Movements.org Launches an Online Hub for Digital Activism
(New York, N.Y.) February 1, 2011 – Movements.org today launched an online hub for digital activism that will allow activists to connect on and offline, to access resources, and to share their stories with each other and supporters all over the world. The site provides how-to guides for new and experienced activists, blog posts covering the role of connection technologies in social change, and case studies for activists to share their stories and learn from their peers.
Examples of new digital tools and resources on the site include:
- How to Remain Connected if Your Internet Gets Shut Off
- 5 Things You Can Do to Support Egyptians from Anywhere
- How to Boost your Security on Facebook by Enabling HTTPS
- How to Access Blocked Websites
- How Online Media Drove a Campaign to Release Egyptian Blogger Kareem Nabeel Suleiman
Cofounder Jason Liebman said “Movements.org is the source for anyone who wants to keep up to date on the use of technology for achieving real social change. We have existed for two years as a support network for grassroots activists using digital tools, and today we come out of alpha launch to make our platform and resources available to everyone.”
The Movements.org network of grassroots activists is diverse, representing approximately 27 countries from Latin America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Leaders of the Egyptian Shabab April 6 Movement were represented at our 2008 Summit and are playing an important role in the current protests in Egypt. Other examples of movements include:
Recent events in the Middle East have illustrated the potential of connection technologies to foster civic empowerment and mobilize citizens towards affecting positive change. This potential underlines the importance of Movements.org's mission to identify, connect, and support activists not just during and after protests like those we are witnessing in Egypt, but also beforehand in order to prepare them as much as possible.
Movements.org, formerly known as the Alliance for Youth Movements (AYM), is a nonprofit organization dedicated to identifying, connecting, and supporting digital activists from around the world. Movements.org hosts annual summits, events, and regional training events that link influential leaders in technology, media and private and public sectors with the some of the world's most promising digital activists. Our website serves as a hub that covers best practices and features discussion and news about the use of digital media in social movements. View our new video to learn more about the organization and what we do, and follow us on twitter at #aym.
The organization was formed during a December 2008 summit that brought together experts in social media with pioneering grassroots movement leaders for the first time in history. Founders of Movements.org include Jared Cohen, Director of Google Ideas at Google and Adjunct Fellow at Council on Foreign Relations, Jason Liebman, CEO and cofounder of Howcast, and Roman Tsunder, Founder of Access 360 Media. Contact email@example.com for more information.
Rachel Silver, Movements.org
Gia Storms, Edelman