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Un-Conference on Social Media and Activism

Posted in Conferences & Meetings, technology by Sarah on October 6, 2009

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and George Mason University’s Center for History and New Media will be hosting a one day working meeting to look at the role of  Social Media in activism.  The title of the (un-)conference is “The Conscience  Un-Conference: Using Social Media for Good” and will take place in Washington D.C. on December 5, 2009.

From the webpage:

Can a tweet confront hatred? Can tagging photos prevent prejudice? Can a Facebook fan page promote human dignity? Can a mobile phone strengthen democracy?

The Conscience Un-Conference: Using Social Media for Good is a free, one-day “un-conference” co-hosted by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and George Mason University’s Center for History and New Media. It intends to bring together interesting and interested people to talk about the problems, practicalities, and opportunities of using social media to further the missions of “institutions of conscience”—those concerned with violence and atrocities, human rights, and related issues.

The “un-conference” will be held on Saturday, December 5, 2009 from 8:30am to 5:30pm at the Museum in Washington, DC. Applications are due by Tuesday, October 13, 2009. Learn more and apply.

The point of this meeting is to consider the increasing use of social media in public institutions (e.g., museums or libraries) and how this relates to concerns about control of collections, security of individuals, sensitive materials, or sensitive populations, and those “who hold in trust the memories of victims of tyranny, human rights abuses, and genocide.”  The goal of the un-conference is to hash out these issues  as institutions increasingly participate in platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, blogs, and the like.  There is no set agenda–it is to be a working meeting between attendees and serve as a starting point for devising practices for the responsible use of social media within public institutions.

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