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Empowerment through Technology--the views of the activists mentioned do not necessarily reflect my own.
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The Evil New Tactic Behind Anonymous' Massive Megaupload Revenge Attack

The Evil New Tactic Behind Anonymous' Massive Megaupload Revenge Attack | Digital Activism | Scoop.it
The hacktivist collective Anonymous is in the middle of a huge revenge spree after the Feds shut down popular filesharing site Megaupload today. But they're using an evil new tactic that tricks people into helping their attack if they click an innocuous link.

The Department of Justice, MPAA and Universal Music websites have all been taken down in the past hour as part of Operation Megaupload, which is shaping up to be the biggest Anonymous campaign in months.


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#OccupyWallStreet: origin and spread visualized by Gilad Lotan

#OccupyWallStreet: origin and spread visualized by Gilad Lotan | Digital Activism | Scoop.it

Last week we published an analysis on the usage of hashtags around the #OccupyWallStreet movement on Twitter, why some phrases reach Twitter’s trending topics list, while others never do. The crux of the the argument highlighted the outcomes of a purely algorithmic mechanism that Twitter uses to generate its trending topics lists.

We’ve all seen an increasing usage of the #Occupy hashtag, splintering into a wide range of sub-movements -> #OccupyBoston, #OccupyVancouver, #OccupySF and many more.


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Digital divide and social media: Connectivity doesn’t end the digital divide, skills do by Danica Radovanovic

Digital divide and social media: Connectivity doesn’t end the digital divide, skills do by Danica Radovanovic | Digital Activism | Scoop.it

Whether we like it or not, we live in a very unequal and stratified world. We live in societies in which inequality is ignored in education, science, and in the social media. As Internet technologies are rapidly evolving and new digital divides on the Internet emerge, we must move beyond, at some point, a singular concern over Internet access and technological infrastructure issues. We must tackle socio-cultural differences, we must focus on Internet skills, literacies and social media usage.


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#Occupy Wall Street Tweets its way onto the Front Page by Alex Stonehill

#Occupy Wall Street Tweets its way onto the Front Page by Alex Stonehill | Digital Activism | Scoop.it

Newspapers don’t dictate what’s news now. With the rise of twitter, and the bloggosphere, the diversity of other voices online tell them what’s news The Occupy Wall Street protests have been a testament to this new kind of protest coverage (as perhaps the Tea Party movement was before it). The protests were initially written off, ignored and marginalized for several weeks. But the outpouring of support in Facebook and twitter streams, and the challenges from upstart outlets to the mainstream media coverage or lack thereof coupled with the tenacity of protesters, finally caught mainstream attention


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