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A look at the new opportunities for marginalized voices to be heard, social change, & the power shifts that have been accelerated by online communication
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Avatar activism: are social media avatars effective in showing support?

Avatar activism: are social media avatars effective in showing support? | Counter Power | Scoop.it
Social media users changed avatars this week to support gay rights in the wake of supreme court cases – but is this useful?
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The Problem with Tweeting a Revolution

The Problem with Tweeting a Revolution | Counter Power | Scoop.it
Andy Carvin, "the man who tweets revolutions," logged 1,000 tweets a day about the uprisings of the Arab Spring. He says social media helped him understand events better than he would have if he'd been there.

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Social Media for Real World Social Change

Social Media for Real World Social Change | Counter Power | Scoop.it
The Real World Change 2.0 series with Leslie Poston is an ongoing look at how people are using social media tools and their personal and professional social media networks to br...
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Judge awards Bradley Manning 112 days off prison sentence

Army Private First Class Bradley Manning was back in court on Tuesday where he is being accused of participating in what could be the largest document leak i...

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Internet vigilantism: Bullying the bully - Journal Pioneer

Internet vigilantism: Bullying the bully - Journal Pioneer | Counter Power | Scoop.it
Internet vigilantism: Bullying the bully
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Consequently, hacktivists, such as the online group “Anonymous,” have perceived what they believe is a justifiable way to avenge the victim: it's called Internet vigilantism.
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How Social Media Gives Us All a Seat at the Summit

How Social Media Gives Us All a Seat at the Summit | Counter Power | Scoop.it
Right now, world leaders are gathering in Rio de Janeiro for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20, to define pathways to a more sustainable future for our world.
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Slacktivism is like a First Kiss

Slacktivism is like a First Kiss | Counter Power | Scoop.it
You can't make a baby by kissing. This metaphor sounds weird, but bear with me.  You can't make a baby by kissing just like you can't end poverty or elect a president or gain civil rights by joining a Facebook group or tweeting or forwarding an SMS.
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Interesting analogy to highlight how slackitivism can have a desired effect and lead to action.

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KONY 2012 May Be Flawed, But Slacktivism Isn't the Enemy

KONY 2012 May Be Flawed, But Slacktivism Isn't the Enemy | Counter Power | Scoop.it
Unless you've spent the past week unplugged from the social web, you've probably made note of an exceptionally viral 30-minute documentary called KONY 2012.
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What Is a 'Hacktivist'? - New York Times (blog)

What Is a 'Hacktivist'? - New York Times (blog) | Counter Power | Scoop.it
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What Is a 'Hacktivist'?
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The untimely death of the young Internet activist Aaron Swartz, apparently by suicide, has prompted an outpouring of reaction in the digital world.
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Arab Spring Internet revolutions: Are Twitter and Facebook toppling dictators?

Dictators are toppling across the Arab world. What role has the Internet played in their demise? Last week, at a Future Tense forum sponsored bySlate, Arizona State University, and the New America Foundation, bloggers and activists from countries in turmoil, particularly in the Middle East, gathered to talk about how interactive media and social networks are influencing events on the ground.

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40 Years Later, Pentagon Papers Being Declassified; Go Online Today

40 Years Later, Pentagon Papers Being Declassified; Go Online Today | Counter Power | Scoop.it

Though nearly all of what's in the famous papers has been known for decades, they were still classified. Now, experts say, reading them in full and in proper context will help us better understand how U.S.

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WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange on Role of U.S. Cables in Helping Stir Arab Spring

WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange on Role of U.S. Cables in Helping Stir Arab Spring | Counter Power | Scoop.it

Earlier this year, WikiLeaks released a the largest trove of classified U.S. State Department cables in history, exposing the U.S. role in propping up unpopular regimes in the Middle East and supporting human rights abuses against opponents.


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Millions of messages and tweets sent during Bell Let's Talk Day

Millions of messages and tweets sent during Bell Let's Talk Day | Counter Power | Scoop.it
The numbers are still being added up, but it appears that Bell Let's Talk Day was hugely successful in both raising money for mental health initiatives and breaking down the stigma about mental health issues.
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Four Ways Social Media Is Redefining Activism

Four Ways Social Media Is Redefining Activism | Counter Power | Scoop.it
Social media lets us connect and see that we can make a difference
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Social Media Use Leads to Real-World Actions

Social Media Use Leads to Real-World Actions | Counter Power | Scoop.it
A new survey shows that more than half of users on four of the top five social platforms have taken offline action as a result of an online interaction.
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Julian Assange on Wikileaks, Bradley Manning and the Emerging Surveillance State

Julian Assange on Wikileaks, Bradley Manning and the Emerging Surveillance State | Counter Power | Scoop.it
Assange gave Amy Goodman a rare interview.

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Is "Hacktivism" a crime or civil disobedience?

Is "Hacktivism" a crime or civil disobedience? | Counter Power | Scoop.it
Cyber activists like Aaron Swartz have increasingly turned to computer networks and other technology as a means of political protest, deploying a range of tactics — from temporarily shutting down servers to disclosing personal and corporate...
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Why Slacktivism Is Underrated

Why Slacktivism Is Underrated | Counter Power | Scoop.it
Robin Hood Marketing: Stealing Corporate Savvy to Sell Just Causes and blogs at nonprofitmarketingblog.com. You can find her on Twitter @katyaN4G. So called "slacktivists" take ...
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Why Social Media Is Reinventing Activism

Why Social Media Is Reinventing Activism | Counter Power | Scoop.it
The argument that social media fosters feel-good clicking rather than actual change began long before Malcolm Gladwell brought it up in the New Yorker — long enough to generate ...
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How Did Gangnam Style Go VIral? | Social Media Today

We're all feeling sufficiently fed up with Gangnam Style, be it the original or the enormous number of spoofs, but how did Psy hit the big time?

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Gangnam style is a great example of how one person/team can influence society and culture. Prior to its on set, Korean pop music hadn't been popular in the west, but as soon as it arrived, it was featured on numerous top radio stations - challenging the social norm
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The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers - Trailer

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Anonymous Destroys Israel By Taking Down Hundreds of Websites and Leaking Emails and Passwords

Anonymous Destroys Israel By Taking Down Hundreds of Websites and Leaking Emails and Passwords | Counter Power | Scoop.it
It looks like Anonymous followed up with its threat of digitally attacking Israel for taking military action in the Gaza strip. They've knocked down websites, deleted databases and have leaked e-mail addresses and passwords. It's a whopping takedown.

The targets taken down include the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs database and Bank of Jerusalem database, which have both been deleted. On top of that, Anon also took down over 600 sites with DDoS attacks and pasted over 2000 email addresses and passwords. Pretty rough.


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