A joint Chicago Chapter ACM / Loyola University Computer Science Department meeting
Loyola University Water Tower Campus (Chicago/Michigan Area)
111 E. Pearson Street, Chicago IL 60611
Beane Ballroom (13th Floor, Lewis Towers) Campus map
Admission: Free (General Admission, No Reserved Seats)
RSVP on the Chicago ACM website (chicagoacm.org)
"Is Social Networking Useless for Social Change?" asks the Huffington Post, or is Social Networking really capable of shifts of political and economic power?
Media accounts of recent events in Egypt and Tunisia cite bloggers, anonymous or otherwise, as key catalysts. Do these social networking "players" actually affect social change or are they just casually and vicariously involved spectators to greater events?
Do proponents of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, et al overemphasize the effectiveness of these networks? Or are the critics of social networks such as Malcolm Gladwell out of touch with true changes in political organizing and communication?
In addition to the question of effectiveness, who really controls these networks and what is their agenda - if any?
We will hear from an interdisciplinary panel:
- Steve Jones of UIC's Department of Communication, a noted contributor to WBEZ.
- Peter Schraeder of Loyola's Political Science Department, who was in Tunisia at the time of its revolution.
- Peter Dordal of Loyola's Computer Science Department, a networks specialist who has an interest in social, ethical, and legal issues in computing.
The panel and you, the audience, will discuss this timely subject where technology meets politics, economics, and freedom.
While there will be light refreshments available, feel free to "brown bag" it and bring in food from the outside to eat during the social hour.