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About MoveOn MoveOn.org
It was found by a married couple Joan Blades and Wes Boyd and first used to an online petition to “Censure President Clinton and Move On to Pressing Issues Facing the Nation”.
The organization includes two parts, Civic Action and Political Action.
Three Features At least three features of the Internet being a useful tool for challengers to express oppositional opinions
Free Space How does the Internet act as a free space when serves for activism? What are the risks of participating in online activism? Knowing about the risks, why people still participate in online activism?
It help to search user’s computer as easy as searching the web with Google. It's a desktop search application that provides full text search over your email, files, music, photos, chats, Gmail, web pages that you've viewed, and more.
Stores a user's indexed data on Google servers for up to 30 days.
Government attempts to subpoena information from Yahoo, Microsoft and Google. Perhaps a subpoena for all the files indexed on your Google Desktop is not that far away.
Then there are the wiretaps in the U.S. by those three-letter agencies, which we're just hearing about now. First reported by the New York Times, these were wiretaps on U.S. citizens that were sometimes done without requiring court approval at all.
A new study by the University of Washington finds that one in twenty executables on the Internet contain spyware.
Groups of people are collaborating and networking online in new and more efficient ways because of blogs, instant messaging, Twitter and other new services. The types of group-forming he describes are sometimes called crowdsourcingand flash mobs.
The case happened in a very strict political climate, how about in a democratic country such as U.S.?
Activism after 9/11
After 9/11, people who disagree with the government are treated as “unpatriotic” or “terrorist sympathizers”.
“According to our respondents, the climate of fear created by 9/11, buttressed by national security initiatives such as the Patriot Act and the Homeland Security Act made public political dissent risky.”
Continued Some resources: Amazon: Civil Liberties Vs. National Security In A Post 9/11 World http://www.amazon.com/Liberties-National-Security-Contemporary-Issues/dp/1591022347 Does the USA Patriot Act diminish civil liberty? http://aclu.procon.org/view.answers.php?questionID=000716 FBI civil liberty violation http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/daily/graphics/gonzales_20070710.html
Dissent Can a democratic society exist without dissent?
Democracy is the Right to Dissent
An article: Is dissent still patriotic?
The Burma Case Why did the Burmese government cut off Internet after the breakout of the protest? What’s the assumption behind this action? In today’s world, is it possible to have a large-scale activism action without the help of Internet?
A case in China The Chinese blogosphere reacts to Liu Xiaobo winning the Nobel Peace Prize http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZTaSsdVBlo Liu Xiaobo@NewYork Times http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/09/opinion/09sat3.html