New activist communities are fighting back against haters to make the world safer for LGBTQ teens.
It’s a lazy form of activism, but that doesn’t mean signing online petitions is useless.
Even if nothing happens immediately, petitions are one of many ways we can help build long-term change.
Vermont Democratic gubernatorial candidate Christine Hallquist, holding clipboard, a transgender woman, during her election night party in Burlington, Vt., Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018.
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Christine Hallquist this week became the first trans person to win a major party's gubernatorial nomination. The percentage of trans adults has doubled since 2008. What's responsible for that change?
NRA TV’s content focuses on ideology rather than guns.
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Gun control advocates want to shut down the National Rifle Association's online video channel, NRA TV. A scholar looks at what its videos are actually about.
Social media activism leaves women open to online abuse from men.
Thousands of women have shared their experiences of sexual abuse. But, unlike the consciousness raising activities of 1970s feminists, hashtag activism suffers in a space dominated by men.
Political groups of all stripes recognise the enormous power of online mass persuasion, one meme at a time.
Each individual act of posting, linking, commenting and liking may look insignificant up close, but they add up. There is enormous power here for mass persuasion, one viral share at a time.
Mishaps can spiral out of control quickly these days.
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Incidents that may have been mere hiccups a few years ago today can go viral in an instant, causing a massive backlash and leaving some of the biggest companies wrong-footed.
From the comfort of home, an activist shares an online petition.
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Much social good can come from mass involvement – and research shows that includes online activism. The bigger picture takes in all those people who care but are at risk of doing nothing.
Protests in April and May galvanised the government to crack down on dissent.
The jailing of the two men shows the government of President Nursultan Nazarbayev well understands that it can no longer underestimate the power of new forms of civic activism.
Many people wanted to virtually join the protest.
While online action alone can't solve a problem, it can be a very useful tool to mobilize people and focus attention on a crucial issue.
Zimbabwe's ruling party is facing a wave of online and offline protest.
Phones out, but today’s students are less likely to have Facebook or Twitter open.
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Young people are starting to skip the very public postings of some of social media's original platforms. Why? And where will that leave the companies that rely on our willingness to divulge everything?
The silencing of disabled voices and experiences does not further the feminist cause.
Feminism activist group Destroy the Joint has come under fire for excluding women with disabilities. What is intersectionality and why is it so important to feminism?
The world of coal: a still from the new Minerals Council advertisement.
The Minerals Council's new coal ad is the latest to attract derision online. But for the resources industry, the mockery may just be collateral damage in the wider mission to reach out to its supporters.
American rapper Tyler the Creator cancelled his Australian tour following a campaign by feminist grassroots activist group Collective Shout.
Pemberton Music Festival/ Mark C Austin
Arts activism isn't new, but online activist movements are changing the way it gets done. In this anonymous virtual landscape, does activism democratise social relations, or nurture inequality?