NEW MEDIA, ACTIVISM & DEVELOPMENT

Exploring how new media generates spaces for individuals, activists, and social movements to challenge, participate and critique social, cultural, economic and political realities. We invite everyone with an interest in online (and offline) activism and social change to join the conversation.
Burst the bubbles
Burst the bubbles
Large mobilization and real change comes when online activism links people of different groups, ages and ideologies together.
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Can smartphone apps improve healthcare services in Cambodia?
Can smartphone apps improve healthcare services in Cambodia?
SokhaKrom smartphone app is meant to improve healthcare access to everyone in Cambodia, a country that lacks universal health coverage...
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#MeToo: Can a viral hashtag end sexual harassment and abuse?
#MeToo: Can a viral hashtag end sexual harassment and abuse?
On Sunday afternoon, American actress Alyssa Milano tweeted an idea which sparked a viral hashtag movement against sexual assault and harassment.   The tweet was a simple call to arms:...
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Makeup, fashion – and activism
Makeup, fashion – and activism
Beauty bloggers have an extensive platform of influence, and in Norway some of them choose to address major social issues.
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NFL-TRUMP FEUD ON ANTHEM, DIGITAL MEDIA, AND A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD
NFL-TRUMP FEUD ON ANTHEM, DIGITAL MEDIA, AND A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD
    In the United States, players in the National Football League (NFL) have been protesting against racial discrimination and police brutality by kneeling while the National anthem is being...
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#StopAdani: Online organising, offline action
#StopAdani: Online organising, offline action
Last Saturday 7 October, over 16,000 people came together across 45 iconic Australian locations to send a clear message to their political leaders and the wider general public: #StopAdani’s Carmichael...
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THE DIGITAL NEW MEDIA AS A DOUBLE – EDGED SWORD
THE DIGITAL NEW MEDIA AS A DOUBLE – EDGED SWORD
      In the first week of September 2017, it was reported by an online news medium Sahara Reporter (2017/09/06) that the government of Togo had shut down the...
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How YouTube videos are helping human rights researchers
How YouTube videos are helping human rights researchers
The ubiquity of mobile phones and the more extended access to the Internet is facilitating sharing videos or images that can serve as evidence of violations of human rights.
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1-O: Smart phones vs state media
1-O: Smart phones vs state media
October 1st 2017: Catalan Referendum on independence. And the day when ICT challenged the establishment.     Background The regional Catalan government had announced a referendum about independence, which the...
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No Somos Delitos & the world’s first virtual protest
No Somos Delitos & the world’s first virtual protest
On April 10, 2015, thousands of holographic projections marched in front of the Spanish Parliament building in the world’s first ever virtual protest. This innovative and spectacular display of civil...
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#niunamenos: a combination of offline and online feminist activism
#niunamenos: a combination of offline and online feminist activism
#NiUnaMenos Argentinian feminist campaign started two years ago to protest against the increase and impunity of femicides and demanding political commitment...
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DIGITAL NEW MEDIA: NOT ALL THAT GLITTERS IS GOLD
DIGITAL NEW MEDIA: NOT ALL THAT GLITTERS IS GOLD
  Before relocating to the West few years back I had at one instance accidentally being opportune to be in the company of some characters in Nigeria who specialised in...
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Citizen journalism brings diversity to media in Malaysia
Citizen journalism brings diversity to media in Malaysia
Citizen journalism goes beyond just eyewitness and sharing information, especially in countries where freedom of speech faces obstacles and limitations...
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What do you meme? Internet memes as political participation
What do you meme? Internet memes as political participation
The Web was invented so physicists could share research papers. Web 2.0 was invented so we could share cute pictures of our cats. The tools of Web 2.0, while designed...
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.cat: Law enforcement, censorship – or mobilization incentive?
.cat: Law enforcement, censorship – or mobilization incentive?
What happens when political measures are taken on the internet? Does it limit the public sphere, or is cyberspace too anarchistic to affect?   The tension is reaching the boiling...
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“#BringBackOurGirls : How online activism had helped in achieving a good course”
“#BringBackOurGirls : How online activism had helped in achieving a good course”
Like in the developed parts of the world, both positive and negative impact of digital media can also be observed in the African context...
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