Organise, Activate,

Social Activism Online in Ireland



Contact Information

Contact Philippe Carr, European Commission Representation in Ireland

Blogging and Social Media Conference
October 4th 2008, European Union House, 18 Dawson Street, Dublin 2

The Irish blogging scene is still in its infancy. It is however gaining more and more prominence as a forum for exchanging views and helps feed mainstream media with ideas. Blogging gives ordinary citizens a platform to speak their mind to a wide audience. It gives people the ability to bypass the traditional media, and engage with others irrespective of geography, income or status. It is truly the most democratic of all media.

Blogging has the opportunity to influence direction and debate of EU policy. Many MEPs and Commissioners maintain regular blogs, which allow them to discuss policy directly with people around the world in a manner that would otherwise be impossible.

In October 2008, the European Commission Representation and the European Parliament Office in Ireland are acting as facilitators for a conference in Ireland. A number of independent bloggers have provided guidance on what they would like to discuss and who they would like to hear speak.

The theme of this event is: Organise, Activate and Influence: Social Activism Online in Ireland. On the day we will discuss ways in which civil society can harness the power of the blog and increase debate on a topic as well as enhance activism. What role does it really have in Ireland and where does the future lie.

The conference will bring together this community offline and allow a free exchange of ideas. Various keynote speakers from Ireland, Europe and the US have been invited to address the conference. Smaller workshops will discuss themes such as good reporting and legal protection for bloggers. An important part of the conference is to give bloggers an opportunity to network.

The day will end with a small reception.

The keynote address is to be delivered by Zack Exley of Thoughtworks Inc who has created the influential American Blog the He has also worked closely in the Barack Obama presidential election team, and is credited as being the architect of his grassroots campaign finance system.

Zack will talk about trends in blogging online in the US and how the current presidential race has changed online political dialogue.

Register here

The number of places is limited, and available on a first come first served basis to bloggers - so if you're interested, sign up below without delay:

Registration is now closed.

For more information, you can also contact Philippe Carr, European Commission Representation in Ireland, 01-634-1111.

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