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Technology one step ahead of government’s gag law

Posted on April 21, 2015 at 9:58 am

The face of dissent just took on another dimension, quite literally. To protest a new “gag” law aimed at cracking down on demonstrations outside government buildings, Spanish activists last weekend assembled the world’s first-ever virtual march, made up of 2,000 rallying holograms in front of the national parliament in Madrid. The event had the energy, images, and sound of a protest but without actual bodies. It was a technological lesson

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