Month: January 2013
The New York Post reports that a court in France has ordered Twitter to help identify the source of racist and anti-Semitic tweets.
The UK Department for Business, Innovations and Skills has released a report entitled Future Identities -Changing identities in the UK: the next 10 years.
The report identifies key challenges for effective policy making and implementation in a rapidly changing, globalised, technology-rich, and densely networked UK. It focuses on implications for: crime prevention and criminal justice; health, the environment and wellbeing; skills, employment and education; preventing radicalisation and extremism; social mobility; and social integration.
According to the report, identity in the UK is changing and technology is one of several important drivers of this change. The report considers these changes “within a wider context of demographic change” and notes that the “increasing diversity of the UK’s population means that dual, ethnic and national identities will continue to become more important.”
In its conclusion the report advises
For policy makers understanding the changing nature of identity in the UK will be increasingly important for effective policy making and implementation. Failure to do so may lead to missed opportunities to, for example, strengthen social integration, reduce exclusion, enhance open policy making, and make effective use of identities as a resource.Government would also benefit from drawing upon a deeper scientific understanding of people’s evolving identities when developing, implementing and testing policies
In July 2012 the BBC ran a story questioning whether the Internet was a true racial equaliser.
Microsoft researcher Danah Boyd says though experts once thought the internet would help destroy racial barriers, “all of the divisions that exist in every day life, including those by race and class, actually re-emerge online.”
Watch the BBC video to find out more
Date: Tuesday 29th January
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Drama Studio, Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL
Organisers: London International Development Centre and the Department of Geography, Environment and Development Studies, Birkbeck
A discussion with the author of Race, Racism and Development: Interrogating History, Discourse and Practice, Kalpana Wilson and Firoze Manji, Director of CODESRIA’s Documentation and Information Centre, Dakar. Chaired by Paru Raman, chair of the Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies, SOAS.