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A organized collection of data

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Stories using animations.

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A short blog entry intended to inform and share things/information

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a hand held mobile phone

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+ Belarus (1)
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“Give Lukashenko his own Lu-net!”
Here is what happened

Belarusians created a group of websites they called LuNet, in mock honour of President Alexander Lukasheko’s birthday, after he promised to increase internet censorship. The sites, which were a play on words using sites such as youtube and live journal, were packed with government propaganda amid ironic posts which increased awareness to internet censorship and the detention of bloggers for political purposes.

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Belarusians creat LuNet to mock honour of President Alexander Lukasheko’s birthday after he announced increased internet censorship.
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The Tactic at work

This tactic is good for reaching out to diverse audiences and for encouraging people to spread your message.

Plan your own campaign

How did this group get from the initial impulse to poke fun at Lukushenko to a full fledged campaign? Try brainstorming!

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Fair Play
Here is what happened

Using Freedom of Information (FOI) requests Fair Play gathers invoices and other documents that show how the Slovakian government spends its money, adds this material to a database connected to its website, and invites people to use this information to influence political change.  By making the information easy to access, a debate was created around public spending and pressure for change became so great that one Slovak construction minister had to resign.

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Through the Freedom of Information (FOI)  Fair Play collected data on the Slovakian government spending
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The Tactic at work

This tactic is good to use when you need to present and share complex or hard-to-access information with the people who need it.

Plan your own campaign

There is a lot of information which should be available to the public but is only released on request. Learn how to file an information request and make information easily available through a database or other tools! 

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The Saffron Revolution
Here is what happened

Advocates in Burma used blogs to get around the Junta's censorship of news and disseminate information about human rights abuses. Bloggers were able to spread news about two critical events by circulating photos taken with digital and mobile phone cameras: citizen protests against the abrupt end of fuel subsidies, and the resulting increase in military violence against citizens. Burmese images of Buddhist monks and nuns on the streets became very popular online, and helped spread reports about what was happening from Burma to the rest of the world.

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The Saffron Revolution utilized blogs, cell phones, and camera to spread information about the Juntas human rights abuse.
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The Tactic at work

This tactic is good for ensuring that people have the power to capture rights abuses as they happen.

Plan your own campaign

Handling and storing sensitive information about human rights abuses puts you at risk and it's important to think about online and mobile security and privacy.

Monitoring the 2010 Burma Elections
Here is what happened

 The Alternative Asean Network on Burma's (ALTSEAN-Burma) 2010 election watch created a no frills website to provide background information, analysis, and up-to-date information on the 2010 Burma elections in a concise, user-friendly format for activists, media, researchers, diplomats, legislators and policy-makers. The overall aim of the project was to monitor whether the electoral process is conducted in a free and fair manner. 

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The Alternative Asean Network in Burma (ALTSEAN-Burma) created a website to provide easily acessible information for the 2010 elections
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The Tactic at work

This tactic is good for ensuring that people have the power to capture rights abuses as they happen.

Plan your own campaign

The accessibility of the resources provided to citizens was key to this campaign's reach. Assessing your audience and their needs is an important part of campaign strategy. See how you can craft a campaign! 

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Caught Between the Tiger and the Crocodile
Here is what happened

The Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers (APNSW) used digital video to document abusive conditions and human rights violations reported by sex workers detained in so-called  ‘rehabilitation’ centres in Cambodia.  Sex workers interviewed after their release and escape told personal stories of assault, rape, and denial of access to clean food, water, and medicine.  They posted this video on YouTube and blip.tv, and presented it at a day of action for 500 sex workers in Phnom Penh.  As a result one of the combined efforts of APNSW, WNU, and local human rights groups working together to provide evidence of the abuses that took place, one of the two centres was closed.

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Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers (APNSW) video documenting conditions of sex workers
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The Tactic at work

This tactic is useful when you are able to collaborate with others to identify, share and act on evidence that is being concealed from the public or ignored by those who need to act.

Plan your own campaign

When using online videos for outreach, it is easy to track your direct impact. Build your analytics framework from the start!  

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Grass-mud horse: circumventing censorship
Here is what happened

 In order to circumvent internet censorship in China, bloggers have created a lexicon which makes puns out of words and phrases in the Chinese language to talk about forbidden topics. It started with the 'grass-mud horse' – a mythical creature which sounds nearly the same as a dirty insult – as a tool to ridicule the government's blocking of vulgar content online. The grass-mud horse has achieved a personality, making its way into art, poetry and online videos, as well as inspiring an entire vocabulary of words. The Grass-Mud Horse Lexicon gives netizens a way to outsmart the government's sophisticated surveillance technology. 

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The Tactic at work

Remixing popular culture to question institutional power.

Plan your own campaign

Inventing ways to beat censorship requires thinking outside the box. Learn more about how to do this.

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A Duty to Protect: Justice for Child Soldiers
Here is what happened

This documentary film produced by Witness in partnership with AJEDI-Ka, a DRC-based nonprofit organization, tells the personal stories of child soldiers. After the release of the video, the international criminal court brought charges against those in the Congolese military who had enlisted child soldiers.

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A documentary film about Congolese military who had enlisted child soldiers.
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The Tactic at work
tacic 4 - amplify personal stories

This tactic is useful when people affected by the issue are not being consulted, and as a way to give an issue depth that resonates with the target audience.

Plan your own campaign

If you're thinking of doing a film project, you need to start by crafting your message and goals. Read information and suggested activities for developing a campaign strategy.

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Animating Folklore with a Feminist Twist
Here is what happened

Artists and advocates from Egypt created a short animated video based on traditional Arabic stories re-told from a feminist perspective. The video uses animals and objects to approach gender inequality in a creative way that is also sensitive to its audience. It was created by Tessa Lewin and the Women and Memory Forum, Egypt.

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Animated egyptian folklore tales told from a feminist persepctive
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The Tactic at work

This tactic is good for communicating creatively across different languages and literacies, and for capturing people's attention.

Plan your own campaign

This campaign required abstract thinking. To start creative brainstorming with your team, try out our “thinking outside the box” activity!

Remixed Presidential Posters
Here is what happened

Egyptians remixed images of President Mubarak into popular film posters. The images spread quickly on the internet. The humour in the posters took away from Mubarak’s mystique, and allowed people who did not think of themselves as activists to stand up to their President, even in a joking way.

