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India had sharpest fall in internet freedom, report says; Iceland and Estonia are the most free

India had sharpest fall in internet freedom, report says; Iceland and Estonia are the most free | Digital Protest | Scoop.it
India suffered the sharpest single-year decline in web freedom around the world in 2013, a US-based organization, Freedom House, said in a report on the state of the internet in 60 countries.

 

[...] Iceland and Estonia topped the list of countries with the greatest degree of internet freedom. China, Cuba, and Iran were found to be the most repressive countries.

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Review essay: The struggle for internet freedom

Review essay: The struggle for internet freedom | Digital Protest | Scoop.it
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A politics of intellectual property: Environmentalism for the Net?

J Boyle - Duke Law Journal, 1997 - JSTORThis Essay argues that we need a politics, or perhaps a political economy, of intellectual property. Using the controversy over copyright on the Internet as a case study and the history of the environmental movement as a comparison, it offers a couple of modest proposals ...

 

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Freedom on the Net 2013 | Freedom House

Freedom on the Net 2013 | Freedom House | Digital Protest | Scoop.it
Despite Pushback, Internet Freedom Deteriorates

Freedom on the Net 2013 is the fourth report in a series of comprehensive studies of internet freedom around the globe and covers developments in 60 countries that occurred between May 2012 and April 2013. Over 60 researchers, nearly all based in the countries they analyzed, contributed to the project by researching laws and practices relevant to the digital media, testing the accessibility of select websites, and interviewing a wide range of sources, among other research activities. This edition's findings indicate that internet freedom worldwide is in decline, with 34 out of 60 countries assessed in the report experiencing a negative trajectory during the coverage period. Broad surveillance, new laws controlling web content, and growing arrests of social-media users drove this overall decline in internet freedom in the past year. Nonetheless, Freedom on the Net 2013 also found that activists are becoming more effective at raising awareness of emerging threats and, in several cases, have helped forestall new repressive measures.

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In Vietnam, Activist Group Takes a “SexyBack” Approach to Fighting Censorship

In Vietnam, Activist Group Takes a “SexyBack” Approach to Fighting Censorship | Digital Protest | Scoop.it

You know all that witty (and not-so-witty) banter about the government shutdown taking place on your Facebook newsfeed right now? In Vietnam that would be illegal.

 

Since the draconian Decree 72 went into effect on September 1, citizens are banned from discussing news and current events—or really anything that does not pertain to themselves personally—on blogs or social media sites. Activists and bloggers, however, cannot capitulate to the government's restrictions, not when bloggers and citizens journalists have become the “de facto media.” That's why the pro-democracy group Viet Tan offers virtual training in cybersecurity for bloggers and activists.

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Another example of a 3M configuration (TBC) - hackers, lawyers (?), bloggers, activists, etc, working together, but no link-up as yet with social protests, i.e. no 3MP yet (techno-libertarians + mixed activists + general population). See Postill, J. 2013. The uneven convergence of digital freedom activism and popular protest: a global theory of the new protest movements.

http://www.academia.edu/4516684/The_uneven_convergence_of_digital_freedom_activism_and_popular_protest_a_global_theory_of_the_new_protest_movements

 

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How Net Parties Are Changing the Rules of the Political Game

How Net Parties Are Changing the Rules of the Political Game | Digital Protest | Scoop.it

An article by Bernardo Gutierrez. Translation by Stacco Troncoso & AM Utronco/Guerrilla Translations.

 

The emergence of Partido X (Spain), Partido de la Red (Argentina), Red Sustentável (Brasil) and Wikipartido (Mexico) suggest a new era in politics. Net (InterNet) parties incorporate the open, horizontal and leaderless processes associated with free software and social movements such as 15M.

