Join us to launch our ‘Tag It Right’ campaign and challenge online narratives.
If you type ‘United Kingdom’ into google images what do you get? A map, the flag and a picture of Westminster. How about ‘Australia’? A map, flag and tourist icon. Now try ‘Yemen‘. The images are of war, cities in rubble and young men with rifles.
We rely on large tech organisations like Google and Facebook for a huge portion of our information. However, these companies do not equally or fairly represent migrants or the countries they come from. This exposes a structural racism that homogenises and dilutes the narrative of particular regions and cultures.
‘Tag It Right‘ is a youth-led campaign from PopChange challenging how Internet content such as images and news are tagged, filtered and presented in social media platforms and search engines, reproducing biases and stereotypes in how we see migrants and refugees.
This event will launch the project at Refugee Week 2020 with a discussion about the biases within our media, from how we tag our own photos online to the Western-centric algorithms within major companies like Google. It will aim to bring together varied perspectives through a diverse panel to talk about the impact online content has on our view of the world.
SPEAKERS (see bios below):
- Magic Magid, former mayor of Sheffield
- Hanna Shah, Charity So White
- Imran Ahmed, Center for Encountering Digital Hate
- Amina Atiq & Liam Rickard, Tag It Right
- Chaired by Sam Campbell, PopChange
Follow the conversation on Twitter #popXchange
HOW TO PARTICIPATE
1. To be part of the live audience on Zoom, you must register on Eventbrite. The link to Zoom will be emailed to you two hours before the event.
2. You can also watch the Facebook live stream without registering. To receive a reminder just before the event starts, you can register on Eventbrite and select “Receive a reminder” or RSVP on the Facebook event page.
PopChange (Pop Culture & Social Change) is a pioneering initiative led by Counterpoints Arts exploring how the power of pop culture can be harnessed for social change in order to shift the way we talk, think and feel about migration and displacement in the UK. www.popchange.co.uk
Refugee Week is a UK-wide festival celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees. Founded in 1998 and held every year around World Refugee Day on the 20 June, Refugee Week is also a growing global movement. www.refugeeweek.org.uk