Invisible Power, Online Lives | Free Word

13 May 2020

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Challenge how the Internet shapes power relations with discussion and digital art

In light of the current situation regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) in the UK, we are revising plans for our forthcoming Finding Power season. Keep your eyes out in the coming weeks as we will be updating our season with online content, video, podcasts, articles that explore how we find power in isolation.


From its inception, the Internet has been shaping power relations, personally, politically and globally. Some of this comes from how interaction takes place online, but also in how online spaces have been built and, crucially, who has built them. 

This evening of discussion and online art will pull apart the biases woven into our everyday use of the internet and look at how we might begin to construct a space where power is distributed more evenly. Featuring Judy Taing, Head of Gender at ARTICLE 19, Miranda Marcus, Researcher and Producer at the Open Data Institute and more speakers and artists to be announced.

13 May 2020




ARTICLE 19 works for a world where all people everywhere can freely express themselves and actively engage in public life without fear of discrimination.

Judy Taing


Judy leads the international portfolio on sex, sexuality and gender rights at ARTICLE 19. She developed and spearheads the organisation’s cross-cutting gender strategy, “The Mx Method”, ensuring that intersectionality and equity are at the forefront of the organisation’s global strategy, operations, and internal processes. She specialises in countering religious intolerance and hate speech, protection of human rights defenders and environmental activists, access to information, and is currently focused on combating technology-related violence against women. She has regional expertise in Southeast Asia and has designed and led large-scale projects in Cambodia, Malaysia and Indonesia. She has worked in the Office of the Co-Investigating Judges at the United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials in Cambodia and was key in determining victim participation to the proceedings and establishing the evidence base for the crime of forcible population transfer.

Miranda Marcus

Researcher and Producer

Miranda is a researcher and producer working with emerging technology and data practices. Her background is in applied research, design and anthropology. Her personal research field focuses on the impact of engineering culture on artificial intelligence applications. She works as Lead Development Producer in the Internet Research and Future Services R&D team at BBC and at the Open Data Institute as Senior Consultant focusing on the social, political and economic intersection of data.



There is step-free access to all areas of Free Word and a number of other facilities available to make the venue accessible.

• Our box office, theatre and hall are all on the ground floor with step-free access from the street
• Meeting rooms and offices are accessible by lift from the ground floor
• There are two accessible toilets on the ground floor. All our toilets are individual, gender neutral cubicles.
• Hearing loops are available at the box office and the theatre.
• The foyer and café areas are our designated quiet spaces – if you need to leave the event at any time, you’re welcome to use these areas.
• If you need to bring someone for assistance, please get in touch with us so we can provide a free ticket for them

Please talk to our team if you have specific access requirements.


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