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The Exchange

Digital Activism: What Happens When Activists Take Their Work Online


As internet natives, brought up in the digital age, today’s young activists are increasingly turning to online platforms to organize and communicate. From Occupy Wall Street to Black Lives Matter to the ALS ice bucket challenge, social movements have begun to enlist the mobilizing force of social media.


  • Mary Joyce – activism consultant, co-founder of the Digital Activism Research Project, and author Digital Activism Decoded: The New Mechanics of Change.
  • Ethan Zuckerman – director of the MIT Center for Civic Media, senior researcher at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, and co-founder of the global blogging community Global Voices.


  • DeRay McKesson – education professional and Black Lives Matter activist known for his activism on Twitter and Instagram