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On October 1, 2011, news broke that blogger Asif Mohiuddin had been arrested because of his involvement in a popular student movement. Asif remained detained for the night before being released. Asif Mohiuddin’s blog received huge attention when he started writing against a particular university’s so-called “development fee,” which poor students were unable to pay. His writing inspired the students to unite and after a series of protests, the government was forced to change the decision to impose the fee.

Мы были на Болотной площади и придем еще

The first mass demonstrations against election fraud during Russia’s parliamentary elections in December 2011 took place at Bolotnaya Square in Moscow. This is where Russia’s civil society experienced its rebirth.  The community of “We were at Bolotnaya Square” stands symbolically for many social network initiatives that have been taken up by and mobilized a Russian youth and middle class that until recently seemed resigned to having its future dictated to it. One of the concrete results was the unprecedented “citizen observation” of the presidential elections on March 4, 2012. Although the vote has taken placed, civil society in Russia has fundamentally changed and the Internet has played an important role in ushering in those changes.


Israel Loves Iran was established by Ronny Edri, a resident of Tel Aviv, who posted a poster showing him holding his daughter above a sign reading “Iranians we love you we will never bomb your country.” The movement asks Israelis and Iranians to produce similar posters of themselves and their loved ones to counter the talks of an Israeli-Iranian military conflict.

La Barbe

A French feminist group strives for gender equity in the work place and in politics with humor by peacefully interrupting corporate board meetings and other men’s venues, with fake beards on their chins. Their fun website provides a “moustache kit” for every occasion. This initiative outlines the power of humor in very serious issues. La Barbe was noticed during the Dominique Strauss Kahn scandal in France, and it signals that a new, fresh, feminist activism at work.

Banca Limpia

Clear and easy to understand, the Banca Limpia campaign uses direct communication to inform the public about what banks are doing with their savings. Including whether the banks invest in weapons, investigations or other questionable enterprises. The results are published and banks start reacting to them. The message is clear and the information is constantly updated.


This is a campaign dedicated to the blind Chinese lawyer Chen Guangcheng who was jailed and beaten more than once and currently put under house arrest under the harshest of conditions. People around the globe are asked to take a photo with dark glasses and submit it online. The slogan of the campaign is “we will not stop until you are free!”


RemoTIVI focuses on media issues – specifically television, which has the most influence medium in Indonesia. The site takes the view of you should “Turn on your television, turn on your mind.” A citizen initiative working on television monitoring in Indonesia, RemoTIVI began as a Facebook group called  “The Community Anti Bad Television Program” and was formed by a group of young people concerned about the poor television programing in Indonesia. They believe that the television business is not just business, but rather a major factor that shapes the character of the people as well as the nation’s character.


Campact organizes and presents currently ongoing campaigns people can take part in to have an influence on political decision-making.

Occupy Wall Street

There is no doubt that social media has helped the Occupy Wall Street movement to grow while at the same time remaining leaderless. Occupy’s use of Facebook, Twitter, text messages as well as the website have helped groups stay informed and to self-organize. The New York website has been nominated to represent the international Occupy movement.

Xixi no Banho

Xixi no Banho works to convince Brazilians to “pee in the shower” to conserve water. The Brazilian NGO SOS Mata Atlântica started the initiative and estimates that if a person avoided flushing the toilet just one time per day by urinating while taking a shower it would save up to 12 liters of water and over the course of a year it would add up to 4,380 liters of water!

الحرية للمدونة رزان غزاوي

The Syrian blogger Razan Ghazzawi was arrested on December 4, 2011 as she was on her way to Amman to attend a workshop on press freedom in the Arab world. Somewhat ironically, Razan’s last blog post before her arrest was to celebrate the release of Syrian blogger Hussein Ghrer, who was held by the Syrian authorities for 37 days. She is also one of the few bloggers in Syria who writes using her real name, advocating for the rights of bloggers and activists arrested by the Syrian regime.

The Free Razan campaign was launched after her arrest calling for her release with a Facebook page that was launched on the same day of her arrest. After her release she was taken into custody again on February 16, 2012, then released three days later. This page is now dedicated to call for the release of her male colleagues at the human rights and press freedom organization SCM, who have been detained since February 16, 2012.

The campaign is an example of a number of similar campaigns that have sprung up in the past year across the Arab world calling for the release of bloggers and activists including Alaa Abdel-Fattah from Egypt and Ali Abdulemam from Bahrain and others.