Activism and New Media: Introduction

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presentation delivered by Evgeny Morozov at "New Media Essentials" summer school of Transitions Online

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  • 1. How can activists and NGOs benefit from new media?By Evgeny Morozov presented at New Media Essentials summer school organized by Transitions OnlinePrague, July 12/2007

2. How can activists benefit from new media? Part 1 1. Improve access/quality of information 2. Attract public attention to a particular problem 3. Facilitate gathering and/or analyzing data with the help of volunteers (crowdsourcing) 4. Establish direct contact with politicians/constituencies 3. How can activists benefit from new media? Part 2 5. Improve outreach/attract new members 6. Mobilize the movement and help with logistics 7. Create new and creative ways for fund-raising and collective action 8. Publish and exchange info with other NGOs and activists 4. 1. Improve access/quality of information

  • Examples:
  • OpenCongress
  • CongressPedia
  • TheyWorkForYou.com
  • Witness/GV Witness
  • ChicagoCrime
  • Real Costs

5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 2. Attract public attention to a particular problem

  • Examples:
  • Wikileaks
  • OpenSecrets
  • Maplight.org
  • Congressional Family Business
  • Earmarks/Sunlight
  • Unfluence

18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 3. Facilitate gathering and/or analyzing data with the help of volunteers (crowdsourcing)

  • Examples:
  • PorkBusters.org/earmarks
  • TPM Muckraker/attorneys
  • Whats Mich McConnel hiding?
  • dKospedia
  • Offthebus.net
  • Congressional web-site oversight
  • Eyes on Darfur

28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 4. Establish direct contact with politicians/constituencies

  • Examples:
  • E-petitions/UK government
  • HearFromYourMp.com
  • Politicopia
  • PrezVid/Choose08 on YouTube
  • TechPresident

40. 41. 42. 43. 44. 45. 46. 47. 48. 49. PREZVID 50. 51. 52. 5. Improve outreach/attract new members

  • Examples:
  • Treehugger.com
  • WorldChanging
  • Eyes on Darfur
  • Barack Obamas web-site

53. 54. 55. 56. 57. 6. Mobilize the movement and help with logistics

  • :
  • Meetup
  • Upcoming
  • Eventful
  • MySpace campaigns

58. 59. 60. 61. 62. 63. 64. 65. 66. 67. 68. 69. 70. 71. 7. Create new and creative ways for fund-raising and collective action

  • Examples:
  • PledgeBank
  • Fixmystreet
  • Kivo
  • Dotherightthing
  • Freepledge
  • Webgazeta.org

72. 73. 74. 75. 76. 77. SOME PM/WIKI TOOLS 78. 8. Publish and exchange info with other NGOs and activists

  • Examples:
  • Swivel
  • Gapminder
  • Connotea
  • That academic youtube?

79. 80. 81. 82. 83. 84. 85. , YouTube 86. disclaimer: I've done my best to attribute slides, graphs and screenshots used in this presentation. Nobody is perfect, and some of them may have slipped in unclaimed apologies to the original right holders. Let's hope that my frivolous use of your graphs or tables falls under fair use ;-)