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Hijacking the medium of public space #519
[ UUID ] 660dc3a0-1a9d-4e98-9209-0df83ed24b56
[ Session Name ] Hijacking the medium of public space
[ Submitter's Name ] Wael Eskandar
[ Submitter's Github ] @weskandar
What will happen in your session?
I will present past experiences in Egypt where public space was completely open to do anything and we chose to move media and information to the street as a public medium capable of transmitting information collected by citizens and other outlets inaccessible to the public. I will ask participants to contribute as to what else can be brought to the public and how. We shall traverse obstacles of reclaiming public space and discuss new ways of utilizing it other than protests and graffiti.
What is the goal or outcome of your session?
The session will attempt to understand the importance of utilizing public space and why it seems to be so carefully guarded by the state. Conventional methods such as television and radio operate either under rules of censorship or rules of profit making and corporate and political interests. It is important to find new ways of bypassing this sort of bias. But just like the Egyptian experience of bringing information out to the open using public space as a medium, perhaps more can be delivered such as skills and tools as well as a different perspective, particularly to people whose physical spaces deter them for accessing the virtual spaces we all do on the internet.
If your session requires additional materials or electronic equipment, please outline your needs.
@weskandar Thanks for submitting this proposal. The use of public space is so important. We have a limited number of travel and accomodation stipends to go around and these are now pretty much all assigned. Do you think you be able to come and run this session without the aid of a stipend?
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The topic is utilizing public space. I will screen a short video demonstrating past experiences of utilizing public space, will present some technology ideas that deliver information to people with limited access and I shall ask for input in the session as to how we can better utilize spaces to deliver technology/internet/messaging that help neutralize the bias present in public spaces.
The time needed would be 60 minutes as it is an interactive session where participants can share their experiences and debate their contexts.
Besides a projector, sound speakers for the short video screened.
This is a participatory brainstorming session of sorts that will hope to produce new ideas from past experiences.