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The Activists' Handbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Participatory Democracy
Ricketts, Aidan
A guide to grassroots activism.
The Case for Grassroots Archives
Diemer, Ulli
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - April 21, 2018: Their Interent or Ours?
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
The Internet, which was at one time a free and open space for sharing information and ideas, has been privatized and twisted to serve the profit-making agenda of huge corporations, working hand-in-glo...
Single-Payer Health Care and the Case Against Clicktivism
Mokhiber, Russell
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
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...

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Avaaz 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.
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
Reporters Without Borders deplores the fact that the Chinese authorities blocked the Berlin Twitter Wall website ( just days after its launch.
Hashtag Activism Isn't a Cop-Out
Berlatsky, Noah
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
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
Reporters Without Borders has awarded the first #Netizen Prize# to the Iranian women#s rights activists of the Change for Equality ( website.
Middle East and North Africa: Blogging flourishes; governments block and monitor content
Sources News Release
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
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...