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Wednesday, September 2 • 18:00 - 20:00
Digital resistance to disrupt corruption and impunity: benefits, limitations and dynamics

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While there is ongoing debate in media and academic circles about the role of new technologies in fighting corruption and impunity, this session looks at the actual track record – grass-roots strategies, experiences and insights. Together, we can identify the benefits, limitations and dynamics of digital resistance to disrupt corruption and behavior that leads to impunity, and magnify peoples’ voices to achieve positive change.

The resource people in this session have first-hand experience in digital resistance – which is nonviolent action conducted in the digital realm using digital tactics. They have played key roles in movements and campaigns mobilizing citizens either in their own countries or transnationally to curb corruption, as well as to expose and undermine impunity through innovative applications of information and communication technologies often combined with on-the-ground action. They also have experience in using digital tactics to garner media attention to corruption and impunity.

This fishbowl interactive session will highlight the phenomenon of digital resistance through innovative grass-roots campaigns targeting corruption, impunity and unaccountability, and tap the experiences of all the participants in the session. We will examine the potential of digital resistance to mobilize society against impunity, applications to disrupt behavior that results from impunity, the need for digital and on-the-ground synergies, economies of scale, the roles of strategy and tactical selection, and the difference between an online tool and a digital people power tactic. The session will also feature game-changing approaches from digital resistance campaigns - through an interactive fishbowl format and group cross-fertilization of experiences, strategies, and lessons learned. Digital resistance is not a panacea; we will jointly consider its strategic benefits, as well as caveats and limitations.

Participants in this session will:Gain insights into the need for digital and on-the-ground synergies, and the role of context in effective digital resistance


  1. Be able to identify the roles of strategy and tactical selection, and the difference between an online tool and a digital people power tactic.

  2. Learn about digital resistance advantages, such as economies of scale, and also its caveats and limitations.

  3. Understand how people power is wielded in the digital realm to curb corruption and impunity.


Speakers
avatar for Maite Azuela

Maite Azuela

Co-founder, Dhp (Quit Playing Dumb)
Holds a Master's degree in Public Policy and Public Administration by Concordia University of Montreal, Canada, and an Undergraduate degree in Political Science and Public Administration by the Iberamerican University of Mexico City. She has worked in the Mexican government both in the Federal and Local Electoral Institute, as well as the Federal Institute for Access to Public Information and Data Protection (IFAI). She is founder of DHP* (Quit... Read More →
avatar for Darko Brkan

Darko Brkan

President, Ug Zasto Ne
activist with an idea or two on civic movements and use of tech, watchdogging the government and promoting equality and accountability along the way
avatar for Lorenzo Delesgues

Lorenzo Delesgues

Director, Delsol
Lorenzo Delesgues is director of DELSOL and  the creator of the app Proxibuzz, a new approach to citizen’s relation with the state. In 2005, he founded and directed Integrity Watch Afghanistan until January 2011, whose mission is to increase transparency, integrity and accountability in Afghanistan through the provision of policy-oriented research, development of monitoring tools and facilitation of policy dialogue.  | He is... Read More →
avatar for Sabrine Abu Sabaa

Sabrine Abu Sabaa

Co-Founder And Spokesperson, Shayfeencom
Sabrine Abu Sabaa is a co-founder and spokesperson of the civil group Shayfeencom (We're watching you). | Shayfeencom is a popular movement, working on monitoring the legality and integrity of the presidential and parliamentary elections in Egypt through the participation of the public. The movement aims to end corruption in the governmental and non-governmental institutions through public monitoring, and aims to educate the public to... Read More →

Session Coordinators
avatar for Darko Brkan

Darko Brkan

President, Ug Zasto Ne
activist with an idea or two on civic movements and use of tech, watchdogging the government and promoting equality and accountability along the way

Rapporteur
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Anna Milovanovic-Fazliu

Co-founder, 5th Pillar Macedonia
Anna Milovanovic-Fazliu is the co-founder of 5th Pillar Macedonia- soon to fight corruption from the grassroots in Macedonia. She is also an editorial and marketing assistant for the Alliance for Peacebuilding’s Building Peace Forum and holds an LLM from the University of Kent at Brussels. | | Themes: Macedonia, grassroots organizing against corruption, peacebuilding, Balkans, ROL.


Wednesday September 2, 2015 18:00 - 20:00
Hall 4

Attendees (36)