Digital activism has transformed political protest in the last two decades. Smartphones and the internet have changed the way political events, protests and movements are organised, helping to mobilize thousands of new supporters to a diverse range of causes. With such activity becoming an everyday occurrence, new forms of digital activism are now emerging. These often bypass the existing world of politics, social movements and campaigning. Instead, they take advantage of new technologies to provide an alternative way of organizing society and the economy.
The first thing that comes to mind when you think about the digital activism is the Arab spring that brought down tyrants like Hosni Mubarak and Muammar Gaddafi. Kenya has also embrassed this form of protests notable the MY DRESS, MY CHOICE campaign but it has not been as effective.
All these forms of online activism are essentially designed to force change by putting political pressure on leaders and other powerful groups in the real world. But new kinds of digital activity are also attempting to change society more directly by giving individuals the ability to work and collaborate without government or corporate-run infrastructures.