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Egyptian activists remixed images of resident Mubarak into popular film posters
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The Tactic at work

This tactic is good for reaching out to diverse audiences and for encouraging people to spread your message.

Plan your own campaign

This group were definitely tracking the spread of their posters online. Get some ideas for how to track your campaign online in our Campaign Analytics basics card.

Exposing Torture by Police
Here is what happened

Journalist, Noha Atef created TortureInEgypt.net in 2006 to document human rights abuses committed by police against Egyptian citizens, using photos and videos submitted by readers. In some cases, the videos are shot by the police themselves. After she drew local media attention to her stories, an innocent man who had been jailed for 14 years was released from prison.

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Noha Atef created TortureInEgypt to document human rights abuses committed by police against Egyptian, data submitted by readers was plotted on a map
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The Tactic at work

This tactic is useful when you are able to collaborate with others to identify, share and act on evidence that is being concealed from the public or ignored by those who need to act.

Plan your own campaign

At the height of its success tortureinegypt.net was receiving an average of 210,000 monthly visits. It is important to have a plan for how you will track your campaign before you begin, here are some ideas.

Mapping Harassment on the Streets of Cairo
Here is what happened

Mapping Harrassment on the Streets of Cairo is a movement which uses a mashup, Ushahidi, to provide a place for women and other victims of sexual harassment to report instances of harassment on the streets of Cairo. Using a number of methods to gather the information, people can submit reports via SMS, email and a web form.  The reports are then put onto a online map, making the entire system act as an advocacy, prevention, and response tool, highlighting the severity and pervasiveness of the problem.

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A crowdsourcing map,utilizing Ushahidi, that documents Harrassment in Cairo
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The Tactic at work

This tactic is good for ensuring that people have the power to capture rights abuses as they happen.

Plan your own campaign

Collecting witness accounts and information allowed for tracking and visualizing of the problem. See how you can use tools to gather information and record witness accounts as they happen!   

IamJan25: Documenting the Egyptian uprising
Here is what happened

 The website Iamjan25.com collects images and videos captured by demonstrators in Tahrir Square, where hundreds of thousands of Egyptians gathered on 25 January 2011 to protest against the regime of then-president Hosni Mubarak. It is a collection of eye-witness accounts recording this significant piece of history from the point of view of the people on the ground. Containing over 7,000 videos and pictures, the website is the largest online archive of its kind.  

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The Tactic at work

Using data and evidence to monitor corruption and violence.

Plan your own campaign

 There's no information on the website about who created it. When working online in volatile political situations you need to consider the digital trail you leave behind. 

Fighting state media lies
Here is what happened

Most Egyptians get their news from free state television which is in practice a mouthpiece for Egypt's military. The state media unfailingly portray the miltary as great state protectors, and the demonstrators as trouble-seekers spreading unrest. A political party, the Revolutionary Forces Alliance, have been travelling the country using a bed sheet and video projector to publicly screen videos showing police and military brutality. Their campaign, '3askar Kazeboon' (Military Liars), uses visual evidence to present a counter-narrative to the state media's lies.  

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The Tactic at work

Using data and evidence to monitor corruption and violence.

Plan your own campaign

 The campaign used video to mobilise support and esatblish a shared understanding of the problem. See our exercises on how to create a common vision. 

Morsi Meter
Here is what happened

Before the Egyptian presidential elections in May 2012, the Muslim Brotherhood candidate, Mohammed Morsi, proposed a 100-day plan for reinvigorating the economy and social and political situation of the country post-revolution. After he was elected in June, Zabatak, (@Zabatak), an anti-corruption and transparency advocacy group struck on an innovative idea to publicly monitor Morsi's performance. Modeled on the Obamameter, and other similar projects in other countries, MorsiMeter is a simple website tracking Morsi's fulfillment of his promises in the five areas of security, traffic, bread, cleanliness and fuel. 

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Screenshot of the Morsi Meter - a website monitoring the performance of the Egyptian president
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The Tactic at work

Using data and evidence to monitor corruption and violence.

Plan your own campaign

This technique worked well in an American context but was it the most useful to reach the voting Egyptian public, the majority of who are not online? It's a good first step to map a campaign's different audiences. Try the exercise included in this card.   

Reclaiming Public Spaces with Female-Centered Graffiti
Here is what happened

In March 2011, a throng of men attacked women taking part in a demonstration to celebrate International Women’s Day in Cairo's Tahrir Square, while the police and army just stood by and watched. Later that month, Egyptian troops beat, shocked and strip-searched women arrested during a protest in Cairo and forced them to submit to virginity tests. One year later, a group of young advocates, NooNeswa, launched a female-centered graffiti campaign called “Graffiti 7arimi”, in order to encourage women to reclaim public spaces, and challenge power dynamics. The group stencils images of powerful Egyptian women with remixed quotes inspired from popular culture. In one design, for example, the legendary Oum Kalthoum sings a line from her famous take on Ibrahim Nagi's “The Ruins”: “Give me my freedom, set loose my chains.” 

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The Tactic at work

This tactic is good for communicating creatively across different languages and literacies, and for capturing people's attention.

Plan your own campaign

Even with limited resources, you can launch an action that challenges the status quo. Try the exercises in this card for creative campaigning.  

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Organise and Mobilise your Contacts
Here is what happened

CiviCRM software can be used to manage your relationships. It can send and track responses from bulk emails and be used to help plan events and fundraise. CiviCRM not only organises contacts, but tracks interactions and relationships with people and stores this information on your own web server so you can access it anywhere.

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CiviCRM is a software which allows for the organizing of contacts and managing relationships.
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The Tactic at work

This tactic is good for understanding your connections and relationships so you can make the most of your networks.

Plan your own campaign

Your contacts are very important resources and they need to be protected. See our campaign basics card on Online and Mobile Security and Privacy.

350: International Day of Climate Action
Here is what happened

To inspire people to organise climate change actions around the world, 350.org created an animated video about climate change to get their message across. The video does not use any words so it can be understood by speakers of all languages and uses the number 350, which refers to the number scientists say is the safe limit of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The animation was published on 350.org, as well as Youtube and Facebook to reach out to as many people as possible.

