Annenberg doctoral candidate Elisabetta Ferrari will be presenting a talk titled, "Appropriation, Negotiation, Challenge: How the Technological Imaginaries of Contemporary Social Movements Respond to Silicon Valley." In her talk, Ferrari will ask: What is the political meaning of digital technologies for contemporary left-wing social movements? How do activists envision the role of technology in their struggles for social justice? Ferrari will tackle these questions by presenting her ongoing dissertation work on the “technological imaginaries” of contemporary social movements in Hungary, Italy, and the United States. She will talk about three ways in which movements respond to the dominant vision of technology perpetrated by Silicon Valley – appropriation, negotiation, and challenge – based on their different national and local political contexts.
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Elisabetta Ferrari is a Ph.D. Candidate at the Annenberg School for Communication. She is interested in the relationship between social movements, protest, and digital technologies. Her research explores how the ways in which people use and think about digital technologies play a role in their struggles for social justice. Elisabetta holds a B.A. in International Studies from the University of Bologna (Italy) and an M.A. in Political Science, with a specialization in Political Communication, from Central European University (Budapest, Hungary).