Tag Archives: KONY2012

Something Good that Might Have Come from KONY2012

I recently had the opportunity to give a talk (for slides see here), hosted by Aidan Hehir, at Westminster University on a ‘pet project’ of mine – the role of social media in affecting political change and waging social activism. … Continue reading

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Has Social Media Successfully Reinvented Social Activism?

This week I had the honour to participate in a debate at the historic Oxford Union on whether “social media has successfully reinvented social activism”. The relationship between social media and social activism has become a critically important subject in the … Continue reading

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LRA Commander, Caesar Achellam, “Captured” – Some (Mostly Skeptical) Thoughts

In what has generally been reported as a “major coup” for African Union forces – and by extension the KONY2012 faithful – a senior LRA commander, Caesar Achellam was detained over the weekend while crossing the border between the Democratic … Continue reading

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Playing to Lose: A Game of Hide-and-Seek with Kony

In the game of hide-and-seek, having a limited and mutually agreed upon physical space in which both the hider and the seeker participate is essential. When a child plays hide-and-seek with their parents, they don’t move into the next house, … Continue reading

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Beyond Kony2012: A Free E-Book!

Dear readers, Patrick, Elke and I wanted to alert you to a fantastic free e-book, Beyond KONY2012, edited by Amanda Taub of Wronging Rights who has put together a stellar cast of contributors, including Laura Seay, Rebecca Hamilton, Alex Little, as … Continue reading

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Diverging Trajectories: Social Media and #InternationalLaw

This week, Opinio Juris has organized a symposium on social media and international law in the wake of KONY2012. There are already a number of thought-provoking posts up, including this prescient piece by Charli Carpenter (see here too). The following … Continue reading

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Wikileaks’ Death Knell for Invisible Children’s KONY2012?

The most remarkable thing about Invisible Children’s KONY2012 campaign is just how spectacularly it has shifted from one controversy to another. When the film was first released, it was ripped by virtually every scholar and observer of northern Uganda and … Continue reading

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Beyond Famous – Invisible Children’s Follow-up to Kony2012

One month ago the US based organisation Invisible Children published their Kony 2012 video, campaigning for the arrest of Ugandan rebel leader Joseph Kony. The video went viral to an extent never witnessed before. Many people who had not heard … Continue reading

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Hunting Kony – An Update on the US Deployment in Central Africa

In May 2010, the United States Government started officially taking more interest in the Lord’s Resistance Army conflict that had ravaged Central Africa, and in particular northern Uganda, for 24 years. President Barack Obama signed into law the ‘Lord’s Resistance … Continue reading

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