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Not fearing to be liked: the majoritarianism of contemporary protest culture

Not fearing to be liked: the majoritarianism of contemporary protest culture | Digital Protest | Scoop.it

Drawing examples from communications on the web and through social media in particular, I argue that activist use of corporate social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter in contemporary protest movements revolves to a great extent around projecting their majoritarian ambitions.

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The majoritarianism of contemporary #protest culture by @paologerbaudo http://sco.lt/7vNdKL #activism #socialmedia #politics
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From Free Software to Artisan Science by @danmcquillan

From Free Software to Artisan Science by @danmcquillan | Digital Protest | Scoop.it

My personal journey with Free Software began in the 1990′s when I was working on technology projects in the UK non-profit sector. I had become aware of a collaborative mode of software production that sounded like it shared a lot of the values of organisations I worked with. I was used to non-profit and participatory projects being small and mostly low impact: imagine my surprise when I read that most of the servers in the City of London ran Apache (a free software web server), and mostly without the knowledge of the senior managers.

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Internet freedom has its dark side

Internet freedom has its dark side | Digital Protest | Scoop.it
Internet freedom has its dark side The Nation Suicide by girl who was abused online shows the dangers that youngsters can be exposed to
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Facebook and the threat to individual expression in the Middle East

Facebook and the threat to individual expression in the Middle East | Digital Protest | Scoop.it
Dr Elisabetta Costa describes how early results from fieldwork in the Middle East are beginning to show how facebook may be limiting aspects of individual expression.
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The Religious Right Rises! Advocates Face High Stakes in Pakistan

The Religious Right Rises! Advocates Face High Stakes in Pakistan | Digital Protest | Scoop.it
State institutions create new lists of URLs each day and block them routinely. Advocates who challenge state censorship and surveillance practice face increasingly grave threats from both the government and the religious right.
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‘OI’ NA TV, O jornalismo em tempo real da mídia ninja

‘OI’ NA TV, O jornalismo em tempo real da mídia ninja | Digital Protest | Scoop.it
Das ruas para a rede, ao vivo e sem cortes. Munidos de um telefone celular, uma conexão 3G e a promessa de um olhar diferente da mídia convencional, integrantes do coletivo Narrativas Independentes, Jornalismo e Aç...
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New journal issue on Platform Politics

Journal of Culture and Theory

 

Introduction: Politics, Power and ‘Platformativity’

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Streets Can Be Public Spaces Too

Streets Can Be Public Spaces Too | Digital Protest | Scoop.it
A street shouldn't just be about transportation, but also about civic definition and social and commercial interaction.

Via Alberto Corsín Jiménez
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Snowden, Greenwald and Wikileaks are winning

Snowden, Greenwald and Wikileaks are winning | Digital Protest | Scoop.it
Americans are becoming more concerned that government 'anti-terror' programmes are actually restricting civil liberties.
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An Introduction to “The Critical Power of Free Software: from Intellectual Property to Epistemologies?

An Introduction to “The Critical Power of Free Software: from Intellectual Property to Epistemologies? | Digital Protest | Scoop.it
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The rise of America's warrior cops

The rise of America's warrior cops | Digital Protest | Scoop.it
Author Radley Balko explains why America's police forces often look and act like another branch of the military.
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Ends with brief comment on #Occupy and social media 'push-back' on military tactics of police.

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The Weakness of Crowds | Limn

The Weakness of Crowds | Limn | Digital Protest | Scoop.it

Why can’t crowds defend themselves? Alek Felstiner explores how the power of crowds to decide is also a weakness when it comes to organizing.

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Wikileaks 'strained' US-Afghan ties

Wikileaks 'strained' US-Afghan ties | Digital Protest | Scoop.it
The Wikileaks disclosures strained US-Afghan ties, a retired US Army general says at the sentencing hearing of Pte First Class Bradley Manning.
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Campaign for Sudan flood victims moves online

Campaign for Sudan flood victims moves online | Digital Protest | Scoop.it
Young people use social media to draw attention to thousands left without shelter, food and clean water.
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Tim Jordan - Hacking: Digital Media and Technological Determinism

Tim Jordan - Hacking: Digital Media and Technological Determinism | Digital Protest | Scoop.it
The Polity book catalogue page for Tim Jordan , Hacking: Digital Media and Technological Determinism.
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The Arab Spring and Social Media Audiences

