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While Internet, mobile, and landline communication in Syria has been shutdown, Movements.org resources are available to bypass blockages.
Protest4 is an application that helps you connect with other protesters around the world and in the next street. It empowers anyone to create a protest and then invite others to join using social media. After joining you can communicate exclusively with other people who are following that protest, sharing text and publishing images on the same protest wall in real time.
From Syrian Sit-Ins on YouTube, to the worldwide Occupy movement, and the continued events following the transformative Arab Spring, web censorship rises as a prominent issue and concern for current social movements around the world. To share information between organizers and supporters through communication technologies has become, in some countries, risky and intensely challenging. A notable option to accessing blocked information and communicating securely is circumvention technology. Through the plethora of technologies available, digital activists of various movements and issues can both share their information with the world and mobilize within their country for change.
MobileActive provides a detailed resource for browsing the web anonymously on your mobile phone.
Over the past few months we've been covering the Saudi #women2drive movement and this week we've shared some horrible news about human rights abuses in Saudi Arabia. People are asking us- "How can we help?" We believe getting the word out and making people aware that these human rights abuses are real and serious, is the first step to achieving change. Here's what you can do:
WITNESS has released its 2011 'Cameras Everywhere' report. According to Peter Gabriel, the co-founder of WITNESS, "This report asks the hard questions about how to protect and empower those who attempt to expose injustices through video. It provides specific recommendations for immediate and future actions that can reduce danger for those risking their lives. This report is an important step to understanding how we can harness the power of video and technology to empower activists to protect and defend human rights. This is the age of transformative technology."
Our new how to guide will help you maximize your Facebook presence through effective understanding of EdgeRank.
It remains to be seen how activists will use Google + as another tool in their social media arsenal. The first step to answering this question is understanding how it works. Mashable has compiled a comprehensive guide to get you started with Google +. So dive in- and then let us know by commenting below or on Twitter, how do you think activists can best use this tool?
Community organizing starts with the recognition that change can only come about when communities come together to compel public authorities and businesses to respond to the needs of ordinary people. It identifies and trains leaders in diverse communities, bringing them together to voice their needs and it organises campaigns to ensure that these needs are met.
All neighborhoods are different, with different players, problems, and possibilities. This how-to guide is intended to serve as a compass to point your group in the right direction.