Movements.org is a non-profit organization based in the United States which serves to facilitate digital activism internationally.


In October 2008, Columbia University, the US Department of State, Google, Howcast Media, and other media companies sponsored the inaugural Alliance of Youth MovementsSummit. This event brought together digital activists, technology and media leaders, NGOs, and governments to convene, share best practices, and create a network of socially responsible grassroots activists using technology for their movements and campaigns.

Following the inaugural summit Jason Liebman (CEO and co-founder of Howcast), Roman Tsunder (co-founder of Access 360 Media), and Jared Cohen (Director of Google Ideas at Google) co-founded a non-profit organization, the Alliance for Youth Movements. This organization is dedicated to identifying, connecting, and supporting digital activists both at the annual summit and all year round.

In December 2009, The Alliance for Youth Movements hosted its 2nd annual summit in Mexico City. This summit was sponsored by the US Department of State as well as other media and event sponsors. The event convened activists and supporters interested in how social media and connection technologies were being used for to combat violence, with a special focus on Latin America.

In March 2010, The Alliance for Youth Movements hosted its 3rd annual summit in London, which was sponsored by the UK Home Office and other media companies. At the end of the summit it was announced that the Alliance for Youth Movements was launching a new online hub for digital activism, Movements.org.

In February 2011, Movements.org was officially launched and the Alliance for Youth Movements re-branded itself as Movements.org to have the same name as its website.


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US trains activists worldwide in phone, Internet protection


by Staff Writers
Washington (AFP) April 8, 2011

The United States is training thousands of cell phone
and Internet pro-democracy campaigners worldwide to
evade security forces in what it calls a "cat-and-mouse
game" with authoritarian governments.

The US government is sponsoring efforts to help activists
in Arab and other countries gain access to technology
that circumvents government firewalls, secures telephone
text and voice messages, and prevents attacks on websites.

"This is sort of a cat-and-mouse game and governments are
constantly developing new techniques to go after critics, to go
after dissenters," said Michael Posner, the assistant US
secretary of state for human rights and labor.

"We are trying to stay ahead of the curve and trying to basically
provide both technology, training, and diplomatic support to allow
People to freely express their views."

Posner told a small group of reporters that the theme of Internet
freedom will be "peppered" throughout the State Department's
annual report on human rights for 194 countries that is scheduled
for release on Friday.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is campaigning hard for
freedoms of expression, assembly and association online
-- what she calls the world's town square or coffee house of the
21st century.

The chief US diplomat has said the protests in Egypt and Iran
fueled by Facebook, Twitter and YouTube reflected "the power
of connection technologies as an accelerant of political, social
and economic change."

The US government, Posner said, has budgeted $50 million in
the last two years to develop new technologies to help activists
protect themselves from arrest and prosecution by authoritarian

And it has organized training sessions for 5,000 activists in
different parts of the world.

A session held in the Middle East about six weeks ago gathered
activists from Tunisia, Egypt, Syria and Lebanon who returned to
their countries with the aim of training their colleagues there.

"They went back and there's a ripple effect," Posner said.

State Department officials said one of the new technologies under
development is the "panic button," which allows activists to erase
contact lists on their cell phones if they are arrested.

"If you can get the panic button that wipes that (list) clean before
they get locked up, you're saving lives," said Posner.

The new technology has not yet been made available to
pro-democracy campaigners but it will prove useful in places like
Syria, where the authorities simply go out and arrest activists who
use their mobile phones.

The State Department said it has already funded efforts by private
firms, mainly from the United States, to develop a dozen different
technologies to circumvent government censorship firewalls.

"One of them has been very successful in Iran. It's being used
extensively. and we have the download numbers," a State
Department official said on condition of anonymity.

"It's going viral and now that technology is spreading all over
the Middle East," said the official, who declined to name the
technology in order not to endanger the people who are using it.

