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Twitter Makes Crowds Less Predictable: Scientific American

Twitter Makes Crowds Less Predictable: Scientific American | Digital Protest | Scoop.it
The protests in Turkey demonstrate the social physics of highly connected crowds

 

Twitter became the principal communication tool for the protesters; a diverse and previously politically inactive people self-mobilized; and the uprising caught most observers by surprise. These three features may be interrelated. There is an emerging understanding of the relationship between connectedness and collective decisions. As one would expect, when people are better connected, they tend to unite around popular decisions. But research also suggests that social connection — fostered by Twitter, say — also makes crowds fundamentally less predictable. With social media connecting people to an unprecedented degree, it is possible that the sudden emergence of unexpected collective action will be a defining feature of this era.

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#Turkey Shows Twitter Makes Crowds Less Predictable http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=twitter-makes-crowds-less-predictable … by @ozgunatasoy HT @OlgaWerby

 
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"Standing Man": Turkey's Eerie, Powerful New Protest Movement

"Standing Man": Turkey's Eerie, Powerful New Protest Movement | Digital Protest | Scoop.it
Less than a week after police forcibly removed demonstrators from Istanbul's central Taksim square, Turkish anti-government protestors re-occupied the space—without fanfare, violence, planning or noise.
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#JMBG Manifesto, Bosnia

#JMBG Manifesto, Bosnia | Digital Protest | Scoop.it

WHO WE ARE: We are citizens of this country – parents with children, students, housekeepers, workers, unemployed, pensioners, regardless of our ethnic or religious background or any other status, and we share the common interest that rights of all persons, above all the rights of children, are fully observed. We represent no organisation or political party, nor we want for any of the 191 political parties, the countless local and foreing NGOs and associations, international and local institutions, initiatives, formal and informal groups to speak in the name of citizens. If necessary, we are prepared to list you all by name, because we want to make a clear distinction between you and the citizens. We have no organizers and everybody is welcome to support the #jmbg initiative, but only as individual citizens with full first and last name, and not in any other way. 

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John Postill's comment, June 19, 2013 6:40 PM
Reflections on a Revolution
Manifesto of the #JMBG movement in Bosnia. Since a babygirl named Berina died in a Belgrade hospital, after being smuggled out of the country by her parents because their government was unable to provide their child with the necessary travel documents, protests have continued for days. Protestors are determined to continue at least until the 30th of June, the date on which they have set the deadline for their politicians to meet their demands.
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Is Cybertopianism Really Such a Bad Thing?

Is Cybertopianism Really Such a Bad Thing? | Digital Protest | Scoop.it
In 1993 Howard Rheingold published The Virtual Community, reflections on the time he’d spent in early electronic forums, including Internet Relay Chat (IRC), a text-based, real-time chat system created in 1988 but still popular today in...

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John Postill's comment, June 20, 2013 12:15 AM
It's certainly badly spelt (or spelled, if you prefer).
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Brazil protests erupt on huge scale

Brazil protests erupt on huge scale | Digital Protest | Scoop.it
Some of country's biggest ever rallies sweep major cities as bus fare rise is last straw in spiral of high costs and poor services

 

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Reflecting the importance of social networks in spreading the message about the protests, some in São Paulo – where numbers were estimated at between 30,000 and 100,000 – carried banners declaring "We come from Facebook".

 

Most protesters were young and for many it was their first experience of such a giant rally. "My generation has never experienced this," said Thiago Firbida, a student. "Since the dictatorship Brazilians never bothered to take over the streets. They did not believe they had a reason to. But now Brazil is once again in crisis, with a constant rise in prices, so people are finally reacting."

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In Turkish Protests, Real Social Media Expertise at Work

In Turkish Protests, Real Social Media Expertise at Work | Digital Protest | Scoop.it

Exactly the right approach: use the public side of Facebook and Twitter for what they’re good at (public communications) and turn to invite-only channels for the real work of getting people out on the streets. That way, when the police come after your Twitter activists, others can keep working behind the scenes.

