Running for Cover: Politics, Justice and Media in the Syrian Conflict – Anonymous Social Media Instructions

Invitation

Individuals from around the world are invited to take part in the Oct. 6 dialogue “Running for Cover: Politics, Justice and Media in the Syrian Conflict” using social media. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST. Follow at #SUSyria.

Held at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, the event will bring together leading experts, advocates and journalists to discuss ways to promote and restore political stability in the region. See http://newhouseglobal.syr.edu/event/syria for the event schedule and list of panelists.

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Overview

One of the event goals is to engage participants remotely via social media, as many Syrian journalists and activists are unable to attend in person. Because of the conflict in the region, and the targeting of journalists, some may want to participate anonymously for greater personal security. Also, given the rise of social media and the rapid dissemination of comments at events, we recognize that in-person attendees may be prevented from freely expressing themselves, which would lessen the impact of the dialogue. We invite anonymous participation both virtually and from the event venue via Twitter and Periscope. (Please mute the volume if you are in the room and only use the Periscope chat feature.)

Instructions

  1. Set up an anonymous Twitter handle (i.e. a Twitter handle name that does not reveal your real identity) in advance of the conference, which we hope will provide greater personal security. We acknowledge that there are still risks in participating via social media, especially for those joining from the conflict region. Please note that Twitter communications are not encrypted and that your anonymity cannot be guaranteed.
  2. Those wishing to join the panel discussion via social media and interact with panelists should download the Periscope app on a mobile device from https://www.periscope.tv and utilize the chat feature during the event. You can only chat and interact with the Periscope live broadcast from a mobile device.
  3. Those without a mobile can view the live social media broadcast at https://www.periscope.tv/newhouseglobal.

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