Sunday, March 30, 2008

Empowering community activism

I read an interesting article today in Wired about a community of sex industry workers, that has been empowered by standard Web 2.0 and mobile networking technologies.
"Using mobile gadgets and Web 2.0 apps, sex workers mounted an internet-enabled campaign to spin the story. Smartphones, RSS feeds and mobile social networks enabled them to pounce on stories as soon as they appeared in the mainstream media, posting comments on news websites and blogging the good, the bad and the even worse coverage as it appeared."

I am curious whether this community uses anonymity features available with certain technologies, or whether they use traditional personal networking to keep employees identities private. The article did not make that clear, but I believe they used a little of both approaches.

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