by Iulia

Aday, S., Farrell, H., Lynch, M. et al. 2010: Blogs and Bullets: New Media in Contentious Politics, Washington, DC: United States Institute of Peace.
Presents counter arguments based on various case studies questioning the enthusiasm of new media’s role in democracy and social change suggesting that there are both negative and positive effects associated with NM.

Bolter, Jay David and Richard Grusin 2000: Remediation. New edition. Cambrdige, MA: MIT Press.
A detailed analysis of how remediation facilitates and reconfigures the power dynamics and social meaning making by creating participation and dialogue.

Cammaerts, B. and Carpentier, N. (eds) (2007) Reclaiming the media: communication rights and democratic media roles . Intellect: Bristol, UK.

Carpentier, N. et al (2006) Researching media democracy and participation .Tartu University Press, UK.

Castells, Manuel (2013). Communication Power. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press.
Discusses the various power dynamics that are related with media and communication technologies and how these networks affect the society.

Denskus, T., Papan, A. 2013: Reflexive engagements: the international development blogging evolution and its challenges, Development in Practice 23: 435-447.

Denskus, T., Esser, D. 2013: Social Media and Global Development Rituals: a content analysis of blogs and tweets on the 2010 MDG Summit, Third World Quarterly 34: 409-424.

Hemer, Oscar & Tufte, Thomas (2005) Media and Glocal Change. Rethinking Communication for Development. Buenos Aires: CLACSO. Online at:
These are a collection of essays related to media and communication under the influence of Globalization with a focus on local realities. I especially refer to the Grameen Bank case study ‘Bridging digital divides’ : 427-433.

Klein, N., 1999: No Logo. Picador, St Martin’s Press, US.
An activist view on consumerism which discusses in detail the percolation of capitalism into every aspect of our everyday living.

Lewis, D., Rodgers, D., Woolcock, M. 2013: Popular Representations of Development: Insights from Novels, Films, Television and Social Media, London: Routledge.
These are a collection of interesting case studies specifically related to development and media

Lievrouw, L. (2011) Alternative and Activist New Media Oxford: Polity Press
This is a book which was our central inspiration, it defines the characteristics of New Media and categorizes the activist trends into various genres.

Lovink, G. & Zehle, S. (2005) the Incommunicado Reader. Amsterdam: Institute of Network Cultures. Available online:

The term incommunicado generally refers to a state of being without the means or rights to communicate, especially in the case of incommunicado detention and the threat of massive human rights violations. Many case studies and debates from Incommunicado conference are covered in this book related to Info development, Civil Society vs grassroots, Floss – free software and open source approaches, FLOSS research and Public – private partnerships

Mandiberg, M. 2012: The Social Media Reader, New York, NY: NYU Press.
Provides many insights into the communication patterns of  the web 2.0

Rettberg, J. W. 2014: Blogging. Oxford: Polity
Provides insights into the patterns and culture associated specifically with Blogging and the role of blogs in media studies, literary studies, journalism, sociology and other such disciplines.

Taub, A. 2012: Beyond #Kony2012: Atrocity, Awareness + Activism in the Internet Age, Leanpub ebook.
This is a book which discusses and critiques the various aspects of the Kony campaign from the developmental perspective.

Further links:- on sexual harassment:

Fast Company is a business magazine that releases 10 issues per year and focuses on technology, business, and design. The magazine has won numerous industry awards. The above link discusses Harrasmap as a tool for social change in a maybe skeptic way, due to harassment being a phenomenon considered overrated by political leaders (Suzanne Mubarak is an example) as a counter propaganda by media and Islamic groups. The article also points out the technical aspects of Harassmap and where its funding can come from. Some statistics on harassment and statements on hijab wearing are made (most women do wear it when they are harassed) and on actual Egyptian policies (women-only compartments in Cairo Metro). is the official website of Harassmap initiative, in there you can find more resources like previous studies, mission, approach together with the actual map.

This article deals with the use of art as a weapon to fight self-censorship and  as a tool for social change. Several examples are offered, together with insights of artists on this phenomenon.

This is a very interesting and informative post, discussing research data as a proof to wipe out stereotypes. It includes powerful testimonials of victims and of regular people’s opinions on this. It concludes with a smart observation: that not only men need to be targeted and that women need to get through training in order to value themselves more, know their rights and fight for them.

The above link discusses Harassmap and how it works in real life. It is seen as an interesting project, very useful for journalists and other groups at risk. The interesting bit is that also potential limitations are exposed: the large number of reports in English language, which can lead to several hypotheses, the not so clear aspect of how reports are verified by Harassmap. Also that at times (even in high risk times) the tool is not used, therefore it can show underlying issues. It concludes with questions to the audience one of which reminds me of Mozorov’s point: is this a good tool to work with or does this also make police more careless?