry Jenkins, among others, have identified in the interactive practices of the entertainment culture, signs of a participatory conscience which ends by functioning as a laboratory of a virtual citizenship experience. Phenomena like the fan culture (where consumers interfere and recreate the work of their idols), games (the players end up influencing the course of the game industry), reality shows (as narrative language and participatory experience), hashtags (many times linked to television events which can be redefined by the public), file sharing (the convergence among the industry, the public and the artists), etc.