 

“The party is a platform, not an ideological stance”, “The party is a tool used to convert the “one for many” structure, into a “many for many” conversation.” “The party should be both a movement and a platform”, “The party aims to develop a method, not an ideology”. These aren’t mere political slogans. These are statements which define, respectively, the essence of the Wikipartido (Mexico), Partido de la Red (Argentina), Rede Sustentabilidade (Brasil) and Partido X (Spain). All four first appeared in recent months. And together they seem to pose a question to representative democracy: If the Net is changing every aspect of society, how is it that democracy remains based on 19th Century form and technology?

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Understanding the Language of the Occupy Movement

In the expanding area of narrative inquiry, researchers often battle with the decision of how to analyze/interpret data. The aim of this article is to propose the use of cognitive linguistics as a tool in narrative analysis using as a case illustration interviews conducted in October/November 2011 with participants in the Occupy movement (Occupy). Results expose important metaphors/metonymies that reveal much about the perception of the movement by its inceptors. Not only did the analysis present the movement as a war and a force against government corporations, oppression, and inequality, but it was also seen as a strong structure and a family/community that needed to be awakened, fed, heard, seen, and felt. The contribution of this article lies not only in a greater understanding of Occupy but also in a demonstration of the value that an in-depth cognitive linguistic analysis has to offer in narrative inquiry.

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Haris Ibrahim and the growing Malaysian diaspora | Inside Story

Haris Ibrahim and the growing Malaysian diaspora | Inside Story | Digital Protest | Scoop.it
The Malaysian activist was due in Australia this week to speak in three cities and meet members the large Malaysian community here, writes Gerhard Hoffstaedter.
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UN High Commissioner speaks of ongoing intimidation of activists and journalists in Sri Lanka

UN High Commissioner speaks of ongoing intimidation of activists and journalists in Sri Lanka | Digital Protest | Scoop.it
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay joins Lateline live from New York to discuss her recent week-long fact-finding mission to Sri Lanka
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Democracy or Autonomy: Indymedia and the Contradictions of Global Social Movement Networks

Democracy or Autonomy: Indymedia and the Contradictions of Global Social Movement Networks | Digital Protest | Scoop.it

In this article, I examine the indymedia movement as exemplar of a transnational network where the dynamics of democracy and local autonomy come into tension. Indymedia was launched during the World Trade Organization protests in Seattle in 1999. Since 1999, indymedia has mushroomed into a transnational social movement based network. Through the lens of indymedia’s networked structure, I examine the tension between participatory decision-making and local autonomy. In specific I look at the decision of the global indymedia network to reject a large grant from the Ford Foundation because of Ford’s history in the Argentine dirty wars. The heated episode, which almost forced the growing network to shut down, brings to the fore the complex contradictions of local autonomy and shared decision-making in the age of networks. Moreover, this episode and indymedia in general, brings to light the inability of decentralized networks to build proactive power, highlighting the disorganizing and at times debilitating logic of contemporary social movements.

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The weapon of choice

The weapon of choice | Digital Protest | Scoop.it
“THE little screaming fact that sounds through all history”, John Steinbeck wrote, is that “repression works only to strengthen and knit the repressed.” The...
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Supports my argument here: http://www.academia.edu/4019165/Spains_indignados_and_the_mediated_aesthetics_of_nonviolence

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An ethnographic study of the re-conceptualization of opinion leadership via Twitter amongst Egyptian revolutionaries in the post-Jan25 revolution era

An ethnographic study of the re-conceptualization of opinion leadership via Twitter amongst Egyptian revolutionaries in the post-Jan25 revolution era | Digital Protest | Scoop.it

