What is it about?

Social movements and activists around the world increasingly make use of the internet. Online communication brings new possibilities for activists. The hacktivist collective Anonymous is a good example. It uses online communication to interact anonymously both among activists themselves and the outside world. This flattens internal hierarchies, gives emotions in activism a central role and contributes to new political content. I call these new forms of digital engagement cyborg activism.

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Why is it important?

The forms of digital engagement, which I call cyborg activism, are important because the increasingly affect politics. Social media campaigns can lead to politicians stepping down or laws being changed. The internet provides new opportunities for activists to directly affect politics.

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This page is a summary of: Cyborg activism: Exploring the reconfigurations of democratic subjectivity in Anonymous, New Media & Society, March 2017, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/1461444817699994.
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