Social activism / citizen advocacy
Two years after the Arab Spring, questions still remain as to how much social media actually helped fuel and drive the uprisings that arose in Tunisia and swept across the region. What Happens to Social Media After a Twitter Revolution?
Introduction This article focuses on grassroots digital activism in the Arab world and the risks of what seems to be an inevitable collusion with U.S foreign policy and interests. The Internet Freedom Fallacy and the Arab Digital activism
Two years on from the fall of Hosni Mubarak, the new Egyptian president is from the Muslim Brotherhood; on the streets of Cairo, the same kind of people who died in droves in 2011 are still getting killed. On the streets of Athens, the neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn is staging anti-migrant pogroms. From Arab Spring to global revolution | Paul Mason | World news
Who are we? What is La Quadrature?
What role has so-called social networking media played in the recent uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East and in new social movements in the West such as Occupy? Are there things that would not have been possible without Twitter and Facebook? Magazine 52-53 : A Twitter revolution?
The new politics of the internet: Everything is connected
The Dynamics of Protest Recruitment through an Online Network : Scientific Reports The role that SNSs play in helping protests grow is uncontested by most media reports of recent events. However, there is not much evidence of how exactly these online platforms can help disseminate calls for action and organize a collective movement. Our findings suggest that there are two parallel processes taking place: the dynamics of recruitment, and the dynamics of information diffusion.
Visualizing Data at the Oxford Internet Institute - The Waves and Tides of Online Protests Description
Syria-Cyber-Wars-06-01-2012-proof2.pdf (application/pdf Object)
Yousri Marzouki: Revolutionizing Revolutions: Virtual Collective Consciousness and the Arab Spring Discussions about the influence of social media often remind those on the impact of TV in the 1980s: Everyone has an opinion, some have statistics, and a few others are trying to understand the psychological and sociological mechanisms that lie beneath.
Social media has been often touted for the role it played in the popular uprisings that have spread across the Arab world since December 2010. How the Arab World Uses Facebook and Twitter [INFOGRAPHICS]
The Lessons of 2011: Three Theses on Organisation Moving beyond the conceptual polarisation of tight-knit vanguardist parties and loose-tie virtual networks, Rodrigo Nunes sifts the residue of last year’s wave of revolts to produce a more nuanced picture of organisational dynamics in the age of Web 2.0
This post is part of our special coverage Europe in Crisis. The date for the first citizen protest in Barcelona to celebrate the first anniversary of 15M (May 15th) was on Saturday 12M (May 12th) at 6pm in Catalunya Plaza. Spain: The “Indignados” of the 15M
A group of Iran's green movement activists had a grand and detailed vision for what was supposed to happen on Feb. 11. They called it a "Trojan Horse" strategy: Backers of opposition leader Mir-Hossein Mousavi, camouflaged in unassuming attire, would attend the official regime-backed rally commemorating the 31st anniversary of the Islamic Revolution. Then, at a pre-arranged time, they would assemble in front of the cameras of the foreign news media, reveal themselves as enthusiasts of the green movement, and denounce the brutality of the government for all the world to see. Iran, Facebook, and the Limits of Online Activism - By Cameron Abadi
Parag Khanna Huffintgton Post | February 14, 2011 What others want for themselves is more important than what we want for them — always. As the daily drama of street demonstrations, shuttle diplomacy, and backroom deals has unfolded in Egypt over the past three weeks, the Obama administration gradually shifted its stance from standing by the side of now former president Hosni Mubarak — as so many presidents before Obama have done — to accepting and encouraging his incremental concessions to the demands of the Egyptian people.
Freedom Fast hunger strike, India. Image courtesy ‘I Love India'. Most of this report was researched, written, and edited by Weiping Li, Mera Szendro Bok, James Losey, and Sarah Myers. Internet activists in India are fuming over the country’s sweeping new Internet restrictions on objectionable content, and are beginning to take extreme action to combat the law. This week we recognize Aseem Trivedi and Alok Dixit from Save Your Voice, who have begun a hunger strike in protest of the ‘Information Technology (Intermediaries Guidelines) Rules 2011’ which were quietly issued by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology in April 2011. One of the flaws of the new rules is that they mandate that website or domain owners must take down material within 36 hours when a third party issues a complaint, without giving a chance for content owners to defend the material. Netizen Report: Raise Your Voice Edition
This guest post from Oxfam’s regional director for the Middle East, Olga Ghazaryan (right), was also published today on the Guardian website. Having lived through a number of revolutions in the Former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe I should have known that revolutions are notoriously hard to predict. There is a messy chaos between the hope, euphoria and promise and the stark reality of what comes after toppling a hated regime and before building a new future. What I saw on my week -long trip in Egypt in April was a revolution in need of intensive care. The place was full of “noise”. The Egyptian Revolution is in intensive care – can it be saved?
How To Film Protests: Video Tip Series for Activists at Occupy Wall Street, in Syria and Beyond
"Truth-O-Meter" Encourages Accountability in Serbia | NDI
People Power 2.0
5 Reasons Not to Use the Word “Slacktivism”
The Rise of the Slacktivist | Sortable
A bullet killed Ahmed Ismael, but not his videos
Digital Media in the Arab World One Year After the Revolutions
Emergent Practices Around CGNet Swara, A Voice Forum for Citizen Journalism in Rural India
Things I like - An Online Advocacy Code of Ethics
Many Eyes | Drawing by Numbers
Data & Design How-to's Note 1: Where is your evidence? | Drawing by Numbers
Mobile Phones and Social Activism - An Ethan Zuckerman White Paper