Internet Activism

Political and social activism has been part of the Internet from its inception. In 1990, software company Lotus Development mounted one of the first known protests, an email and electronic bulletin board campaign against data collection tactics. As the Internet’s role as a medium for communication and commerce has grown, however, its importance as a tool for activism has also expanded. Issue-oriented organizations, businesses, governments, political candidates, charities, and politically active individuals all use the Internet as a crucial tool for bringing awareness to social and political issues. Most political organizations that use the Internet use it primarily for communication. An organization that wishes to share information can post an update on its website, send a mass email to a...

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