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Friday, March 13 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Bladerunner: South Africa's Trial by Social Media

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The Oscar Pistorius (aka “Bladerunner”) trial was more than just a murder case that captured global attention, it was the catalyst for a massive leap in the online behaviour of Africa's wealthiest country.
Prior to the case, social media and online news were still regarded as the poor cousins of traditional and broadcast media in South Africa. However, the televised trial brought a whole new audience into the digital age.
Millions of South Africans went online for the first time to follow court proceedings via social media and online reporting. And that spike in usage has not dropped off - they are now voicing their opinions louder and on more topics than ever.

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Speakers
avatar for Chris Roper

Chris Roper

Editor in Chief, Mail & Guardian
avatar for Emma Sadleir

Emma Sadleir

Social Media Lawyer, NATIVE VML
Emma is a social media lawyer based in Johannesburg.
avatar for Amanda Sevasti

Amanda Sevasti

Head of Social Media, NATIVE VML
Amanda Sevasti is Head of Social Media at NATIVE VML - one of South Africa's leading digital agencies and part of the Y&R and VML network.
avatar for Amanda Whitehouse

Amanda Whitehouse

Head of Social Media, NATIVE VML
Amanda Sevasti is Head of Social Media at NATIVE VML - one of South Africa's leading digital agencies and part of the Y&R and VML network.


Friday March 13, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Hyatt Regency Austin Zilker Ballroom 1 208 Barton Springs Rd

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