My classmate Katherine suggested this article to me during the facebook discussions and I found it very intriguing.
The article discusses the history behind online civil disobedience. It discusses the begining of online computer activism and the benefit of enabling political activists to communicate with one another across international borders with relative ease and speed.
With the internet providing "privileges discourse, dialogue, discussion and open and free access," free public communication could be spread. People could discuss absolutely anything, find people to converse with about political issues. We are granted the right and freedom to speak our opinions and with the world wide web, this provided 0 boundaries, 0 confinements to voicing and sharing opinions and views with others. Think of what this could revolutionize into...forming political protests, virutal sit-ins (what we are seeing today) by using social networking media such as Twitter.
"The Internet infrastructure [now] is not only a means toward or a site for communication, but the Internet infrastrucutre itself becomes an object or site for action." A site for action, an opportunity to display Civil Disobedience. Taking advantage of this action provides people with the literal feel that ONE person certainly can make a difference and can have their voice be heard.
Electronic Civil Disobedience is "a form of mass decentered electronic direct action, utilizes virtual blockades and virtual sit-ins. Unlike the participant in a traditional civil disobedience action, an ECD actor can participate in virtual blockades and sit-ins from home, from work, from the university, or from other points of access to the Net." It is more easily accessible to use online. And as I said earlier, it allows an individual to really feel united in a cause when using a form of social networking to unite with others regarding certain causes.
So I am going to use the protesting of the Iran elections as my main example in using social networking to take civil disobedient action. The internet "opens up new possibilities for Net politics, especially for those already predisposed to extraparliamentarian and direct action social movement tactics."