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Anthropology of social media within the city and the Gezi Park protests

Anthropology of social media within the city and the Gezi Park protests | Digital Protest | Scoop.it
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Turkish protesters take on media

Turkish protesters take on media | Digital Protest | Scoop.it
Demonstrators in Turkey are taking on the media - and the work of the media - over the protests surrounding Gezi Park.
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Why Turks are good at protesting

Why Turks are good at protesting | Digital Protest | Scoop.it
Widespread use of social media and political humour have given the recent demonstrations a viral effect.
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The nature of collective intelligence

The nature of collective intelligence | Digital Protest | Scoop.it

Digital data stem from our own personal and social cognitive processes and thus express them in one way or another. But we still don’t have any scientific tools to make sense of the data flows produced by online creative conversations at the scale of the digital medium as a whole.


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Liliane Clavel Pardo's curator insight, June 16, 2013 3:11 AM

J'adore les articles selectionnés par cet internaute...

Erika Harrison's curator insight, July 17, 2013 8:17 PM

Levy on how human communications and digital media create platforms for augmented collective intelligence.

Klaus Meschede's curator insight, July 21, 2013 12:24 PM

Vortrag 2010, immer noch interessant

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The academic paper that predicted the NSA scandal

The academic paper that predicted the NSA scandal | Digital Protest | Scoop.it
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Icelandic Legislator: I'm Ready To Help NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden Seek Asylum

Icelandic Legislator: I'm Ready To Help NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden Seek Asylum | Digital Protest | Scoop.it
Icelandic legislator and Icelandic Modern Media Initiative co-founder Birgitta Jonsdottir When WikiLeaks burst onto the international stage in 2010, the small Nordic nation of Iceland offered it a safe haven.
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Book Review: The Year of Dreaming Dangerously

Book Review: The Year of Dreaming Dangerously | Digital Protest | Scoop.it
2011 caught the world off guard with a series of shattering political and economic events, and in this book Slavoj Žižek looks back on how protesters in New York, Cairo, London, and Athens took to ...
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Shared symbolism of global youth unrest

Shared symbolism of global youth unrest | Digital Protest | Scoop.it
Different languages but shared symbols - the BBC's Paul Mason examines what is driving recent unrest in Brazil, Turkey and Bulgaria.
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Anonymous & LulzSec: It was an epic year, isn't it?

Prepárate para 2012 @LulzSec Entradas relacionadas :Anonymous lanza #OpTurkey #Virusiaioflautas [LIVE] #Feliz15M spainrevolution.com 2 años online! 12 de mayo. De la indignación a la rebelión...
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The future of European Turkey

The future of European Turkey | Digital Protest | Scoop.it
The time has come for Turkish President Abdullah Gul to show statesmanship and speak out clearly and forcefully against the abuse of power.
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The future of European #Turkey http://euobserver.com/opinion/120523 ; by @KeremOxford & @GeraldKnaus #direnankara #DirenTürkiye #DirenHalk #DirenGeziparkı

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The riots in Brazil seen from a different planet

The riots in Brazil seen from a different planet | Digital Protest | Scoop.it

After Egypt, Turkey, and other parts of the world, it is now time for Brazilians to appear on the front page of international newspapers – here and here. Yesterday, a quarter of a million people participated in political demonstrations across the country. But while I am also in Brazil, my experience is as though I was living on a different planet. Protests are happening 70 kilometres from here, at the state capital, but it might as well be across the ocean somewhere else. The Brazilians at my field site are simply not showing much interest in these events, especially not on Facebook.

 

It is an interesting inversion, noteworthy because Facebook and Twitter are, again, at the core of these “emergent” political rallies. What made the initial demonstrations (against the raise of bus fares in São Paulo) spread online was that the established news outlets such as radio stations and newspapers tried to ignore them. The feeling of impotence against the powerful – including the ones controlling the news – fueled people to self-organize and share information through social networking sites about the next rallies.

