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Van Badham, Reni Eddo-Lodge, Tim Highfield, 

Celeste Liddle

Creating Online Chaos

What are the risks of internet success? Join these writers and activists as they share the joys and pitfalls of online activism. 

Chaired by Steph Harmon.

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Reni Eddo-Lodge

“Eddo-Lodge strives to counteract the ingrained marginalisation of people of colour.” Harpers Bazaar

Celeste Liddle

“Celeste Liddle's life work has been dedicated to lifting the status, dignity and wellbeing of Aboriginal people, particularly women.” Victorian Honour Roll of Women

Exploring a world wide web of social activism

The evolution of social media and blogs means the online world has become a significant tool for social change. Our guests have each harnessed the internet to get their ideas and opinions out of their head and onto the screens of a hungry online audience – often finding a much larger readership than they could ever have imagined.

Are there rules for jumping into the online fray to share your opinions? Is this the most democratic space available for progressive voices? And what are the consequences of speaking up when a readership can talk back?

Join Van Badham, Reni Eddo-Lodge, Tim Highfield and Celeste Liddle for this lively and provocative discussion of the power of people behind a keyboard.

More about the speakers...

Van Badham is a writer, commentator, activist, occasional broadcaster, theatremaker, and one of Australia's most controversial public intellectuals. In addition to a weekly column for Guardian Australia, her work has appeared in The AgeAustralian CosmopolitanDaily LifeSoutherly, Women's Agenda, and Britain's Daily Telegraph. She is a frequent guest on panels for ABC's Radio National, The Drum and Q and A, and Channel 7's Sunrise.  She is active on Twitter via @vanbadham. 

Reni Eddo-Lodge is a London-based activist turned writer. She has written for The New York Times, The Guardian, Independent, Stylist, and Dazed and Confused. She is the winner of an MHP '30 to Watch' Award and was chosen as one of the 'Top 30 Young People in Digital Media' by The Guardian in 2014. She has also been listed in Elle's '100 Inspirational Women' list, and The Root's '30 Black Viral Voices Under 30'.

Tim Highfield is Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellow in the Digital Media Research Centre, Queensland University of Technology. His fellowship project is “Visual cultures of social media,” and he is the author of Social Media and Everyday Politics (Polity, 2016). His research examines the intersections between everyday digital communication, digital cultures, popular culture, play and humor, and politics. 

Celeste Liddle is an Arrente woman living in Melbourne. An activist and writer, she is also the current National Indigenous Organiser for the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU). Celeste is particularly interested in education, politics, and the arts. Her writing has been published in The Guardian, Daily Life, Sydney Morning Herald, and blogs at Rantings of an Aboriginal Feminist.


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