The Technology Management graduate program at Georgetown University recently partnered with CiviliNation to conduct a video contest promoting cybercivility. Students Maura Imparato, Phuong Nguyen and Kevin McDonald (Nguyen and McDonald were a part of the first graduating class last month) led this project as a gift to the university as they felt it would would have a long-lasting and important impact.
As part of the contest, Georgetown students were invited to submit a short video pledging to promote online civility, responsible online discourse and free speech, and enter to win a private dinner on June 13 with CiviliNation founder Andrea Weckerle and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, who also serves on CiviliNation’s board of directors. Congratulations to the winning students! You can see their videos here: Saurabh Rohatgi (2 videos), Rui Manuel, Minjeong Cho and Aswathi Kunnath.
Immediately preceding the dinner, Weckerle and Wales are giving a presentation on “Upholding the Core Ideals of Democracy and Freedom of Speech: The Need for Civil Digital Discourse” which is open to the public. If you are in the Washington D.C. area and would like to attend, please RSVP here.
The Technology Management Program invites you to
The Need for Civil Digital Discourse
– a conversation with –
Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia
Andrea Weckerle, founder of CiviliNation
Monday, June 13, 2011
Copley Formal Lounge
The Internet enables everyone to share their thoughts and ideas with others around the world. Unfortunately, instances of online hostility are also increasing in frequency and severity. Online hostility has become a global epidemic that not only negatively effects victims, but also society as a whole.
Andrea Weckerle, founder of CiviliNation, and Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia and a board member of CiviliNation, will talk about the severity of online hostility, its emotional, physical and reputational effects on victims, and why a true expression of freedom of speech requires the creation of a healthy online environment where everyone can fully engage and contribute without fear or threat of being the target of unwarranted abuse, harassment, or lies. Weckerle and Wales will explain why freedom of expression is a fundamental human right that no one should have taken away from them by being shut down or silenced.