Aleks Krotoski explores how what we do online can give us a glimpse of a better world and how we repurpose the tools we have around us to make it a reality.
There's nothing more human that adapting a tool to make your life better, it's the rationale behind every innovation. Aleks Krotoski explores how our digital tools can be reinvented in powerful ways by individuals seeking a better life. Whether it's how smuggled USB sticks filled with content from the outside world inspire North Koreans to defect to the south, or the way a single photo of woman running with her hair flowing inspires a campaign against compulsory Islamic dress in Iran. What ties these stories together is hope. And it's the hope that the world can be made better that makes us look to the tools we have and how they might be re-purposed to make that a reality.
She tells us how and why she came to found the group, and how online protest allowed isolated people to find one another and grow in strength in a way that would not be possible to do if they simply took to the streets.
He discusses the means by which technologies get taken up by individuals to express resistance or dissatisfaction, but that the effects and trajectory of social change is unpredictable.
He tells us about the HRF’s project to smuggle flash drives into North Korea, and how seeing the realities of the outside world can spark hope, which can spark revolution.
Wanda Gwozdziowski was born Helena Skomra in 1926 in Poland. When she was 14 years old, war broke out. Her father, an officer in the Polish Army was taken prisoner of war, so she and her mother were left to fend for themselves for the duration of the Nazi occupation. She joined the Underground Army as a radio girl, intercepting messages transmitted from the BBC into occupied Poland, and passing them to her contacts. Her codename was The Crow. Now 92, she lives in California, where she resettled with her family after living her post-war years in Preston.