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An analysis of Gezi Parki - Alternatif Bilişim Derneği

An analysis of Gezi Parki - Alternatif Bilişim Derneği | Digital Protest | Scoop.it

Free/Open Source software has been developed and used to distribute information in the case of emergencies and requests for aid. The source code of these programs has also been distributed in social media. In case of potential blockage of social media tools, open DNS and VPN information have been communicated: technical solutions to technical barricades. Despite the severity of the situation, social media has been used to amplify the the carnivalesque tone of the public actions. People who were exposed to excessive violence, who were injured, who were taken into custody, those who lost their relatives turned the Internet and social media into a machine to expose the irony at the core of the events. The protestors comical accounts of their acts of resistance, their injuries and their successes created minor myths in which irony and humor came to overturn the government symbolically. There are many examples of this, including calling Gezi Park the BeatingPark, a dog with a sign saying "If there are no parks, I will shit in a shopping mall," "If there is so much gas, the shit will be dumped soon," "Hilmi from Toma," (replacing Roma (Rome) with Toma the water canon), and sound recordings of police-radio conversations with ultras after the latter hijacked Tomas, and the list goes on.

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Ciberativismo mostra sua força no Brasil

Ciberativismo mostra sua força no Brasil | Digital Protest | Scoop.it
Pelas redes sociais, jovens organizam protestos que levam milhares às ruas
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Simply the best: Parody and political sincerity in Iceland

Simply the best: Parody and political sincerity in Iceland | Digital Protest | Scoop.it

Pursuing a self-described anarcho-surrealist politics in the aftermath of Iceland's banking crisis, Jón Gnarr shocked the country's political establishment by winning the mayoral election in Reykjavík in May 2010. In this article, I explore the rise of Gnarr's Best Party, especially its refusal to accept a distinction between parody and sincerity in its mode of political performance. Against the backdrop of the increasing monopolization of (neo)liberal political discourse and action, I discuss how “Gnarrism” reflects at once something old and something new in northern liberal democracy.

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What do Bosnia, Bulgaria and Brazil have in common?

What do Bosnia, Bulgaria and Brazil have in common? | Digital Protest | Scoop.it
Once again, it’s kicking off everywhere: from Turkey to Bosnia, Bulgaria and Brazil, the endless struggle for real democracy resonates around the globe.
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From the Golden Calf to Gezi park: religious imagery and modern protest

From the Golden Calf to Gezi park: religious imagery and modern protest | Digital Protest | Scoop.it
Giles Fraser: Loose canon: Religious images have caused conflict for centuries. Turkey is now struggling with a religion too confident in its representations
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Hacktivists: Heroes Or, Well, Hacks? : NPR

Hacktivists: Heroes Or, Well, Hacks? : NPR | Digital Protest | Scoop.it
NSA leaker Eric Snowden and the people behind Wikileaks are being called 'hacktivists' for their activities.
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Riot police storm squat as anti-G8 protesters swarm through central London

Riot police storm squat as anti-G8 protesters swarm through central London | Digital Protest | Scoop.it
Riot police stormed a squat in central London as protesters played cat and mouse with police down some of the city's busiest streets ahead of next week's G8 summit.
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Laughtivism month, Movements.org

Laughtivism month, Movements.org | Digital Protest | Scoop.it

Movements.org is declaring June Dictator Appreciation Month.

Why? Because we like sarcasm. And right now, activists around the world are using comedy and satire better than ever to tell the truth about dictators who violate human rights & to fight back against PR companies who are paid big money to "white-wash" their image...

Join these "laughtivists" by checking out our featured gallery of dictators and great laughtivism from each country. Then get started producing your own hilarious dictator content with a poignant message. Use the Submit button to send us your memes/GIFs/cartoons/jokes and we'll feature all the best stuff you create here, on Twitter, and on Facebook.

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