Vlogging as Advocacy / Expression Under Repression

boingboing.tv has on Ethan Zuckerman of Global Voices to talk about how videobloggers in Tunisia are producing videos that challenge government repression and the fallout from expressing themselves freely — having their conferences and workshops infiltrated by state police thugs, and activists being arrested for participating.

Tunisian Vloggers
(Click to play at boingboing.tv)

This reminded me of the sex worker activists and allies in Cambodia who are making karaoke protest videos, taking pop songs and imagery to remix political messages into a format that people across language and literacy differences can resonate with. Also cool connection: Tactical Tech Collective, who has been working with the Open Society Institute and global sex worker activists since last Spring to bring tech and advocacy together, was in Tunis at the conference discussed int the video above — more on that story here.

And of course it makes me even more excited for what RedLightDistrictChicago has in store for us for renegade video in July at the Desiree conference…!

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