The blog reports on research in activism and digital media. It includes reflections on theory and fieldwork, and aims to serve as a resource for activists, academics and the general public, comprising reading lists on economic justice activism and digital media, key outputs of the project, and links to other information sources. It also includes information about my research, teaching, publications and upcoming talks.
Digitalprotest.net was launched as a project blog for ‘Digital Communication Technologies and Protest Movements: the Case of Occupy’ funded by a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship. The aim of the project was to investigate the role of digital media technologies in current protest movements and in their capacity for social change. Focusing on activist networks involved in or emerging from the Occupy movement in the USA and the UK, the project explored the uses of digital media technologies, such as social media platforms, wiki and mobile applications, and discussion lists, in processes of organizing, mobilizing and decision-making. It also examined the activists’ relationship with the media, their interaction with opponents and targets, and their attempts to build solidarity and construct a collective identity. I am currently writing up the results of this project.