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Online Activism

Millions of people are fighting on the internet for a better world. To achieve their aims, they organize petitions, collect money and write comments. But how effective is internet protest in reality?

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Every day new online petitions are started. Their objectives range from saving a guinea pig to the recognition of Palestine as a UN member. Some e-petitions have amassed several million signatures. Nowadays activists can choose among numerous petition platforms or contact the German Bundestag or US White House directly. Online activism is a form of protest in an era when many no longer want to take to the streets.