Online Activism

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The Activists' Handbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Participatory Democracy
Ricketts, Aidan
Book
2012
A guide to grassroots activism.
The Case for Grassroots Archives
Diemer, Ulli
Article
2012
Grassroots archives play a valuable role in what has been called "the battle of memory". People's history projects such as grassroots archives preserve and share stories of resistance, hidden historie...
Clickbait v Political Impact: Alternative Journalism as Social Media Becomes the New News Source
Pearson, Tamara
Article
2016
In first world countries, Facebook and Twitter are fast becoming the main places where people come across their news -- ahead of television and news sites. "Success" is becoming about the number of re...
The Day the Internet Died: An Oral History of the Egyptian Revolution
Narco News School of Authentic Journalism
Article
2012
When Hosni Mubarak Shut Off Cell Phones and the Internet in January 2011 Was the Moment When More Egyptians than Ever Went Out into the Streets.
Digital Revolutions: Activism in the Internet Age
Hill, Symon
Book
2013
Symon Hill on the role of the Internet in activism and social change.
Evaluating the virtual picket line: Italian union's Second Life information picket tests worth of a potentially valuable tool
Blackadder, Derek
Article
2007
The organizers of the Second Life online action see it as a tool, a tactic as part of a larger campaign -- not necessarily a campaign-wining strategy.
Extraordinary Violence at 500 Pearl Street: The Sentencing of Jeremy Hammond
Tarrant, Anthony
Article
2013
On Friday, November 15, 2013, extreme violence with malicious intent was meted out by Federal District Court Judge Loretta Preska in the sentencing phase of 28 year old hacktivist Jeremy Hammond befor...
Memory as Resistance: Grassroots Archives and the Battle of Memory: Preservation as subversion: Do grassroots archives have a future?
Article
2012
CONNEXIONS and Beit Zatoun are spotlighting grassroots archives this November with an open house and networking event November 24, a talk and discussion November 27, and an exhibit (November 16-27). G...
Single-Payer Health Care and the Case Against Clicktivism
Mokhiber, Russell
Article
2015
What’s the next step in the campaign for single-payer universal health care in the United States? Single Payer Now's Don Bechler says we have to hit the streets.
To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism
Morozov, Evgeny
Book
2014
Many of us have come to believe that any complex situation can be solved by finding the right algorithm to fix it. Morozov argues that real-world problems can rarely be solved with technological solu...

Connexions Directory of Groups & Websites

Avaaz
Avaaz.org is a global web movement with a simple democratic mission: to close the gap between the world we have, and the world most people everywhere want. "Avaaz" means "Voice" in many Asian, Middle...
Connexions Archive & Library
The Connexions Archive & Library is Toronto-based project dedicated to keeping alive the rich history of grassroots movements for social justice. Connexions preserves 'alternative' histories that r...

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Alternative and Activist New Media
Lievrouw, Leah A.
2011
An overview of the ways in which activists, artists, and citizen groups around the world use new media and information technologies to gain visibility and voice, present alternative or marginal views,...
Berlin Twitter Wall website blocked just days after its launch
Sources News Release
2009
Reporters Without Borders deplores the fact that the Chinese authorities blocked the Berlin Twitter Wall website (www.berlintwitterwall.com) just days after its launch.
Hashtag Activism Isn't a Cop-Out
Berlatsky, Noah
2015
Using twitter is not just 'lazy activism'. It projects the voices of the small and it shows governments what the people truely support.
The internet's cyber radicals: heroes of the web changing the world
A generation of political activists have been transformed by new tools developed on the internet.
Krotoski, Aleks
2010
Internet activists speak about censorship, the democratising impact of open source technology, and the importance of oportunities for anonimity in a post 9-11 world.
Iranian women's rights activists win first Reporters Without Borders netizen prize with support from Google
Sources News Release
2010
Reporters Without Borders has awarded the first #Netizen Prize# to the Iranian women#s rights activists of the Change for Equality (www.we-change.org) website.
Middle East and North Africa: Blogging flourishes; governments block and monitor content
Sources News Release
2009
Thousands of writers, journalists, activists, lawyers and others are expressing their dissent and reporting on social issues by blogging throughout the Middle East and North Africa, says a new report ...
Notes on digital activism
Gago, Osvaldo
A list of several ways for activists to use the internet to promote their cause. Topics include search engine optimization, analytics and online advertising.
Web 2.0 versus Control 2.0
Morillon, Lucie; Julliard, Jean-François
2010
The fight for free access to information is being played out to an ever greater extent on the Internet. The emerging general trend is that a growing number of countries are attemptimg to tighten their...