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Protesting SOPA: There's An App (Actually Several) For That

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Friday, January 13 2012

Tony Webster and Andy Baird have put up virtual protest signs in front of websites belonging to entities that support SOPA

A new Chrome plug-in flags web sites belonging to companies and entities that support the Stop Online Piracy Act, controversial anti-piracy legislation. Once at one of these web sites, Chrome browser users with this plug-in see a red bar at the top of the web page that reads: “Internet Blacklist Legislation Supporter! This company may be a supporter of the dangerous SOPA or PIPA legislation.” Clicking on the bar takes them to a Reddit page with an FAQ about the legislation. Welcome to the emerging world of programmer activism, in which protests against ideas they find objectionable manifest in code and not just letters to lawmakers. Read More

The Europe Roundup: A Network To Feed The Neigbourhood

BY Antonella Napolitano | Friday, October 28 2011

Greece | Boroume: A Network To Feed The Neigbourhood Greece, the European country that is suffering the most from the debt crisis, is dramatically facing a common Western country paradox: while millions of people are ... Read More

In Spain, 'Indignados' Continue to Make Demands

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, September 29 2011

Reading up on the doings of the "indignados," a group of Spanish protesters known first for a prolonged occupation of the square in Madrid's Puerta del Sol — in the style of the Jan. 25 protesters who occupied ... Read More

Your Own Personal Mobile Phone Kill Switch

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, March 28 2011

Equipping activists with a cell phone nuclear option to wipe out their phone contents is one of the more prevalent ideas floating around the mobile activism space. Fast Company's Gregory Ferenstein profiles one ... Read More

Android for Activists

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, March 21 2011

Here's a new visual update on the state of the intriguing Guardian Project, an effort to turn Android-based mobile devices into secure reporting mechanisms for use by journalists, activists, and normal folk. Read More

"OFA Under Fire"

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, January 13 2010

Such is the title of a look at the current state of Organizing for America from Politico's Ben Smith and Alex Insenstadt. Read More

In G20 Case, Twitter as "Instrument of a Crime"

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, October 6 2009

EFF has the criminal complaint against Elliot Madison, the Queens man being targeted by the FBI for using Twitter during the G20 protests in Madrid. The document has some fascinating details about how Madison was ... Read More

Creating Change (Dot Org)? Blogging Network Prompts $100k Donation to LGBT Groups

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, July 13 2009

There's an interesting yet somewhat below-the-radar case of bloggers creating change through public pressure and a bit of behind the scenes negotiation. In this case, that change comes in the form of a $100,000 check. Read More

Your Generation of Hypocrisy Begat My Apathetic (!?) One

BY Cameron Russell | Monday, March 23 2009

My generation (sometimes “Y”, sometimes “Millennial”) has been getting a bad rap. Just look at the Adbusters article that has 4039 comments (adbusters) and declares the hipster movement the "end of Western ... Read More