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Twitter4HRs promotion: a study of a sexual minority rights network’s twitter communication during the 2016 Ugandan general election.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics and Media, Media and Communication Studies.
2016 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Uganda has since the introduction of the anti-homosexuality bill of 2009, experienced an increasingly polarized media discourse on sexual minority rights. Rights that are indisputable for other Ugandan citizens most notably rights to privacy, health and indeed life, are questioned in relation to sexual minorities in mainstream media. The following study analyses a Ugandan NGO’s utilization of Twitter to supply the domestic public with counter-narratives and attempts to assert sexual minority rights in connection with the general election which will take place February 18 2016. The tentative analysis indicates that while Twitter is actively used as a space for highlighting organizational activity and events, information sharing, emotional support for group members, it is also used as a tool for political commentary on both news media coverage of sexual minority issues, and perhaps more importantly a platform for discussing the political candidates’ positioning of themselves in relation to rights issues. The official Twitter account is thus an important tool for political commentary and dissemination of counter narratives on sexual minority rights. The study concludes that Twitter, although restricting through its format, provides minority groups important access to public space otherwise denied on traditional media platforms.

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2016.
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Human Aspects of ICT
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-313173OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-313173DiVA, id: diva2:1065991
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SPIDER Nordic ICT4D fair
Available from: 2017-01-17 Created: 2017-01-17 Last updated: 2017-01-17

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