The Blog — Twitter Activism
Hackney riot aftermath, by StolenGolem (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) United Kingdom: Time for #RiotCleanup in London?
After extensive looting and rioting across London and other cities in the United Kingdom since Saturday night, ordinary citizens are now looking for ways to help their cities heal.
The #prayforlondon hashtag is a nod to the #prayforjapan hashtag that became hugely popular after the March earthquake in Japan. World citizens (including teenage superstar Justin Bieber who has 11.6 million followers on Twitter) are using it to show solidarity with citizens of London.
Inspired by other recent crises, there is now also a London Riots page on Crisis Commons, a wiki website mapping technology use in disasters.
Since 1994 Belarus has had the same President, Alexander Lukashenko. Under Lukashenko's rule, Belarus has emerged to be viewed as a state whose conduct is out of line with international law and whose regime is considered to grossly violate human rights. Young activists in the Soviet republic have been the driving force behind this growing physical presence of discontent across the country. Will this lead to a full-blown revolution?
Following the worst day of violence Syria has seen since protests broke out across the country in February, Syrian opposition and their supporters around the world have begun an attempt to raise global awareness of events in the country, utilizing a hashtag, #RamadanMassacre, that was started on Sunday to keep track of reports from the city of Hama.
On Saturday social activists and bloggers in Gaza hosted, #TweetupGaza, continue the development of a blogger community there which addresses social issues.
We are excited to announce a new content partnership with Socialbrite: an organisation created to help people in any sector — nonprofits, NGOs, foundations, social enterprises, universities, brands, cause organizations — get up to speed on the social Web and find the right strategy, tactics and tools to help your organization or cause. First up: an interview with Claire Williams Diaz-Ortiz who heads up Corporate Social Innovation & Philanthropy at Twitter.
Flickr user: Mahmoud Gamal El-Din #July29 “Unity Rally” in #Tahrir Square: What are Egyptians saying?
Today Egyptians return to Tahrir for a Unity Rally. A day meant to unite all of the diverse parties and movements within Egypt. Here's what people are saying about SCAF, the visibility of the religious groups at Tahrir, and what they think/hope will happen next.
On June 23, 2011, capital of Senegal, Dakar's streets were stormed by protesters. Their goal: derail the electoral reform that would allow the election of the president with 25% of the votes in the first round and would also propose a dual ticket with a vice-president, much like the American electoral system. The protests succeeded.
Mexico boasts second highest quantity of Tweets per day in Latin America Twitter’s Still a Potent Force In Mexico
The Mexican newspaper Reforma reports on activists there that continue to harness social media to their advantage - focusing especially on successes mobilizing people via Twitter hashtags. Probably the most well known example of this is the #internetnecesario campaign, which in 2009 pushed legislators into repealing an unpopular law that taxed internet use. Can digital activists, though, build on what worked in that campaign and turn these hashtag success stories into longer lasting campaigns or organizations?