Dispatch 01/03: Bernie’s digital army, protest in Iran and India, hacking the refugee crisis

In collaboration with Mobilisation Lab, here is a recent roundup of grassroots-powered movement news from around the world. To receive the Mobilisation Lab Dispatch directly each week, please sign up here. If you have ideas for reports that should be in future Dispatches, please contact me here.

Grassroots-led campaigning spreads across the US. fascinating look at the distributed organizing approach behind the Bernie Sanders presidential features insights from veteran network organizing strategists Zack Exley and Becky Bond.

Tech networks hacking the crisis in Europe. A roundup of new tech initiatives that have sprung up in support of refugees includes the Berlin-based ReDi School of Digital Integration, which teaches coding skills to new arrivals and Refufee Hero, an AirBnb-like service which matches up refugees with hosts across Europe offering them a place to stay.

Student activism collides with shrinking space for dissent in India. Since 2014, a variety of social complaints have driven waves of grassroots student protest, often woven together by hashtags. These have notably included the #Hokkolorob protests against sexual harassment on campus and the ongoing #JusticeforRohith movement against caste discrimination.

Iranian changemakers are online. Forced undeground following protests in 2009, reformists in Iran have adopted Telegram, a messaging app which ensures privacy and greater security when compared with public social networks.

Jigsaw will incubate digital security projects. Google Chairman Eric Schmitt announced that Jigsaw, the next evolution of Google Ideas, will support projects that help the “billions of people coming online for the first time” in coming years” who will rely on the Internet for access to information and free expression.

People beat robots. Patrick Meier has the story of how local San people arehelping his team identify wildlife populations in aerial drone photos — and doing it faster than sophisticated articial intelligence systems. Great lesson in the power of local knowledge and citizen science.

Protest in 2030. Writer and activist Tom Hardy envisions what acts of dissent might be like if the progression of government surveillance proceeds. It’s not encouraging. [ht @Info_Activism].


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