4 Significant Examples Of Digital Activism In Action

Hello to all my fellow activists and students. I’m here to guide you on how best to take advantage of the digital age for activism. Social media is an incredible tool that can spread messages and raise awareness.

There are so many ways social media can be helpful in your activism, but it is crucial not just to post things without thinking about what message you want people who read them to take away from your posts.

Digital Activism: How It Starts

-Find your voice by speaking up about something you care about

-Organize events online like petitions or campaigns

-Learn how to use email lists efficiently to spread information from one person to many people at once

-Watch videos on YouTube that show different activist perspectives and get inspired.

Digital Activism: Unity

I bet you never thought that posting on Facebook could make a difference in people’s lives.

Social media has made it easier for activists worldwide to organize protest groups, share information about injustices around them, and mobilize their communities towards achieving common goals.

When we communicate online, we can each other in a way where it would not be possible in the real world.

Digital Activism Examples

As a result of the digital activism from Edward Snowden, Brazilians were able to work to eliminate internet piracy legislation.

They organized online protests and had petitions that garnered thousands of signatures for an anti-piracy law.

This led to the Brazilian senate voting against the proposals for internet censorship and the installation of data retention obligations.

The success of this digital activism was not without its restrictions, however. There was a speed bump in communications, and there was also some violence surrounding the event.

The Brazilian government no longer requires browser plugins or logins for open access to “torrent” sites which is seen as an improvement, but they’re also putting up blocks on message boards.

The Ice Bucket Challenge

There are many more examples of digital activism or online activism. One of the most famous examples is the “Ice Bucket Challenge,” in which people dumped buckets of ice water on their heads to raise awareness for ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis).

Me Too

Another example of digital activism is the “#MeToo” movement, in which women used the hashtag to share their stories of sexual harassment and assault. This movement led to the creation of the Time’s Up movement, which is working to end sexual harassment and assault in all industries.

Censorship Of Digital Activism In 2020

Nicaragua, France, Iceland, Switzerland, Kenya, and India

These countries are all putting up blocks on messaging boards or are shutting down websites altogether with no process for due diligence.

Yemen, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan

These countries are requiring internet users to be registered to access specific sites.

China, Vietnam, Iran, and Burma

These countries already have a process for due diligence. Still, they’re blocking websites completely if their content goes against political party policies, which means any speech criticizing the government is censored.

Other bloggers have had their accounts suspended after complaints from the public or law enforcement officials who want to censor the content they publish online.

Final Word On Digital Activism

It’s been a long day, and you’re tired. You have one more task to complete before going to bed: emailing your representatives. With the click of a button, you type out your thoughts on gun control and the environment in an articulate manner and send it off to Congress.


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