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350.org created an animated video to spread awarness on climate change issues
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The Tactic at work

This tactic is good for communicating creatively across different languages and literacies, and for capturing people's attention.

Plan your own campaign

With an issue as complex as climate change, 350 had to begin with a common vision amongst their core campaigning group. Try out our activity “problem – solution – change” to develop your common vision.

Phone Story: Reveal your phone's secrets
Here is what happened

 An Italian software collective, Molleindustria, in collaboration with American culture jamming activists The Yes Men, produced Phone Story, a “radical game” for smart phones. The game exposes the human and environmental costs of the mobile phone industry. It made headlines when Apple banned it from its iPhone App Store. This only bolstered Molleindustria's campaign. It was then released on Google's Android market where it is among the most highly-rated apps.  

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The Tactic at work

Remixing popular culture to question institutional power.

Plan your own campaign

The game cleverly subverts the convention of gaming as entertainment. See our tips for thinking outside the box.

Europe vs Facebook
Here is what happened

In 2011, Max Schrems used European data privacy laws to file a request for his personal data from Facebook. Facebook provided him with 1,222 pages on a CD, containing deleted chat conversations, details on his physical location identified by IP addresses and more data he never agreed to share. With other students, he set up a campaign website called Europe versus Facebook which provided a video tutorial for others to request their own data from Facebook. This lead to over 40,000 requests to Facebook.  

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The Tactic at work

Mobilising globally and locally and against powerful institutions.

Plan your own campaign

This campaign raised important questions about the amount of information Facebook stores on users and to whom that data belongs. Be aware of what you post on social networks, particularly if you work on sensitive issues.

The Web 2.0 Suicide Machine
Here is what happened

In 2009, a collective of net-artists came up with a novel idea: a service to delete virtual identities. The group, Worm Collective, called it the Web 2.0 Suicide Machine. In the first month, nearly 1,000 people used the service to commit virtual suicide. It works like this: after you give the service your login details, it will systematically go through your account, deleting your friends, your posts, removing you from groups and so on. It will also change your profile photo to memorialise your “death”. It is available for Facebook, Twitter, Myspace and Linkedin.

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The Tactic at work

Mobilising globally and locally and against powerful institutions.

Plan your own campaign

Read our advice about online and mobile security and privacy for more tips on how to preserve your online privacy and remain anonymous.

+ India (6)
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Video Volunteers Demand Land Rights
Here is what happened

After a community-made video on land rights in Gujarat, India, was screened in 25 nearby villages, 700 people rallied and filed complaints with the local government to have land fairly distributed to them. 

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Video Volunteers Demand Land Rights made video on land rights to demand fair land distribution by the local government in India.
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The Tactic at work

This tactic is good to use when you want to support people to come together, online and in person, around a cause.

Plan your own campaign

One of the keys to this campaign's success was that the video asked viewers to perform a concrete action. See our advice on campaign strategies for more tips.

The Pink Chaddi Campaign
Here is what happened

The Pink Chaddi Campaign from India was a response to a right wing group's attacks on women drinking in pubs. By organising through Facebook and their blogs, women’s advocates asked supporters to send pink chaddis (panties) to members of this group.

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The Tactic at work

This tactic is good to use when you want to support people to come together, online and in person, around a cause.

Plan your own campaign

Pushing boundaries will often get your issue heard! Some activities from our campaign basics card “Think Creatively” is a good place to start thinking outside the box.

Blank Noise
Here is what happened

Blank Noise explores the issue of sexual harassment of women by combining personal storytelling with public actions. Women tell their stories by sending garments that they wore when harassed, blog together during a ‘blogathon’ about what happened to them, post photographs of places where they were harassed, and tell stories of how they reacted to street harassment.

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Blank Noise creates narratives and of sexual harassment in India through personal narratives and garnments.
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The Tactic at work
tacic 4 - amplify personal stories

This tactic is useful when people affected by the issue are not being consulted, and as a way to give an issue depth that resonates with the target audience.

Plan your own campaign

If your goal is audience engagement online, you need to think about tracking and analysing your impact. Read about the methods and tools other campaigns have used.

Field Reporting the Mumbai Terror Attacks 2008
Here is what happened

Using text messages and mobile phone photos, local people self-organised to find and share information that wasn’t available in the media during the Mumbai terrorist attacks. This spontaneous community reporting identified injuries and deaths and supported coordinated donations of blood and other relief efforts. 

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The Tactic at work

This tactic is good for creating or gathering information, reporting on public events such as elections or protests and responding to disasters or outbreaks.

Plan your own campaign

Some of the tools you are using might be easier to track than others. Even if it is a rapid response situation, it is useful to be able to go back and recover information you have broadcast and track the momentum of your campaign.

The Zero Rupee Note Fights Corruption
Here is what happened

The Zero Rupee Note Fights Corruption is a campaign tool that Vijay Anand created through his organisation 5th pilar. The Zero Rupee note is a visual aid to mobilise people to say 'no' to corrupt officials and to expose where and when bribes are demanded. Its design is based on the Indian 50 Rupee note, but printed on the note in English and Tamil is the message: “Eliminate Corruption at all levels” and “I promise to neither accept nor give a bribe."

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A zero rupee note created by 5th Pilar as a visual aid to fight corruption
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The Tactic at work

This tactic is good for communicating creatively across different languages and literacies, and for capturing people's attention.

Plan your own campaign

By a clever use of messaging and information design this group caught the attention of the public and the press. Learn how you can engage your audience creatively!  

The Bell Bajao Campaign Fighting Domestic Violence
Here is what happened

The Bell Bajao Campaign was conceived by Mumbai-based NGO, Breakthrough, to mobilise men to take a stand against domestic violence. A series of public service announcements were brodcast on Indian radio, television and print showing men and boys who have witnessed domestic violence and intervened. “Bell Bajao” translates as “ring the bell” referring to the idea that anyone can help stop domestic violence by being proactive and drawing attention to it. The campaign had a wide reach and included men in a positive way on an issue in which they are usually negatively portrayed.

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The Bell Bajao Campaign Fighting fought domestic violence by mobilise men in India to take a stand through intense media outreach
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The Tactic at work

This tactic is good for communicating creatively across different languages and literacies, and for capturing people's attention.

