The recent irruption of WikiLeaks, Anonymous, Edward Snowden, Cambridge Analytica and other tech-savvy actors onto the global political stage raises urgent questions about the impact of digital activism on political systems around the world.
Drawing from his recent book, The Rise of Nerd Politics, John will explore the role that such actors play in sparking and managing new processes of political change in the digital age.
John will guide us through the rise of techno-political ‘nerds’ as a new class of political brokers with growing influence globally.
We will visit data activism, digital rights, social protest and formal politics.
The talk and discussion will offer a pertinent reflection on the present and future of political change at a time of growing polarisation and uncertainty.