Human Rights Advocacy and Social Media

From post-election protests in Iran to the campaign against trade in conflict minerals, social media is revolutionizing the way human rights advocates broadcast their efforts. Internet-based services like Twitter and YouTube enable campaigners to reach global audiences and put issues in the international spotlight with just a few mouse-clicks. The potential reach of social media gained worldwide attention in the aftermath of Iran’s controversial June 2009 elections. Protesters and their supporters took to the streets, but also to the Internet, posting videos and information on social media sites, with Twitter becoming a main focal point. The Iranian protestors’ use of […]

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