Plan your own campaign

Bell Bajao strategically partnered with an advertising agency to create a slick video campaign. Learn how to map our your potential partners at the beginning of your campaign planning.  

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Providing Targeted Reconstruction Information
Here is what happened

As part of reconstruction work after the Asian tsunami, Mercy Corps used FrontlineSMS to provide people with highly targeted relief information by mobile phone. FrontlineSMS allows you to send text messages to customised groups of contacts. Thus, by using their mobile phones, tsunami-effected people had access to up-to-date information.

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The Tactic at work

This tactic is good for understanding your connections and relationships so you can make the most of your networks.

Plan your own campaign

Answering key questions repeatedly, at each stage of your campaign, about the problem, solution, stakeholders and targets as well as the tactics, message and tools you will use, will help develop your campaign strategy.

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Remembering Neda
Here is what happened

Two short videos showing the death of Neda Agha-Soltan during post-election protests in Iran received worldwide attention in June 2009. The videos were posted and spread so quickly that there was little time to consider the implications of such a rapid spread of unedited, first-hand footage. This proved a critical moment in activism, for thinking about both the ethics of spreading such personal information and the danger that those spreading it can face themselves.

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Remebering Neda consists of two videos of death of Neda Agha-Soltan during post-election protests in Iran
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The Tactic at work

This tactic is good for ensuring that people have the power to capture rights abuses as they happen.

Plan your own campaign

It is crucial to implement digital security and online privacy measures when you're spreading information about a potentially volatile issue.

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Fadfed: Surveying public opinion
Here is what happened

In order to encourage people to express themselves publicly and foster government accountability, the Jordanian youth organization Leaders of Tomorrow launched in 2010 the street-based initiative Fadfed (which translates as “let your frustration out”). The activity, held every few months, invites people to openly share their views about sensitive issues, such as drugs, violence, unemployment, inflation and parliamentary elections, on white boards or sheets of paper posted in public places. Organizers live tweet people's opinions using the hashtag #Fadfed to the relevant government officials for responses. Conceived as a way to survey and document public opinion, the initiative collects data that can be used in campaigns or research projects.

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The Tactic at work

This tactic is good for creating or gathering information, reporting on public events such as elections or protests and responding to disasters or outbreaks.

Plan your own campaign

Before you start collecting data, think of ways you can analyze it. Organizers of Fadfed sort the responses posted according to filters like issue, gender, age group and level of frustration. Learn more about campaign analytics in this card.

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Infonet: Budget Tracking
Here is what happened

Citizens from Kenya can get information on government funding for development projects by sending a text message to Infonet's budget tracking platform. The questions provide data to help build a picture of which government funds are most under scrutiny in different areas. People can also leave comments on each project to verify, contest, add information, or connect with a local social development group who can help them query the allocation and use of public funds.

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The Tactic at work
9 - Let people ask the questios

This tactic is good for getting vital information to people when popular information or sources are incomplete or misleading, or when other forms of direct communication are difficult.

Plan your own campaign

This example deals with access to information about government spending. Get ideas and advice on how to access information in our Access Information basics card.

Unsung Peace Heroes
Here is what happened

Unsung Peace Heroes created a forum to honour those who worked for peace after post-election violence in Kenya in December 2007.  Kenyans could nominate people and organisations by text message, email and with paper forms at peace events.  Nominations were translated, verified, and added to a map using the community reporting tool, Ushahidi.  In 2009 the eight winning Peace Heroes were recognised on national television spreading a message of hope and focusing on the good in a time of trouble.

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Unsung Peace Heroes honoured key people working on post election peace efforts in Kenya who were selected by people through crowdsourcing
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The Tactic at work

This tactic is good for creating or gathering information, reporting on public events such as elections or protests and responding to disasters or outbreaks.

Plan your own campaign

Relying on input form citizens can work in many regions, although there will be differences based on both technology and your community's ease with using certain tools. Think about your community and plan your campaign to reach them in the most effective way.  

Citizen Mapping Kibera
Here is what happened

In 2009, a group of young people from Kibera, one of Africa's largest slums, found in Nairobi, created the first map of their community. The Map Kibera project worked with 13 local participants to enter data collected using hand-held GPS devices into OpenStreetMap to create a free and open digital map. This map has helped the community to solve and combat various issues: citizens and NGOs have used the data to lobby for resources, negotiate with the police to improve security and better hold government, businesses and anti-poverty projects to account.  

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The Tactic at work

Mobilising globally and locally and against powerful institutions.

Plan your own campaign

What began as a simple mapping exercise, did more that fill a blank spot, it provided essential data and evidence to use in campaigning for change. See our campaign planning exercises to get you started.

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Comedy Skits Expose Discrimination and Corruption
Here is what happened

Sheno Ya3ni (which translates as “What’s that?” or “So what?”) is a group of actors from the Arab Gulf and the Middle East who created a series of online videos to expose and challenge discrimination and corruption in the Kuwaiti society and the political system. Their first five videos, in which they make fun of politicians in public announcements, coincided with the Kuwaiti parliamentary elections in February 2012, reaching on average 40,000 viewers. The group’s YouTube channel now has over 3 million video views.

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The Tactic at work

Remixing popular culture to question institutional power.

Plan your own campaign

Humor and satire are powerful ways to undermine authority. Use this card to help you develop a creative campaign that inspires audiences to take action. 

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Using a Friendless Profile for Visibility
Here is what happened

In Lebanon, an LGBT advocacy organisation (not to be named here for privacy reasons) created a Facebook profile with no photo and no friends to safely mobilise people who needed support and/or wanted to advocate for LGBT rights. The profile served as a way to direct people to the organisation's website without threatening peoples security or anonymity by publicly linking them with an LGBT organisation.

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The Tactic at work

This tactic is good to use when you want to support people to come together, online and in person, around a cause.

Plan your own campaign

Thinking about digital security and online privacy is imperative when you're working on a sensitive issue. Read more about how to put cautionary measures in place.

Mapping a Conflict in Real Time
Here is what happened

During the 2006 Israel invasion, Samidoun, a grassroots network in central Beirut, created and up-dated a map of the bombings and damage to Lebanon’s infrastructure which they posted on their blog. These maps were used for organising recovery and advocacy efforts. They were also deemd to be so precise that the BBC and other international media used them as a key source of information.

