Political participation via the Internet

This video illustrates how politicians are dependent on social media to communicate and influence people’s interests and actions. For example, Barack Obama has signed up for Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Spotify and Instragram. This personal activity in social networks allows Barack Obama to quickly get the word out across multiple platforms and that is the key that political participation via the Internet wants to achieve (Web Trends, n.d., para. 4).

Other political action groups who want to send out a message worldwide to influence people and increase support about a specific issue can also use the Internet to quickly raise awareness. For example, StopACTA.info (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement), this agreement aims to establish an international legal framework for targeting counterfeit goods, generic medicines and copyright infringement on the Internet.

Web Trends. (n.d.). How Barack Obama Is Using Web 2.0 to Run for President. Retrieved from http://webtrends.about.com/od/web20/a/obama-web.htm

Social Networking Is Revolutionizing Politics [Video] (2010). Retrieved from http://youtu.be/9DtTTB-Njgk

Stop ACTA Today! [Video] (2012). Retrieved from http://youtu.be/cH-RweAOGjQ

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