How Big is the Iceberg?

Today the Global Digital Activism Data Set hit 500 cases, and it is still growing. Part of this is due to the great diversity of digital activism campaigns, but most of it is due to the small acts of digital activism that don’t make the national or international media. For every Iran or Moldova “Twitter…

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Our Data Set Has a Waiting List

by Mary Joyce The Global Digital Activism Data Set is the first attempt to quantitatively study digital activism as a global phenomenon. It is an all-volunteer project to create an open case study database under a Creative Commons license that will be accessible to scholars and activists around the world. It currently has 342 cases,…

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Esra'a Al Shafei in Fast Company Magazine

I was delighted to read a familiar name in the current issue of Fast Company magazine. In an article entitled “Is TED the New Harvard?”, Meta-Activism Project Board of Advisers member Esra’a Al Shafei talks about the effect that being a TEDGlobal fellow had on her organization, Mideast Youth, and their new project, CrowdVoice (profiled…

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The Cruel Depths of the Digital Divide

Talking about the digital divide is a bit passť. It was once a major issue. According to digital policy expert Sonia Arrison, in the late nineties “the Rev. Jesse Jackson called the digital divide ‘classic apartheid,’ the NAACP’s Kweisi Mfume dubbed it ‘technological segregation,’ and President Clinton urged a ‘national crusade’.” International institutions funded programs…

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Two Paradigms of Digital Activism

At the Guardian Activate Summit last month, social media entrepreneur Gaurav Mishra (full disclosure: we dated) argued that there are two digital activism paradigms: information and inspiration: In the first paradigm of digital activism, you work with a disadvantaged group that suffers from limited access to even the most basic information and tools for self-expression.…

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