From September 2005 to June 2006 a team of thirteen scholars at the The University of Southern California's Annenberg Center for Communication explored how new and maturing networking technologies are transforming the way in which we interact with content, media sources, other individuals and groups, and the world that surrounds us.

This site documents the process and the results.


about cyberactivism

Cyberactivism is a means by which advanced information and communication technologies, e.g. e-mail, list-serv, and the www of the Internet, are used by individuals and groups to communicate with large audiences, galvanizing individuals around a specific issue or set of issues in an attempt to build solidarity towards meaningful collective actions.

Yochai Benkler: The Wealth of Networks: How Social Production Transforms Markets

Yochai Benkler, Jack N. and Lillian R. Berkman Professor for Entrepreneurial Legal Studies at Harvard Law School speaks about the Wealth of Networks at the Annenberg Center for Communication's Networked Publics program.

With the radical changes in information production that the Internet has introduced, we stand at an important moment of transition. The phenomenon of social production is reshaping markets, while at the same time offering new opportunities to enhance individual freedom, cultural diversity, political discourse, and justice. But these results are by no means inevitable: a systematic campaign to protect the entrenched industrial information economy of the last century threatens the promise of today’s emerging networked information environment.

Yochai Benkler address how patterns of information, knowledge, and cultural production are changing—and that the way information and knowledge are made available can either limit or enlarge the ways people can create and express themselves.

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Submitted by admin on November 22, 2008 - 3:02pm

Democratic Deliberation and Mobilization on the Internet

Click Read More for the Politics Essay from the upcoming Networked Publics book and... leave your comments!

Submitted by kvarnelis on June 19, 2006 - 2:50pm

Cyber-urban activism

My article entitled "Cyber-Urban Activism and Political Change in Indonesia" has just been published in Re:Activism issue of the Eastbound. Eastbound, a peer reviewed journal published in print and online, aims to create an international platform for Western and Eastern European researchers engaged in the multidisciplinary field of media and cultural studies. It features articles, reviews and interviews dealing with social and political implications of the rise of entertainment media and mediated popular culture, the appearance of global media players, and the spread of new forms of politics and information technologies.

The Re:Activism issue is actually a selection of papers followed up from Re:Activism conference held last year in Budapest.

My own article deals with the politics of space and spatiality of politics by looking at the interaction between cyberactivism and urban activism and how cyber-networks are extended to social networks in urban setting.

If you're interested to download my article or the whole issue, just go online. All articles are published under creative-commons license.

Submitted by mlim on April 14, 2006 - 2:16pm


Re:activism conference addressed "what role social activism can play in the broad process in which emerging new media technologies transform existing structures of cultural, economic and political power."

Submitted by mlim on February 3, 2006 - 3:47pm

Cyberactivism in Southeast Asia - Merlyna Lim's project description

During my residency at the Annenberg Center for Communication (ACC) I wish to do comparative research on the Internet and political networks of dissent.

Net Riots in France?

To claim the centralized nature the riots that have plagued France for the past 13 nights seems to be a tactic employed by those attempting to deny the legitimacy of rioters rage. Those like Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy, who called the rioters “la racaille

Submitted by arussell on November 9, 2005 - 12:54am

Made in California: Internet censorship in Mynamar

The New York Times carries an an article on how repressive regimes such as the military-run state of Myanmar use off-the-shelf technology from Sunnyvale, California based Fortinet to filter out dissenting Internet content.

Made in California: Internet censorship in Mynamar

Submitted by kvarnelis on October 13, 2005 - 5:14pm

Handbook for bloggers and cyberdissidents

Reporters Without Borders or Reporters sans frontiƩres has just released a handbook for bloggers and cyberdissidents who want to protect themselves from recrimination, censors and surveillance. The handbook, partly funded by French government, is meant help cyberactivists with handy tips and technical advice on how to get round censorship and surveillance by strategizing the uses of blogs for various situations.

Submitted by mlim on October 7, 2005 - 2:38pm