The State Department is also funding efforts to prevent
governments from launching attacks -- known as denial of service
-- aimed at shutting down websites that might publish an investigative
report or other critical material


New Media & Society 1 February 2011; Vol. 13, No. 2 (2011)

A very popular blog: The internet and the possibilities of publicity
Brenton J. Malin
New Media & Society 2011;13 187-202

Young people, political participation and online postmaterialism in Greece
Yannis Theocharis
New Media & Society 2011;13 203-223

Mapping the road to fun: Natural video game controllers, presence, and game enjoyment
Paul Skalski, Ron Tamborini, Ashleigh Shelton, Michael Buncher, and Pete Lindmark
New Media & Society 2011;13 224-242

The limits of peer production: Some reminders from Max Weber for the network society
Daniel Kreiss, Megan Finn, and Fred Turner
New Media & Society 2011;13 243-259

Understanding e-book users: Uses and gratification expectancy model
Dong-Hee Shin
New Media & Society 2011;13 260-278

Factors influencing the willingness to contribute information to online communities
Xigen Li
New Media & Society 2011;13 279-296

The ‘popular’ culture of internet activism
Tatiana Tatarchevskiy
New Media & Society 2011;13 297-313

Cooperation with the corporation? CNN and the hegemonic cooptation of citizen journalism through iReport.com
Farooq A. Kperogi
New Media & Society 2011;13 314-329

The YouTube Indian: Portrayals of Native Americans on a viral video site
Maria Kopacz and Bessie Lee Lawton
New Media & Society 2011;13 330-349

Review article: New media law and policy: Helen Nissenbaum, Privacy in Context: Technology, Policy, and the Integrity of Social Life. Stanford, CA: Stanford Law Books, 2009. xiv + 288 pp. ISBN 9780804752374, $24.95 (pbk) Thomas Gibbons (ed.) Free Speech in the New Media. Farnham, Surrey, UK: Ashgate, 2009. xxiii + 557 pp. ISBN 9780754627913, $300 (hbk) Edward Lee Lamoureux, Steven L. Baron, and Claire Stewart, Intellectual Property Law and Interactive Media: Free for a Fee. New York: Peter Lang, 2009. xii + 298 pp. ISBN 9780820481609, $32.95 (pbk)
Bill D. Herman
New Media & Society 2011;13 350-356

Book review: Esther Milne, Letters, Postcards, Email: Technologies of Presence. New York: Routledge, 2010. 264 pp.: ISBN 0415993288, $95.00 (hbk)
Noah Arceneaux
New Media & Society 2011;13 357-358

Book review: Elihu Katz and Paddy Scannell (eds), The End of Television? Its Impact on the World (So Far). Los Angeles, CA: Sage (for the Academy of Political and Social Sciences), 2009. 236 pp.: ISBN 9781412977661, $22.00 (pbk)
Mark Brewin
New Media & Society 2011;13 359-360

The Information Society, Volume 27, Issue 2, 2011


The Pre-Internet Downloading Controversy: The Evolution of Use Rights for Digital Intellectual and Cultural Works, Pages 69 - 91
Kristin R. Eschenfelder; Anuj C. Desai; Greg Downey
DOI: 10.1080/01972243.2011.548692

Who's Responsible for the Digital Divide? Public Perceptions and Policy Implications, Pages 92 - 104
Dmitry Epstein; Erik C. Nisbet; Tarleton Gillespie
DOI: 10.1080/01972243.2011.548695

Analyzing Peer-to-Peer Technology Using Information Ethics, Pages 105 - 112
Mariarosaria Taddeo; Antonino Vaccaro
DOI: 10.1080/01972243.2011.548698


Online Social Sites as Virtual Parks: An Investigation into Leisure Online and Offline, Pages 113 - 120
Payal Arora
DOI: 10.1080/01972243.2011.548702

Are Changes in the Digital Divide Consistent with Global Equality or Inequality?, Pages 121 - 128
Jeffrey James
DOI: 10.1080/01972243.2011.548705


A Review of “Kids Online: Opportunities and Risks for Children”, Pages 129 - 130
Thomas N. Gardner
DOI: 10.1080/01972243.2011.548710

A Review of “Play Redux: The Form of Computer Games”, Pages 131 - 132
Luis O. Arata
DOI: 10.1080/01972243.2011.548713

A Review of “Chess Metaphors: Artificial Intelligence and the Human Mind”, Pages 133 - 134
Melody Jue
DOI: 10.1080/01972243.2011.548714

A Review of “Inherent Vice: Bootleg Histories of Videotape and Copyright”, Pages 135 - 136
Kinohi Nishikawa
DOI: 10.1080/01972243.2011.548716

A Review of “Computers, Schools, and Students: The Effects of Technology”, Pages 137 - 138
Craig D. Howard
DOI: 10.1080/01972243.2011.548718

A Review of “Tactical Media (Electronic Mediations)”, Pages 139 - 140
Manaf Bashir
DOI: 10.1080/01972243.2011.548719