This study applied the two-step-flow-of-information model within an ethnographic approach to explore the two-step-flow of information model for re-conceptualizing opinion leadership via Twitter in the post-Jan25 revolution era. The study is inspired by the 25th of January revolution that shacked many of the taken-for-granted thoughts and perceptions. The study belongs to the new trend in media-audience studies claiming that with media convergence, 'the user is the tool,' and 'the sender becomes the message.' The data collection tools are (a) seven months of participant-observation conducted on a purposive sample of approximately 400 Egyptian tweeps, (b) online semi-structured interviews conducted with a purposive sub-sample of eighteen tweeps, and (c) seventy online questionnaires. Four major concepts were examined; opinion leaders, leaders-followers relationship, linear versus circular flow-of-information, and the role of Twitter in the flow-of-information in post-Jan25 revolution era. Analysis found that Twitter is distinguished for its users' characteristics more than its technological features. Within Twitter, there are more of opinion-organizers, recommenders, analyzers, more than leaders. Data imply that traditional media outstanding position in the flow-of-information model is challenged; it needs to go beyond having an online URL, Facebook page, or Twitter account, to upgrade its old rules and regulations, and the mentality guiding its performance, as well as to focus more on service and informational roles than publicity and manipulation. Indications suggest that Egyptian tweeps have a mutually equal leader-follower relationship.

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The Crisis Interregnum: Considerations on the Political Articulation of the Global Crisis. From the New Right-Wing Populism to the Occupy Movement

The Crisis Interregnum: Considerations on the Political Articulation of the Global Crisis. From the New Right-Wing Populism to the Occupy Movement | Digital Protest | Scoop.it

In 2013, the world is entering the sixth year of the global crisis. In those six years, sparked by the unfolding events, there has developed a burgeoning literature regarding the origins, conjunctures and regional manifestations of the crisis. In many ways, this debate evolved from long-term disputes regarding the nature of the current phase of capitalism and its periodization (monopoly-finance capitalism, post-Fordism, finance driven accumulation regime, financial-market capitalism, neoliberalism, high-tech capitalism etc.) and has brought to light the epistemological and political differences between the various approaches. However, as Magnus Ryner (2012) has pointed out, with a few notable exceptions, the debate has shed insufficient light on the political articulation of the crisis and the interrelations between the political and the economic sphere. With regard to not only the origins of the crisis but also and particularly the viability of exit strategies from it, the struggles over hegemony occurring during the crisis are essential. Hence, complementing the Marxist and Marxian crisis debate, it is the goal of this paper to shed some light on the political articulations of the global crisis and assess the interrelations between global leadership efforts seeking exit strategies from the crisis and the hegemonic struggles underlying their agencies. While in looking at the struggle between left and right projects of leadership references will be made to numerous core and non-core capitalist countries, the main focus will be on the two dominant actors in NAFTA and the EU, the United States and Germany, which have shaped the politics of exit strategies from the crisis in North America and the Eurozone.

 

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A Year Later, What I Got Right And Wrong In 'This Machine Kills Secrets,' My Book On A New Era Of Information Leaks

A Year Later, What I Got Right And Wrong In 'This Machine Kills Secrets,' My Book On A New Era Of Information Leaks | Digital Protest | Scoop.it
Video"The 21st century would be wise to expect more Bradley Mannings," I wrote in the final sentence of the first chapter of my book, This Machine Kills Secrets, published just over a year ago. That prediction came true far faster than I expected.
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"Secuencia de gestación, explosión y contagio del ciclo de los movimientos red 2011-2013".

"Secuencia de gestación, explosión y contagio del ciclo de los movimientos red 2011-2013". | Digital Protest | Scoop.it
MESA 1: "Secuencia de gestación, explosión y contagio del ciclo de los movimientos red 2011-2013".

10:30H - 14:30H

Lina Ben Mehnni (Blogger “A Tunisian girl”. Universidad de Túnez).Javier Toret (Investigador. Trabaja entre filosofía, política, psicología y tecnología, Datanalysis15M)Luis Caballud (Universidad de Pennsylvania. Occupy Wall Street)Israel Solorio (Investigador. Movimiento YoSoy132 de México)Bernardo Gutiérrez  (Periodista. Revueltas de Brasil)Baybars Kulebi (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Occupy Gezy Barcelona)
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Media and Global Civil Society

Media and Global Civil Society | Digital Protest | Scoop.it

Much analysis and hope in both academia and political rhetoric currently rests on ideas of deliberation and post-national democratic practices – the roots of a 'global civil society'. This has taken force as not just an analysis of social and political change, but as a normative project. This book has grown out of concern with how changes in media are influencing democratic function and politics in our global age. Lina Dencik argues that counter to much discussion, the very notion of a global civil society needs to be subjected to rigorous critique, given so much of the debate is based on an implicit (and problematic) account of changing conditions, not least within the media. Bridging the gap between different literatures across disciplines and presenting new empirical data on key sites of news production, the book provides a fresh and critical approach to the topical debate on media, globalization and social and political change.