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The damage to Lebanese infrastructe was mapped in real time during the Israeli invasion in 2006
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The Tactic at work

This tactic is good for communicating creatively across different languages and literacies, and for capturing people's attention.

Plan your own campaign

This campaign relied on people visiting the blog and exploring the map. Measuring user behaviour would have helped Samidoun guage relevance of different content and adapt their advocacy strategy. 

Using Live Art to Comment on Urban Landscapes
Here is what happened

In Lebanon, many urban and public areas have been acquired by dubious means. To challenge popular conceptions of urban spaces and explore the practices of people who use them, the Dictaphone Group turned their research findings on the ownership of the Beirut seafront into an interactive “protest performance” called “This Sea Is Mine". In this site-specific presentation, they took people on a boat trip along a section of the Beirut coastline to explore the nature of its ownership and the laws governing it. During the trip, a fisherman manning the boat told stories of land and building reclamation projects, and their destructive effect on marine life along the coast, and a guide pointed out various coastal resorts’ violations of Lebanese law. Organizers also provided the “audience” with a performance booklet, which was actually a research booklet, including maps, legal texts, descriptions of developmental trajectories of beaches and waterfront spaces, and oral history accounts.

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The Tactic at work

Using data and evidence to monitor corruption and violence.

Plan your own campaign

By presenting their academic research through a live performance, the Dictaphone Group made their findings accessible to a larger population. Try the exercises in this campaign basics card to help you develop your strategy to reach your audience. 

Mamnou3: A Mockumentary against Censorship
Here is what happened

Non-governmental organizations and independent activists in Lebanon worked for years to defend cultural and artistic freedom of expression. But driven by political, religious or moral motivations, censors have always had their way, banning plays, movies, TV shows and books, or editing out certain content they deemed threatening. To expose the absurdity of Lebanese censors, the SKeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom created "Mamnou3" (which means “forbidden” or “prohibited” in Arabic), a mockumentary-style web series about the day-to-day inner workings of Lebanon's censorship bureau. The series caricaturizes censors to make fun of taboos and point out censorship decisions that are rarely clearly justified, but are explained with vague terms such as “threatening state security” and the like. ُThe series quickly spread online and on social networks. The project's YouTube channel now has over 46,000 views.

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The Tactic at work

Remixing popular culture to question institutional power.

Plan your own campaign

To evaluate the success of your campaign, use analytical tools that help you see who is accessing it online and how they are sharing it.

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Zenga Zenga: Gaddafi's speech as a dance tune
Here is what happened

In February 2011, after watching the late Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi give an hour-long speech in an attempt to regain control, Israeli DJ Noy Alooshe acted quickly. Using video software and Auto-Tune, a tool to digitally distort voices, Alooshe spliced snippets of Gaddafi's speech with beats from American rappers T Pain and Pitbull's hit 'Hey Baby'. Within 24 hours he had uploaded the mash-up to YouTube. After just one week, the video had been viewed 2.7 million times. 

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The Tactic at work

Remixing popular culture to question institutional power.

Plan your own campaign

 Through skillful and humorous remixing of content that is already in the public realm, these videos create counter-narratives which resist the rhetoric of the powerful, and popularise political critique. Learn more about thinking creatively. 

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Gathering Citizen Reports of Violence
Here is what happened

Citizens of Madagascar sent SMS messages to Foko about reports of violence by the military and police during demonstrations against a takeover of the government. These reports were published on an online map, and a team of local bloggers checked the messages for accuracy. As traditional media was compromised at the time, Foko’s website alerted citizens to trouble spots and gave a richer picture of the crisis than traditional reporting while ensuring an independent information source existed to report on events.

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The Tactic at work

This tactic is good for creating or gathering information, reporting on public events such as elections or protests and responding to disasters or outbreaks.

Plan your own campaign

This campaign relied on recieving information from citizens which meant promoting the website to reach people across the country. Further, distinguishing rumour from truth was key. Both aspects required careful campaign planning.

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Farm Subsidy Tracking
Here is what happened

In Mexico, rural subsidies reach billions of dollars and are essential to many farmers' survival. Many of these subsidies, however, have been diverted into hands they were not intended for. Information is difficult to obtain and even more difficult to navigate.  The Farm Subsidy Tracking project (Subsidios al Campo) began in 2008 as an effort to build a database on how the subsidies are distributed across the country.  The project makes data from 6 national subsidy programmes systematically available online.  With over 350,000 searches, the site has become one of the most popular sources of information. It provides an alternative to the government's official narrative, helping analysts and advocates to fight for rural economic policy change in Mexico.

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The Tactic at work

This tactic is good to use when you need to present and share complex or hard-to-access information with the people who need it.

Plan your own campaign

In this case, the data used was already publicly available, but sometimes there will be data you need yet can't find. There are ways you can ask for it! Find out how.  

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The Targuist Sniper
Here is what happened

The Targuist Sniper was an advocate who filmed police officers in Morocco repeatedly demanding bribes from motorists and published them on YouTube where they were heavily viewed. As a result the government not only took action against the police officers, but also used the same technique as the Targuist Sniper and installed video cameras to catch police in the future.

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The Tactic at work

This tactic is good for ensuring that people have the power to capture rights abuses as they happen.

Plan your own campaign

Thinking about digital security and online privacy is imperative when you're working on a sensitive issue and posting videos online. Read more about how to put cautionary measures in place.

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MyQuestion, MyAnswer
Here is what happened

Young people in Nigeria face obstables in getting accurate sexual and reproductive health information, due to stigma and taboos.  A collaboration between OneWorld UK and local NGO, Education as a Vaccine Against AIDS, produced 'MyQuestion/MyAnswer,' a mobile phone service that lets young people take control over their own sexual health education anonymously and securely. Questions may be sent in anonymously via text message and responses can include health facts, links to local clinics, or a chance to speak directly by phone to a counsellor.  The questions are later aggregated into a FAQ database.

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The Tactic at work
9 - Let people ask the questios

This tactic is good for getting vital information to people when popular information or sources are incomplete or misleading, or when other forms of direct communication are difficult.

Plan your own campaign

Allowing anonymity was a key part of this campaign's strategy from the very start. An important task when designing your campaign is to learn as much about the stakeholders as possible. Try our exercise on this.

