I’ve done work for Tactical Tech for their tool kit on information activism. They do a great job of presenting the list of tools in an interactive way. Most of these links point to their work with supplementary links to go more into security detail (mostly FLOSS Manuals work).
At a recent workshop we explored how working with social media fit into a long history of info activism which included pamphlets, film and video activism, poster art etc. What can we learn from those movements? Some links are shared below.
This is a huge area so here are some highlights to inspire you.
- Who are you talking to? Know your audience
- What are you trying to say? Frame your message
- Using social media to create interest
- Jamming the signal with creative campaigning
- Some inspirational case studies
5 C stages of social media Content, Conversation, Collaboration, Community and Collective Intelligence. Gaurav Mishra indicates that most social media campaigns stall between the Conversation and Collaboration stage, and few ever make it to the Collective Intelligence stage. Read his article here.
The main resource I would recommend is here – https://howto.informationactivism.org/tools
The tools are listed in several categories including – Audio, Collaborative, Image, Mobile,Outreach, Print, Security, Video
The following guides are useful for more in depth help.
- Blogging and setting up websites with WordPress – FLOSS Manuals WordPress manual
- Anonymous blogging with network23.org
- Anonymous email with aktivix and riseup.net
- Alternatives to twitter
- Storyful – verifying and curating social media content
History of Info Activism
The internet is the latest medium of info-activism. What lessons can we learn from the past. Is the internet the best example of Read / Write culture, a medium perfect for 2 way dialogue?
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