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What websites and tools do you find the most useful for online activism?

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What websites and tools do you find the most useful for online activism?

Post  Admin on Sat 21 Jul - 22:32

You might want to talk about social networks, web-tools or on-line organisations that support activism.

  • Tell us what they do

  • What is good about them?

  • How could they be improved?

  • What tools would you create that could make life easier for online activists?

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Sites and tools

Post  Mdhamiri on Mon 30 Jul - 9:12

Social Networking sites all have their own pros and cons. I think the best way a social activist starting a campaign would use them, is a mix of all, adjusting their discussions per website.
Here's a list of a sites which I would define as places where social activism can take place.
(In no particular order)
Twitter
Quora
Facebook
Youtube
Newspaper websites (Guardian, Daily Mail)
Forums

Feel free to add your own!

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Re: What websites and tools do you find the most useful for online activism?

Post  puzzle on Tue 31 Jul - 21:02

I think you've covered most of them! I've not heard of Quora before though. What does that entail?

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Re: What websites and tools do you find the most useful for online activism?

Post  vengefulspoon on Sat 4 Aug - 11:00

You might want to talk about social networks, web-tools or on-line organisations that support activism.

Tell us what they do
The social networks I usually use are Livejournal for educational/community purposes (Discussion, learning and teaching others about things such as feminism, abortion rights) and Facebook/Twitter for mobilisation (For example going to demonstrations in real life) and raising awareness in local communities.

What is good about them?
The format of Livejournal means that you can easily refer to past posts on a subject and build a discussion which can get bigger in comparison to Facebook. It also allows for anonymity, which is more important for feminism as some people want to discuss real life experiences/incidences (For example of harassment, sexual harassment, etc) without being identified or identifiable.
Facebook allows for awareness to spread quite quickly and easily about events or news, so is useful in terms of boycotts or demonstrations. However, I find that Facebook is only as good as the followers friends. For example, my Facebook friends are not my activist friends, so it is hard for me to pass on news in my newsfeed compared to people with bigger social circles. I also have privacy concerns about Facebook, so I tend not to use it so much.


How could they be improved?
Neither Livejournal or Facebook guarantee freedom of speech as they are private companies, so this is a risk. An example I remember is Facebook removing pictures of breastfeeding women who were posting the photos to combat sexualised pictures. Not sure how it could be improved though, as that is their rights as a company.

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Quora

Post  Mdhamiri on Tue 14 Aug - 4:21

puzzle wrote:I think you've covered most of them! I've not heard of Quora before though. What does that entail?
Quora, as far as my understanding of it goes, is that it is a website that allows people to both post questions and respond to them. Similar to Yahoo answers. The difference for me is that it gives you a greater sense of interactivity, where questions can be put into topics, people who wouldn't normally interact would be able to have debates with each other etc. I define it as a tool for online activism because it can be used as a forum for discussing controversial issues, and could potentially inspire individuals to take it further.

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Reddit

Post  Angry Fossil on Wed 15 Aug - 4:44

Mdhamiri wrote:Social Networking sites all have their own pros and cons. I think the best way a social activist starting a campaign would use them, is a mix of all, adjusting their discussions per website.
Here's a list of a sites which I would define as places where social activism can take place.
(In no particular order)
Twitter
Quora
Facebook
Youtube
Newspaper websites (Guardian, Daily Mail)
Forums

Feel free to add your own!

Reddit is a site where activism happens frequently,

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