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A Mobile Phone App to Monitor Israeli Settlements
Here is what happened

Facts On The Ground is a free mobile phone app to monitor Israeli settlements developed by Americans For Peace Now (APN), a US-based advocacy organisation. It provides details of Israeli settlements using mapping technology. APN had collected a large amount of data that was inaccessible to others and difficult to disseminate until they decided to visualise it through maps.  Users of this app can pinpoint individual settlements and the year they were established, access information on the population and add layers of additional information.  The accessibility and detailed information available in this app allows people to get a much clearer picture of the situation on the ground.

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The Tactic at work

This tactic is good for creating or gathering information, reporting on public events such as elections or protests and responding to disasters or outbreaks.

Plan your own campaign

By creating a clear map of Israeli Settlements users were able to learn a significant amount and also contribute information. Using such tools allows for a more transparent and wider understanding of an issue. Including data, maps and apps in your strategy can increase supporter involvement significantly! 

Visit Gaza: A virtual tour of life in the strip
Here is what happened

 To provide a visual representation of the problems that the 1.7 million Gaza Strip residents encounter on a daily basis, an Israeli NGO, Gisha, created a Virtual Tour of Gaza. Through an interactive map of the Strip containing text, images and video, viewers can see how restricted access policies have affected local infrastructure and education, as well as the economy.  

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The Tactic at work

Using data and evidence to monitor corruption and violence.

Plan your own campaign

 This resource is a great way to make people think about what life is like on the ground. Track how successful your online activities are by using analytical tools.  

Visualizing Palestine
Here is what happened

Visualising Palestine (VP) uses public information about life in Israel and Palestine to expose the damaging effects of the occupation. For example, by creating a visualisation based on bus transport networks, VP brings attention to the severe restrictions on mobility that Palestinians experience. An infographic about the physiological changes that occur during fasting and hunger strikes compares and contrasts the hunger strikes by contemporary heroes like Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi to draw focus to the 66 day strike by Khader Adnan, a Palestinian held by Israel for being detained without official charges. The work of Visualising Palestine presents a new take on a longstanding conflict through the use of a strong evidence-base and new information visualisation tools. 

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The Tactic at work

Using data and evidence to monitor corruption and violence.

Plan your own campaign

Creating a compelling story out of data requires alot of iterations. Some of the insights from the Creative Thinking card might be useful in this case.

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We the Women
Here is what happened

To draw attention to laws banning women from driving cars in Saudi Arabia, Areej Khan, a Saudi artist and graphic designer living in the US, created the 'We the Women' campaign. The project got women to respond to the question, "To drive or not drive?" by writing their answers on stickers that they could post in public spaces. Participants also photographed their stickers and added them to the campaign's Flickr photo group and Facebook page.

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The Tactic at work
tacic 4 - amplify personal stories

This tactic is useful when people affected by the issue are not being consulted, and as a way to give an issue depth that resonates with the target audience.

Plan your own campaign

From one individual's idea, this campaign gained a lot of support and attention in the press. In this scenario it is important to track the campaign online. See our advice on Campaign Analytics.

Women2Drive Campaign
Here is what happened

 Taking up the baton from Areej Khan's 'We the Women' campaign against the fatwa on women driving in Saudi Arabia, the Women2Drive campaign has used Youtube, Facebook, and Twitter to mobilise support and take a stronger stand against the ban.  In May 2011 Manal al-Sharif posted an 8-minute video online which showed herself driving while articulating a cogent rationale for why women in Saudi Arabia should be allowed to drive. It was viewed more than 700,000 times before being taken down 4 days later. Manal was imprisoned, and later released. Women2Drive is now calling on women to apply for driving licenses and then, when their applications are inevitably rejected, to file lawsuits. 

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The Tactic at work

Mobilising globally and locally and against powerful institutions.

Plan your own campaign

The Women2Drive Campaign has 20,000 supporters on both Facebook and Twitter and has successfully been mobilizing supporters. For advice on planning  a campaign refer to our campaign strategy card.

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Women'sNet: Digital Storytelling
Here is what happened

The project, Digital Stories for Transformation, documents stories rarely told, and rarely heard. Women share their personal experiences of surviving violence through digital storytelling. The approach allows people to use animation, photos, music, and live video to tell first-person stories. These are then distributed to human rights advocates, policy-makers, and service and aid workers.

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The Tactic at work
tacic 4 - amplify personal stories

This tactic is useful when people affected by the issue are not being consulted, and as a way to give an issue depth that resonates with the target audience.

Plan your own campaign

For this campaign, it was important for Women'sNet to consider the perspective of their audience and their participants. See our perspective mapping activity.

ARASA: Show us the Money for Health
Here is what happened

Wanting to raise public interest around the funding crisis for health in Sub-Saharan Africa and extend their support base to a young audience who would mobilise around this issue, ARASA turned to creative campaign tactics. Inspired by the correlation between excessive government spending on personal luxuries, like birthday parties and flash cars, and the “bling culture” of hip-hop and rap artists, ARASA created a mock music video, “Lords of the Bling”. The video was streamed on the internet, yet many of the local people did not have access to internet, so along with campaign information and props, they brought the film to the community through a local cinema.

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The Tactic at work

This tactic is useful when you are able to collaborate with others to identify, share and act on evidence that is being concealed from the public or ignored by those who need to act.

Plan your own campaign

 ARASA mobilised their different audiences from students in the cities to older people living in rural areas. Try out the exercise in this card to identify your target audiences.  

ZA News: Puppets take on politicians
Here is what happened

ZA news is a satirical web-tv show that lampoons South Africa's politicians and current affairs. First aired in 2009, its format is a news show made to look and sound like the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC). After commissioning the pilot, the SABC refused to air it. It is now shown online reaching 10% of the South African population who have access to internet. ZA News has used its ban from television to highlight the importance of freedom of expression and people's right to consume any media they choose.  

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The Tactic at work

Remixing popular culture to question institutional power.

Plan your own campaign

 Adding a splash of humour to serious subjects can make issues appeal to a wider, and often younger, audience. 

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Karaoke Videos for Human Rights
Here is what happened

Sex workers responded to laws that discriminated against them by producing satirical karaoke videos using prominent political figures as characters. By screening these videos at bars, clubs, and parties, sex workers educated each other in their own workplaces. The videos were also shown at advocacy meetings and conferences to expose policy-makers to sex worker communities and issues.

