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Networked Activism

Posted by MohiniBhavsar on Jun 29, 2010
Networked Activism data sheet 2239 Views
Land, Molly Beutz
Publication Date: 
Aug 2009
Publication Type: 
Journal article

The same technologies that groups of ordinary citizens are using to write operating systems and encyclopedias are fostering a quiet revolution in another area - social activism. On websites such as and Wikipedia, citizens are forming groups to report on human rights violations and organize email writing campaigns, activities formerly the prerogative of professionals. This article considers whether the participatory potential of technology can be used to mobilize ordinary citizens in the work of human rights advocacy.

Existing online advocacy efforts reveal a de facto inverse relationship between broad mobilization and deep participation. Large groups mobilize many individuals, but each of those individuals has only a limited ability to participate in decisions about the group’s goals or methods. Thus, although we currently have the tools necessary for individuals to engage in advocacy without the need for professional organizations, we are still far from realizing an ideal of fully decentralized, user-generated activism.

Drawing on the insights of network theory, the article proposes a model of “networked activism” that would help ensure both deep participation and broad mobilization by encouraging the formation of highly participatory small groups while providing opportunities for those small groups to connect with one another. Drawing on a series of interviews with human rights and other civil society organizations, the article recommends specific design elements that might foster a model of networked activism. The article concludes that although online activism is unlikely to replace some of the functions served by human rights organizations, efforts to create synergies between traditional and online efforts have the potential to provide avenues for real, meaningful, and effective citizen participation in human rights advocacy.


Posted by AnneryanHeatwole on Aug 24, 2009
Catalista data sheet 2013 Views
Organization that developed the Tool: 
Main Contact: 
Catalina Ruiz-Healy
Problem or Need: 

Finding local charities can be difficult; Catalista uses a mobile application to help users find local nonprofits and charities in their neighborhoods.

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Brief Description: 

Catalista helps users find timely and local volunteer opportunities, rate them, and share their good deed with the world.

Tool Category: 
App resides and runs on a server
Key Features : 

GPS, SMS, users can request or suggest locations for service

Main Services: 
Information Resources/Information Databases
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Tool Maturity: 
Currently deployed
Release Date: 
Program/Code Language: 
Number of Current End Users: 
Number of current beneficiaries: 
Languages supported: 
Handsets/devices supported: 
Download the Android, iPhone and iPod touch apps onto G1, iPhone, or iPod touch phones.
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Mobile Phones, Human Rights and Social Justice in Africa

Posted by LeighJaschke on Jul 13, 2009
Mobile Phones, Human Rights and Social Justice in Africa data sheet 3212 Views
Fahamu South Africa
Publication Date: 
Jan 2007
Publication Type: 

This report was written by the organization Fahamu in preparation for a workshop to form regional network of activists who use mobile technology in Africa in May 2007. The report looks into the use of mobile technology in Africa by human rights and social justice organizations. The report seeks to establish who is using or developing mobile phone technology in relation to human rights and social justice in Africa. It also provides a background synopsis of mobile phone technology and activism in Africa, an assessment of those who have used mobile phone technology for social activism and/or service delivery and an impression of groups who may be interested in or planning to use mobile phone technology in the future.