I’ve been working on a project for a long time. Finally, this weekend, it’s all coming together.
The project is called SafeMode, and it’s a collection of stories from The World about the intersection of youth and international security.
One of the most exciting topics under this umbrella is the idea of youth activism —how does it compare to the protest culture of the ’60s? What is the role of technology in today’s protests, and has it been helpful or hurtful?
This SXSW, The World is bringing together digital, social and radio to create a massive conversation around this subject.
Digital: On Sunday, The World’s host Marco Werman will sit down for a conversation with UNC professor Zeynep Tufekci at the SXSW Interactive festival in Austin. The conversation,Youth Activism in a Post-Snowden World, will touch on topics that we’ve previously touched on in the show, such as whistleblowing as activism, privacy, social media censorship, hashtag activism, and the role of technology in today’s movements.
Social: We’re asking our SafeMode community: “What was the last protest you attended?” The short videos from the Facebook group will fuel our reporting throughout the weekend.
Radio: Monday’s edition of PRI’s The World will be live from KUT — a full hour looking at youth protests from Austin to Syria. The show will introduce you to traditional activists, digital activists, and photo activists. We will tackle questions about ISIS and activism; diplomacy and activism; and the role of social media for today’s political youth.
You can follow all these elements with the hashtag #SafeMode, a tag we’ll be using across social platforms.