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Digital Activism

For Palestinians, Social Media Use Is A Double-Edged Sword

Nadim Nashif | Posted 04.18.2016 | World
Nadim Nashif

A new report analyzing Palestinian internet and social media usage found that since last October, the number of arrests Israel has made based on social media activity has more than doubled.

Syria Tracker: Women Dying in Numbers

Mariane Pearl | Posted 12.04.2015 | Impact
Mariane Pearl

To protect people's safety, Syria Tracker was marketed the old fashioned way: through words of mouth. The team simply told a few trusted individuals and organizations in Syria that helped spread the word and invited people to submit reports, videos or pictures through the organization's website using Twitter or e-mails.

Diluting Digital Activism

Jason Schmitt | Posted 04.13.2014 | Impact
Jason Schmitt

This week the White House will respond to the petition to deport Justin Bieber with its 255,000 accumulated signatures. Perhaps the Bieber derivative does something more subversive than its call to action: It dilutes the credibility of this form of activism.

Are You Losing Your Edge As You Get Older?

Allison Hope | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Allison Hope

I've traded in the Dyke March for Dyke Sitting on the Couch. Have I allowed myself to lose my edge, or did it happen naturally? Have the shifting political tides and subsequent progress in favor of equality quieted activist voices, or has activism itself shifted to a different, digital presence?

Social Media Lessons From a Revolution

Ryan J. Davis | Posted 09.04.2012 | Technology
Ryan J. Davis

What did Ghonim do to foster online engagement that eventually contributed to real, on the streets, offline action? It's simple really. He spoke, users listened and responded, and then he acknowledged their contributions.

Get Online

Fron Nahzi | Posted 08.08.2012 | Technology
Fron Nahzi

In the ever-expanding and fast-paced new media world, issues appear to be more about context and less about content. The posts often appear short sighted, and lack substance but they reach a wide audience nevertheless.

Egyptian Blogger Sentenced by Military Rulers Amid Accusations of Human Rights "Cronyism"

Courtney C. Radsch | Posted 02.15.2012 | World
Courtney C. Radsch

Blogger Maikel Nabil was sentenced to two years in prison yesterday, a one-year reduction from his three-year sentence handed down on Apr. 11 by a military tribunal in closed session.

Occupy Wall Street and Digital Activism 3.0

Lee Schneider | Posted 12.12.2011 | Technology
Lee Schneider

Digital activism is much more than flash mobs and Facebook.

In Morocco, 91% Approval isn't Good Enough

Jillian York | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jillian York

When popular glossies TelQuel and Nichane published approval ratings for the Moroccan king, they found 100,000 copies of the magazines seized by the Ministry of Communication.

Responding to Mumbai: A Population Speaks Out

Jared Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jared Cohen

In response to the Mumbai attacks, Facebook and other online social networks are flooded with communities, discussion groups, and individual members convening online to speak out with an amplified voice.