Insurgency Online: Web Activism and Global Conflict

Insurgency Online: Web Activism and Global Conflict

by Michael Dartnell


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Insurgency Online: Web Activism and Global Conflict by Michael Dartnell

In Insurgency Online, Michael Dartnell focuses on a new form of conflict made possible by global communications. The Internet, Dartnell argues, is affecting extensive changes to the way politics are carried out, by inserting a range of non-state actors onto the global political stage. He demonstrates that Web activism raises issues about the organization of societies and the distribution of power and contends that the development of online activism has far-reaching social and political implications, with parallels to the influence of the invention of the printing press, the telegraph, and the radio.

Dartnell concentrates on Web activists who use the Net as a media tool, distinguishing this use from information terrorism, which threatens or harasses through 'hacking' or electronic sabotage. Using the examples of the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA), which opposed the Taliban, the Peruvian Movimento Revolucionario Tupac Amaru (MRTA) and its campaign against the Fujimori government, and the Irish Republican Socialist Movement (IRSM), Dartnell evaluates the political implications and general character of Web activism among non-state actors. Insurgency Online shows that online activism is a ripe, new territory for non-governmental actors to raise awareness and develop support around the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802087478
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date: 05/28/2006
Series: Digital Futures Series
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.29(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Michael Y. Dartnell is an associate professor in the Department of History and Politics at the University of New Brunswick, Saint John.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Arthur Kroker


  1. Introduction: Insurgency Online and Conflict in the Global-scape
  2. Insurgency Online as Networking: IRSM Web Activism
  3. Insurgency Online as Global Witnessing: The Web Activism of RAWA
  4. Insurgency Online as Media Relay: The Web Activism of the MRTA
  5. Conclusion: Web Activism – A Messenger That Shapes Perceptions

Appendix 1 Methodology of Insurgency Online

Appendix 2 Some of the Restrictions Imposed by the Taliban on Women in Afghanistan

Appendix 3 Translation of the Du’a of Sheikh Muhammed Al Mohaisany




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