Communication,

Technology and

Society

In this playlist, Manuel Castells (Visiting Professor in Media, 2011-2012) begins by outlining the new forms of power that the rise of the internet and wireless technology have created, highlighting their potential to displace established authority, as the Occupy Movements of 2011 showed.

Eric Schmidt (Visiting Professor in Media, 2012-2013) then outlines the potential ability of internet connectivity to help ameliorate global poverty.Melanne Verveer (Visiting Professor in Women’s Rights, 2012-2013) addresses the ability of connectivity in empowering women in the developing world.

Last, Alastair Campbell (Visiting Professor in Media, 2013-2014), meanwhile, balances his optimism and pessimism about the effects of social media on journalism and democracy.