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The Tactic at work

This tactic is good for reaching out to diverse audiences and for encouraging people to spread your message.

Plan your own campaign

This group needed to think clearly about how to influence their audience in a short video! An activity on seeing from the perspective of your audience would help you do the same.

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Visualising the Crisis in Darfur
Here is what happened

A team of advocates and technologists from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum collaborated on a complex 3D map to display the damage to over 3,000 villages in Darfur. The map shows the location of 2.5 million internally displaced persons and refugees and provides open access to numerous photos, videos, and testimonies from the Darfur crisis.

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The Tactic at work

This tactic is good to use when you need to present and share complex or hard-to-access information with the people who need it.

Plan your own campaign

Sometimes the data you need to represent an issue is already available, othertimes you may need to make an official request for it.

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Facebook Organised Kiss-In Protest
Here is what happened

 A group of Spanish activists who organised a kissing ‘flashmob’ through Facebook to coincide with the Pope's visit to Barcelona received worldwide press coverage.  The demonstration was in response to the Pope’s disapproval of Spain’s tolerance towards gay marriage, divorce and abortion.  The group’s Facebook page read "No placards, no flags, no shouting and no slogans. Only kissing allowed."  Although the turnout was relatively small, the originality of the idea attracted news coverage acoss five continents.

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The Tactic at work

This tactic is good to use when you want to support people to come together, online and in person, around a cause.

Plan your own campaign

 A flashmob is a creative, fun and low-resource way to mobilise a critical mass of people. But you'll need to make it appeal to your supporters. It's a good idea to start by looking at other actions that inspire you. Included in this card is a suggested activity to do this with your colleagues.  

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Mapping Farm Subsidy Payments
Here is what happened

After FarmSubsidy.org began compiling information on farm subsidy funds from Swedish government sources, it had so much data it was difficult to make sense of it. To understand this data and present it in a powerful way, it plotted farm subsidy payments on a Google Map so that people could zoom in to see what money went where to carry out their own investigations and draw their own conclusions.

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The Tactic at work

This tactic is good to use when you need to present and share complex or hard-to-access information with the people who need it.

Plan your own campaign

Learn some tips on how to access public data from government in our campaign basics card, Access Information.

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Top Goon: Puppets take on politicians
Here is what happened

Top Goon: Diaries of a Little Dictator is a 13-episode series, broadcast on Youtube, that was created by an anonymous group of actors from within Syria who go by the name of Masasit Mati. With a simple set and finger puppet characters they impersonate Assad, along with generic figures such as “the peaceful protester” and “Shabih”, a member of the state-sponsored militia. Masasit Mati has taken the risk not only of speaking out against the regime but also of blatantly mocking it. In one episode, Assad is portrayed as a contestant in a game of “Who wants to Kill a Million”, where he is up against Hosni Mubarak and Moammar Gadhafi. 

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The Tactic at work

Remixing popular culture to question institutional power.

Plan your own campaign

While humour is an effective way for activists to undermine institutional power, as well as a means of catharsis for citizens, the risks are enormous in such a turbulent political situation. The internet offers a certain level of anonymity, but it is by no means safe from surveillance. Vigilance with regard to digital security and privacy is crucial. 

Visualizing Bashar and Asma al-Assad's Leaked Emails
Here is what happened

In early 2012, the Guardian obtained a cache of 3,000 emails that showed the private correspondence of Syria's president Bashar al-Assad and his wife Asma, shedding light on their preoccupations during the Syrian army's siege of Homs and the suppression of the uprising. To provide a clearer understanding of the Assad Family's large email network, the Daily Telegraph used Gephi, an open source tool for network graphs, to visualize the data from the leaked emails. The resulting "social network map" shows the 250 names and email addresses mentioned in the emails and the frequency of their contact with the couple. For example, in the emails, Asma al-Assad appears to spend a lot of time shopping online or arranging for luxury goods to be shipped and delivered from the United Kingdom while the bloody crackdown continues. The map reflects her behavior as a large number of her emails comes from shopping companies.

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The Tactic at work

This tactic is good to use when you need to present and share complex or hard-to-access information with the people who need it.

Plan your own campaign

Dealing with a large amount of text information as a resource for your campaign requires some thinking outside the box. Have a look at the Think Creatively card to help you develop compelling messages for your campaign.

Revolutionary Cartoons Expose the Regime's Brutality
Here is what happened

In response to the Syrian regime's brutal suppression of the revolution, a group of artists are producing political cartoons and comic strips and publishing them anonymously on a Facebook page called Comic4Syria. More than 30 albums have been posted so far, featuring Arabic and translated cartoons and comic strips of the situation in Syria, addressing everything from President Bashar al-Assad's bloody crackdown to the response of the international community. Some comics even illustrate true stories that transpired during the revolution. One of them, Chase, recounts the murder of graffiti artist Nour Hatem Zahra, also known as the Spray Man of Damascus, by a member of the unofficial pro-regime militia, the Shabiha. The cartoons and messages in Comic4Syria are so gripping that they have become a powerful artistic tool supporting the Syrian revolution.

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The Tactic at work

This tactic is good for communicating creatively across different languages and literacies, and for capturing people's attention.

Plan your own campaign

Although the Internet can be a powerful tool for advocacy, it can still create risks for those who use it. Get tips to maintain your online security and privacy from this campaign basics card.

Spoof Website Challenges Official Versions
Here is what happened

As the Syrian regime continued its brutal suppression of the revolution, while publicly denying such violent actions, anonymous activists launched the Assad Foundation, a spoof website for the Assad family's non-profit organization “that supports the murder of innocent civilians,” according to the website. Using fake ironic pages that put a twist on official messages, the website blatantly mocks and exposes the regime and its supporters. It also includes links to parodic profiles of President Bashar al-Assad, who describes himself in the page as “a vicious war criminal” and “butcher,” and his wife Asma, “the Western-educated, progressive, fashionable, philanthropic, desert rose,” who stands by her man.

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The Tactic at work

Remixing popular culture to question institutional power.

Plan your own campaign

Anonymously creating a spoof website is one way of creatively taking on institutional power without necessarily exposing yourself to danger. For more tips on how to think creatively, use this campaign basics card. 

