Methodology

dummy-icud The ICUD project applies a combined methodology of academic research, field research, pilot training sessions, creative dissemination and communication actions. The aim of this multidisciplinary approach is to involve and invite people from many different walks of life, and produce a wide selection of project deliverables and materials that can be widely used by anyone accessing the ICUD project website.

The Food for thought page, contains the archive of relevant material found online, whilst researching issues surrounding digital discrimination. The references and links therein are ordered under categories that seemed relevant at the time of archiving, but are in no way constrictive or exclusive. The page and the categories should provide ‘Food for thought’ as well as be a source for material to use in educational or research activities.

The research is guided by the Social and Organisational Analysis research group (ASO) at the Sociology Unit of the University Rovira i Virgili (Tarragona, Spain) who define the theoretical frame and provide academic bases for the project partners, who in five EU countries carry out research online, with interdisciplinary framing groups (individuals of different walks of life and a wide range of backgrounds), in pilot training sessions, at their workplace and with friends, in order to collect the widest possible selection of issues and examples about digital discrimination.

The ICUD project will be carried out over 24 month (December 2012-November 2014) in 3 accumulative phases, logical steps in order to produce, test and later share an anti-discrimination-pack, which will be an integrated and interactive tool (in 6 languages: EN,SP,CA,FR,IT,RO) that includes reflections of people working with youth and young people themselves.

Phase 1 - the framing process – based on a previous theoretical frame and case studies collected by partner organizations, local interdisciplinary groups (teachers, social workers, youth trainers, community managers) will discuss and work out possible ways of acting against and combating discriminatory material in SNS. The research will provide resources for analysis and will be made available on the project web site. You can find more details about the research on FB here.

Phase 2 – the action pilot process – serves for testing the previously compiled methodological guide, but also includes creative and empowering activities with young people aged 15 to 30, including those at risk of social exclusion and members of communities who are marginalized and are more likely to be exposed to discrimination, let it be online or face-to-face. Participants of the pilot groups will receive training followed by digital sessions, during which they can express their thoughts and reactions. In this way the project gives voice to the mainly affected and integrates their ideas in practical tools designed for actions.

Phase 3 – the communication and dissemination process – will entail local dissemination events and a European conference in Barcelona (13th and 14th of March 2014), to promote the project and its outcomes, compiled in a practical anti-discrimination-pack, which provides an innovative model of how the most vulnerable can unveil discrimination on the Internet and can start acting against it in sns.