A study of hashtag activism for raising awareness about riverbank erosion in Bangladesh

Maruf Hasan Zaber, Bonnie Nardi, Jay Chen

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Abstract

Millions of vulnerable people around the world are suffering from intensifying climate-related disruptions that could be construed as limits problems. Because those who suffer the most are often the most marginalized, these communities are largely neglected by governments and national media. In rich countries, social media has enabled ordinary citizens to add their voices to the public discourse. In the Global South, access to Internet and social media technologies is extremely constrained. In this paper, we study how, despite these barriers, communities in Bangladesh that are chronically affected by riverbank erosion are managing to use Facebook to participate in "hashtag activism." this activism makes some progress toward filling the information gap regarding the impacts of riverbank erosion in Bangladesh, and can inform the national media and government for taking action.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationLIMITS 2017 - Proceedings of the 2017 Workshop on Computing Within Limits
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages51-57
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781450349505
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 22 2017
Event3rd Annual Workshop on Computing within Limits, LIMITS 2017 - Santa Barbara, United States
Duration: Jun 22 2017Jun 24 2017

Publication series

NameLIMITS 2017 - Proceedings of the 2017 Workshop on Computing Within Limits

Other

Other3rd Annual Workshop on Computing within Limits, LIMITS 2017
CountryUnited States
CitySanta Barbara
Period6/22/176/24/17

Keywords

  • Limits
  • Online activism
  • Social media

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)

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