ICTs and political movements

John Downing*, Lisa Brooten

*Corresponding author for this work

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Communication technologies, despite their huge corporate, military, and surveillance applications, also afford opportunities within political movements to debate, mobilize, reflect, imagine, fantasize, critique, archive, and inform, and will be pivotal to developing a future for humans rather than for capital. This article focuses on some possibilities offered by three such technologies, radio, the Internet and the mobile phone, to political movements. It provides a variety of illustrations of their uses and applications in social struggles, large and small. First, however, it dwells briefly on some of the issues and concepts in the air at the time of writing, which may help to frame and thus interpret the specifics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Information and Communication Technologies
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191577444
ISBN (Print)9780199548798
StatePublished - Sep 2 2009


  • Communications technologies
  • ICTs
  • Internet
  • Military applications
  • Mobile phone
  • Political movements

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)

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