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The digital activism daily is a round up of interesting stories related to technology, protest, activism and social entrepreneurship. In today's post, Foursquare generates a lot of buzz for melding online activities (checking in, commenting on other peoples' activities) to offline action (namely, voting); the Omidyar Network has partnered with Hivos to support the first African fund for technology and government accountability in Africa; and Alexis Madrigal on how a Ugandan rebel group uses tech. Want to point something out? Send a note to email@example.com or Tweet it to @aym.
How is social media influencing - and transforming - the election process today in the U.S.?
The obvious challenge of engaging a large amount of young people with a social issue lies in in grabbing their attentions.
That’s why Yo Propongo stands out. Their initiative to sweep the Mexican capital's universities for realistic solutions to social ills grew out of an online nightlife guide, into a platform for youth to propose real solutions to a series of social problems. Yo Propongo began 6 months ago when it announced that the first social problem at hand would be drunk driving, and today is the last day to suggest proposals. How succesful will they be in getting policymakers and experts in the capital to listen to, and act on, the large quantity of suggestions that have been offered up by Mexican university students?
The number of internet users in Vietnam grows daily as more individuals gain access to the web. At the same time, the Communist Party of Vietnam has stepped up its efforts to squash online dissent and suppress the voices of citizens sharing their views on hot button issues like bauxite mining and territorial disputes with China. Dozens of activists and bloggers have been harassed and arrested. In this report, learn more about how the state is trying to control online content, how netizens are reacting, and what the future holds for digital activists in Vietnam.
This weekend, the Turkish government lifted the ban - in place for two years -- on access to YouTube. While it's likely that many were using proxies to access the site anyways, this means that the average Turk, who may not have the time, interest, or know how to put that extra effort into accessing the video sharing site, can now easily do so.
Considering what a helpful tool YouTube can be for spreading information and awareness, it would be hard not to expect this development to have at least some consequences for Turkish pro-democracy and civil society groups -- just take Young Civilians, the well known Turkish youth activism group, who, according to their YouTube profile, haven't signed in for two years. Should we watch out for a spike in videos, traffic and subscribers at their page?
YouTube in Turkey is still threatened, though, as the government could easily do an about face upon seeing more threatening content like the videos, criticizing Turkish founding father Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, which originally got the site shut down.
Where else is access to YouTube in jeopoardy? What are the most common reasons for the block? How do netizens tend to react? Looking beyond Turkey to Singapore, Russia, Pakistan, Iran and China, here are some answers.
The digital activism daily is a round up of interesting stories related to technology, protest, activism and social entrepreneurship. In today's post, in the U.S., the White House Press Secretary begins using Twitter to collect and answer citizens' questions; is the uptick in Thai Facebook and the continued unrest among the Thai "Red Shirts" a case of cause and effect, or more coincidence?; Firesheep creator responds to the media firestorm about the privacy invading plugin, and more. Want to point something out? Send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org or Tweet it to @aym.
Following an attack on women hanging out at a pub in Mangalore, India, a group of concerned women formed a group to raise awareness about the attacks and embarass the leadership behind them. "The Consortium of Pub-going, Loose, and Forward Women" spoke out against the right-wing Hindu group Sri Ram Sena’s desire to police the moral behavior of Indian women. Aside from the tongue-in-cheek name, how could they get attention to their cause?
Group organizer Nisha Susan created a Facebook page that quickly swelled to over 40,000 members. She invited members to take action offline by sending pink underwear (known as chaddis) to Pramod Muthalik (Sri Ram Sena’s leader), sharing the office’s address and setting up collection points.
Why chaddis? As Nisha says: “Chaddi is a childish word for underwear and slang for right-wing hardliner....It amused us to embrace the worst slurs, to send pretty packages of intimate garments to men who say they hate us.” Was the Pink Chaddi campaign successful? What reactions did the media and Indian citizens have to the initiative? Find out by checking out our case study here.
There are a number of recent and upcoming elections taking place around the world, the results of which could have serious repercussions for citizens. Learn more about what's at stake for elections in Bahrain, Burma, U.S., Egypt, and Haiti.
The digital activism daily is a round up of interesting stories related to technology, protest, activism and social entrepreneurship. In today's post, engaged youth in France; an upsurge of anti-Japanese protests in China; AYM co-founder Jared Cohen teams up with Google CEO Eric Schmidt to discuss "digital disruption" in Foreign Affair; how can you protect yourself from the dreaded Firesheep?; and using the networks built up to make a Ushahidi election-observation install succesful throughout the year (even when it has nothing to do with elections).
From Flickr user The Advocacy Project Nick Kristof Explores Do-It-Yourself Foreign Aid: What Did He Miss?
New York Times columnist Nicolas Kristof wrote a lengthy piece for the Sunday magazine about passionate, determined individuals who are "chipping away at global challenges" by working for social change abroad. Kristof describes a number of innovative activists devoted to making changes and empowering the communities they serve, but are there any obstacles to taking on global challenges as an individual that Kristof leaves out?