The Uprising Will Be Livestreamed

By: Alley Goodroad

By: Alley Goodroad

President Trump signed an executive order to close the borders to refugees from seven largely Muslim countries. Note: Before you click away from this reading, this is not an article with a Pro-Trump nor Anti-Trump slant. The focus is the use of technology in current social movements–with a spotlight on the recent Muslim ban in the United States.

Imagery from all over the nation looped in the news the days following the executive order. Facebook Live and Periscope documented protests at John F. Kennedy Airport (New York City), Dulles Airport (Greater Washington D.C.) area, George Bush International (Houston), and LAX (in Los Angeles). Among the scenes, there were lawyers with laptops working on the floor for the advocate, people in the crowds using smartphones to call public officials, and collective cheers after people were released. In a nutshell, the use of technology helped those at home–removed from the scenes–understand the gravity what is seen “on-the-ground.”

The resistance was not only on the parts of individuals, entire companies, were voicing dissent. One example is TechNYC, a group of leaders in the City wrote a letter to President Trump. The letter begins, “We are business leaders and investors from New York City’s robust and growing technology sector. Among the reasons we proudly build and grow companies here in New York City is the rich diversity the city and its residents provide. We write out of concern that your recent executive orders will undermine that and send a dangerous message to all immigrants that they are not welcome here.” The link to the letter encourages company leaders, who feel the same way, to add their name to the growing list.

Between live streams, a unfolding events and influential tech leaders speaking out, the changes we will see from now on will be deeply rooted in all things digital. As a result, news turns around faster and people will need to be more nimble when the next protest comes around.

Alley Goodroad is a tech geek and digital media strategist at heart. She consults for start-ups, mid-sized businesses, and Fortune 50 companies. Recently, the Houston Business Journal nominated Alley for a Top 40 Under 40 award to honor advances in the digital space. Her other hobbies include coffee-ing, running, and playing with Brooklyn (an adorable Shih Tsu).

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