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Movement of the Day: Is the X Party the 'Party of the Future'?

There is a whole wave of Internet-Based Political Parties, especially in “Latin” countries, on which our friend Bernardo Gutierrez devoted an article, “How Net Parties Are Changing the Rules of the Political Game“.

 

The essence is that this parties are non-representational and choose to be open platforms for members and the public to define their own policies, as Bernardo wrote:

 

“Regardless, the biggest difference between the new Net parties and the old is something else: their open program. Both the Pirate Party and Partido de Internet have very specific objectives regarding Internet freedom, free licenses and participatory democracy. And Equo doesn’t try to hide its green face. The Candidatura d´Unitat Popular (CUP) – a Net-born Catalonian Party – defines itself as “Anticapitalist, Separatist Left”. Despite this, Net parties are, above all, open processes. They are also, by choice, unfinished mechanisms. The aim is to create platforms, protocols and tools that can employed by others. Anyone can use the mechanism, regardless of the content created with it.”

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Book Review: The Women’s Movement in Protest, Institutions and the Internet: Australia in Transnational Perspective

Book Review: The Women’s Movement in Protest, Institutions and the Internet: Australia in Transnational Perspective | Digital Protest | Scoop.it

The death of feminism is regularly proclaimed in the West. Yet at the same time feminism has never had such an extensive presence, whether in international norms and institutions, or online in blogs and social networking campaigns. This book argues that the women’s movement is not over; but rather social movement theory has led us to look in the wrong places. Elizabeth Evans finds that this is essential reading for those interested in finding out more about the dynamic and varied nature of the Australian women’s movement.

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Biometric Creep: Anonymous Investigates iPhone 5s and the Ugly Leviathan Stalker State

PLEASE MIRROR ASAP! Props to VeriDoctores for the intro. (Music from that intro by One Winged Angel http://tinyurl.com/c4752v9) *Correction: Robert E. Grady…
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Gabriella Coleman ‏@BiellaColeman 11s

so @YourAnonNews released one of the best videos by Anonymous I have seen. http://vimeo.com/75529652 ; The content is creepy the style amazing

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Record Label Picks Copyright Fight — With The Wrong Guy

Record Label Picks Copyright Fight — With The Wrong Guy | Digital Protest | Scoop.it
Lawrence Lessig, a world-famous copyright attorney, was not pleased when YouTube removed his video.
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Seven Ways Occupy Changed America — and Is Still Changing It - The Indypendent

Seven Ways Occupy Changed America — and Is Still Changing It - The Indypendent | Digital Protest | Scoop.it

Before Occupy came along, the Tea Party narrative was dominant in American politics. Conservative activists told a story about how big government was strangling taxpayers and small businesses, holding back growth, fiscally bankrupting the nation, and attacking freedom. Occupy’s rise was a pivot point away from that narrative. It legitimized public discussion of inequality and helped embolden Democrats to talk about this problem, including President Obama, who gave a hard-hitting speech on inequality in Osawatomie, Kansas just three months after demonstrators first appeared at Zuccotti Park.

 


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#OurNASS protesters take to the streets in Nigeria

#OurNASS protesters take to the streets in Nigeria | Digital Protest | Scoop.it
Campaign calls for a full breakdown of National Assembly budget.
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Protests in Sudan: Dozens Feared Dead · Global Voices

Protests in Sudan: Dozens Feared Dead  · Global Voices | Digital Protest | Scoop.it
Sudan's answer against protests was cutting off the Internet and killing dozens of protestors. Activists say Sudan pulled the Internet plug to stop activists from sharing its crackdown on protestors.
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