Communication for Social Justice in a Digital Age

This symposium will focus on the impact of digital transformation on communities and societies, and the actions needed to secure a just and inclusive digital future. Bringing together research, experiences from different regions and communities, expert input, and ethical and theological reflection, it will identify opportunities for action as a contribution to the 11th assembly of the World Council of Churches.

12-year-old Sodah Sackor (right) and 12-year-old Vickey V. Wion (left) study in the computer lab at Ricks Institute, Liberia, 2019..

Photo: Albin Hillert/LWF

The symposium examined what social justice and injustice look like in the digital era, especially for marginalized people and communities. It addressed how “public space” has – or has not – changed with digital opportunities as well as the continuing challenges of power imbalances and censorship. Together, participants developed a vision of a more just digital – and human – society, and the actions we can take together to help make that happen. 

The symposium is organized by the WCC and the World Association for Christian Communication, an international, ecumenically linked organization that promotes communication as a basic human right, essential to people’s dignity and community. Together the networks of the two organizations will enable a unique global perspective, from grassroots and marginalized communities to media, academia and technology. 

Co-organizing the conference are Brot für die Welt, Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD),  Evangelische Mission Weltweit (EMW), and World Student Christian Federation

The symposium took place from 13-15 September 2021.

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