Although popular media narratives about the role of social media in driving the events of the 2011 “Arab Spring” are likely to overstate the impact of Facebook and Twitter on these uprisings, it is nonetheless true that protests and unrest in countries from Tunisia to Syria generated a substantial amount of social media activity. On Twitter alone, several millions of tweets containing the hashtags #libya or #egypt were generated during 2011, both by directly affected citizens of these countries and by onlookers from further afield. What remains unclear, though, is the extent to which there was any direct interaction between these two groups (especially considering potential language barriers between them). Building on hashtag data sets gathered between January and November 2011, this article compares patterns of Twitter usage during the popular revolution in Egypt and the civil war in Libya. Using custom-made tools for processing “big data,” we examine the volume of tweets sent by English-, Arabic-, and mixed-language Twitter users over time and examine the networks of interaction (variously through @replying, retweeting, or both) between these groups as they developed and shifted over the course of these uprisings. Examining @reply and retweet traffic, we identify general patterns of information flow between the English- and Arabic-speaking sides of the Twittersphere and highlight the roles played by users bridging both language spheres.

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Views you can use? How online ratings affect your judgment

Views you can use? How online ratings affect your judgment | Digital Protest | Scoop.it
Positive comments create an illusory snowball effect, while negative responses get cancelled out.
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No shooting at protest? Police may block mobile devices via Apple

No shooting at protest? Police may block mobile devices via Apple | Digital Protest | Scoop.it
Apple has patented a piece of technology which would allow government and police to block transmission of information, including video and photographs, from any public gathering or venue they deem “sensitive”, and “protected from externalities.”...
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Netizen Report: Vietnam Escalates Online Censorship

Netizen Report: Vietnam Escalates Online Censorship | Digital Protest | Scoop.it
Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.
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Project Chanology - Wikipedia

Project Chanology (also called Operation Chanology[1]) was a protest movement against the practices of the Church of Scientology by members of Anonymous, a leaderless Internet-based group that defines itself as ubiquitous. The project was started in response to the Church of Scientology's attempts to remove material from a highly publicized interview with Scientologist Tom Cruise from the Internet in January 2008.

The project was publicly launched in the form of a video posted to YouTube, "Message to Scientology", on January 21, 2008. The video states that Anonymous views Scientology's actions as Internet censorship, and asserts the group's intent to "expel the church from the Internet". This was followed by distributed denial-of-service attacks (DDoS), and soon after, black faxes, prank calls, and other measures intended to disrupt the Church of Scientology's operations. In February 2008, the focus of the protest shifted to legal methods, including nonviolent protests and an attempt to get the Internal Revenue Service to investigate the Church of Scientology's tax exempt status in the United States.

Reactions from the Church of Scientology regarding the protesters' actions have varied. Initially, one spokesperson stated that members of the group "have got some wrong information" about Scientology.[2] Another referred to the group as a group of "computer geeks".[3] Later, the Church of Scientology started referring to Anonymous as "cyberterrorists" perpetrating "religious hate crimes" against the church.

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Mass protests on Tunisian streets

Mass protests on Tunisian streets | Digital Protest | Scoop.it
Tens of thousands march in Tunisia's capital to demand the Islamist-led government resign, as the constituent assembly is suspended.
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Complexity, Autonomy and Social Media: Understanding the Uprisings of 2011 Through the Lenses of Anarchism and Organisational Cybernetics

Complexity, Autonomy and Social Media: Understanding the Uprisings of 2011 Through the Lenses of Anarchism and Organisational Cybernetics | Digital Protest | Scoop.it
Complexity, Autonomy and Social Media: Understanding the Uprisings of 2011 Through the Lenses of Anarchism and Organisational Cybernetics
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Instagram to get political with D.C. liaison

Instagram to get political with D.C. liaison | Digital Protest | Scoop.it
Facebook is hiring a political outreach manager to spread the gospel of Instagram on Capitol Hill. Read this article by Jennifer Van Grove on CNET News.
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Vietnam to ban social media from sharing news online

Vietnam to ban social media from sharing news online | Digital Protest | Scoop.it
Vietnam will ban bloggers and social media users from sharing news stories online.
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