Manifesto for digital justice makes urgent call for ‘transformative movement’

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20 Sep 2021 Manifesto for digital justice makes urgent call for ‘transformative movement’ FRENCH      SPANISH      GERMAN “Digital technologies are transforming our world and the multiple spaces in which we live and move,” the manifesto begins. “These technologies offer us new ways to communicate, to advocate for our human rights and dignity, and for our voices to be… Read more »

Digital communicators weigh a future with ‘profound values at stake’

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The symposium’s collective input is being compiled into a “Manifesto on Communication for Social Justice in a Digital Age.” There is a great deal at stake, World Council of Churches (WCC) moderator Dr Agnes Abuom noted in her message. “This topic is recent, urgent, and multidimensional, so your input from a variety of disciplines, social contexts, and points of view… Read more »

Communication rights are central to climate justice

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20 Sep 2021 Communication rights are central to climate justice Posted at 00:00h in Comment by Saskia Rowley On 8 August 2021, the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a major reportthat unequivocally links climate change to human activity and predicts more frequent and more severe heat waves, droughts, and floods over the coming years. The report,… Read more »

Digital regulation must be fair, equitable, ethical

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15 Sep 2021 Digital regulation must be fair, equitable, ethical On the last day of the international symposium, Communication for Social Justice in a Digital Age, WACC General Secretary Philip Lee pointed to “signs of hope,” including agreement about the need for a framework that “enables, empowers and transforms, sidesteps power structures and socio-cultural traditions to guarantee the public voices… Read more »

‘Reclaim democratic public communication spaces,’ WACC members, partners urge

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14 Sep 2021 ‘Reclaim democratic public communication spaces,’ WACC members, partners urge WACC members and partners are calling for a movement to “reclaim democratic public communication spaces” in both the analogue and digital spheres, which would strengthen marginalized voices, guarantee the right of citizens to own and control their data, information, and knowledge, and uphold social justice, communication rights and… Read more »

Should churches push harder to resist untruths? Yes, say digital justice thinkers

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14 Sep 2021 Should churches push harder to resist untruths? Yes, say digital justice thinkers If digital social justice begins with connectivity, perhaps it ends when that connectivity is usurped by oppressive regimes, extremists, fake news and hate speech. A “press club”-style conversation on 13 September found theologians, politicians, church communicators, activists and journalists from around the world weighing in on… Read more »

How digital era changed the notion of public space evokes lively debate at Berlin symposium

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Participants were asked about the current online systems being heavily governed by algorithms for large social media platforms and what they thought of accountability in that context. The question of algorithms was raised several times. It was noted that that keynote speaker Dr Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria had raised it the day before. Goran… Read more »

Digital public infrastructure is possible, WACC partner tells global symposium

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14 Sep 2021 Digital public infrastructure is possible, WACC partner tells global symposium WACC partners from India, Palestine and the Philippines on September 13 shared their experiences of working with communities to address digital issues such as digital literacy, policymaking, and creating public platforms with open protocols.  Parminder Jeet Singh (executive director of India-based IT for Change), Jan Michael Yap… Read more »

‘Biblical option for the poor’ must guide digital age, says bishop

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13 Sep 2021 ‘Biblical option for the poor’ must guide digital age, says bishop Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria, on September 13 urged Christians around the world to reflect on digitization and its spiritual, ethical, and political implications and to “do it ecumenically,” not only because of its huge impact on people’s lives, but as… Read more »

Broad support essential to protect civil rights in the digital age

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13 Sep 2021 Broad support essential to protect civil rights in the digital age Saying that it is not only social coherence but “human dignity itself” that is at stake, Dr. Ellen Ueberschär, President of the Heinrich Böll Foundation, urged civil society organizations, faith-based communities, and NGOs to “take up the fight for freedom and dignity” in both digital and offline… Read more »