Postage Stamps Document the Revolution
Here is what happened

To honor people and cities that had a profound effect on the course of the Syrian revolution, anonymous artists created special stamps and published them on Facebook. Stamps of the Syrian Revolution are mock postage “stamps” that feature photos of events ripped from the headlines, or of influential people in the uprising. Sometimes the stamps feature key figures suggested by the fans of the page themselves. With over 400 stamps and counting, the page represents a major visual archive and timeline that documents the revolution as it unfolds, and pays tribute to its supporters.

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The Tactic at work
tacic 4 - amplify personal stories

This tactic is useful when people affected by the issue are not being consulted, and as a way to give an issue depth that resonates with the target audience.

Plan your own campaign

Online activism is not without risks. One way to address them is to be anonymous on the internet. Learn more about digital security in this campaign basics card.

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Putting Torture on the President’s Map
Here is what happened

After the Tunisian government blocked video sharing websites advocates responded by making an interactive Google Earth mashup - plotting human rights videos on a 3D map in the same location as the Presidential Palace. This also allowed people to still see the videos even though direct access to YouTube had been denied. Advocates used a combination of video, animation, and storytelling.

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The Tactic at work

This tactic is good for communicating creatively across different languages and literacies, and for capturing people's attention.

Plan your own campaign

Often to get your message heard, you need to be just a little bit cheeky! Some activities from our campaign basics card “Think Creatively” is a good place to start!

Presidential Plane Spotting
Here is what happened

Tunisian bloggers collaborated on a mapping project that revealed the presidential plane was being used for extensive personal travel. Their campaign began when a blogger, Astrubal, discovered images of the Tunisian president's plane on websites devoted to tracking air traffic. Using this data, Astrubal combined the plane photos with a visualisation created using Google Earth to show which airports the plane had been seen at and when. The video spread on YouTube, which led to the mainstream media investigating further. As a result, the issue of misuse of public property by government officials received much attention, but as another consequence the Tunisian government blocked YouTube and another video sharing site, DailyMotion.

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The Tactic at work

This tactic is useful when you are able to collaborate with others to identify, share and act on evidence that is being concealed from the public or ignored by those who need to act.

Plan your own campaign

As the presidential plane website attracted significant online attention, it was important to track and analyse what was being viewed to better manage the campaign.

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TheyWorkForYou
Here is what happened

TheyWorkForYou is a website that connects citizens with Members of Parliament in the UK. Following a scandal in 2009 when the government sought to have MPs’ expenses claims kept secret, MySociety mobilised voters to send a few thousand individualised emails to MPs demanding transparency in the use of public funds. Soon after this campaign, the UK government agreed to disclose data on MP expenses.

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The Tactic at work

This tactic is good to use when you want to support people to come together, online and in person, around a cause.

Plan your own campaign

This was a very large and successful campaign to access public information, but you might have something smaller in mind. Read about how to file an information request.

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Kleercut
Here is what happened

Kleercut was a campaign implemented by Greenpeace to end the use of virgin wood fibre in Kimberly-Clark products.  CiviCRM software was used to collect contact information from people who visited the Kleercut website and send them email alerts to take further action, such as sending targeted emails to Kimberly-Clark shareholders or to take part in direct action near them.  In August 2009, the Kleercut campaign was successful. Kimberlin-Clark agreed to introduce standards for fibre content in its products.

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The Tactic at work

This tactic is good for understanding your connections and relationships so you can make the most of your networks.

Plan your own campaign

Kleercut appealed to the public and engaged their help by building a large network of supporters through using CiviCRM. See what you can do to build a large support network for your campaign! 

Occupy George: remixed dollar bills
Here is what happened

As the Occupy movement gained ground in 2011, Ivan Cash and Andy Dao invented Occupy George to help communicate the facts about economic inequality in the USA. Inspired by the idea of using banknotes to put messages into circulation, they exploited a loophole in US legislation that permits marking money, as long as it is not entirely defaced. They created simple stamps showing data on wealth distribution and set about stamping dollar bills in California. They invited people to download the template from their website to print the images onto dollar bills at home. 

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The Tactic at work

Remixing popular culture to question institutional power.

Plan your own campaign

 This campaign visualised striking and straightforward statistics in an innovative way. Think creatively about how to catch people's attention. 

Chevron thinks we're stupid
Here is what happened

In 2010 Chevron, the second largest oil company in the world, prepared to release a campaign called "We Agree" which featured messages from people explaining what they think the oil company should do supposedly guiding the company's decision making. Hours before this was due to launch, activists published a press release from a spoof Chevron domain, launching a fake “We Agree” site. The fake site featured four “improved” advertisements. The stunt led by Rain Forest Action Network, Amazon Watch and the Yes Men, simultaneously made Chevron look stupid, while also presenting evidence to counter their 'greenwashing' strategy.

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The Tactic at work

Remixing popular culture to question institutional power.

Plan your own campaign

  The success of the campaign lay in its careful planning and timing. Learn more about campaign strategies.

Balloon Mapping the Gulf Coast oil spill
Here is what happened

In 2010, a community monitoring project in New Orleans led by activist group Louisiana Bucket Brigade got Gulf Coast residents out on boats and beaches to produce high-resolution aerial imagery of the effects of the BP oil spill. Using cameras mounted on helium balloons they took photos and stitched them together to create an aerial map which was then put in the public domain. The lack of information on the spill, combined with BP's dismal transparency and accountability, meant activists needed to produce their own evidence to support their campaign.  

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The Tactic at work

Using data and evidence to monitor corruption and violence.

Plan your own campaign

This campaign relied on mobilising volunteers to sort through images, analyze data, fly balloons and make maps. Learn more about bringing people together around a cause with our 'Create a common vision' exercise.

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Freedom Fone
Here is what happened

To address the growing use of mobile phones in developing countries, Zimbabwean NGO Kubatana created an open source software platform called Freedom Fone to promote the use of interactive voice response (IVR) by community and development oriented organisations. Freedom Fone empowers organisations to generate call-in information-on-demand in any language. It can be used for reaching an offline or illiterate constituency, for conducting simple polls, and much more.

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The Tactic at work
9 - Let people ask the questios

This tactic is good for getting vital information to people when popular information or sources are incomplete or misleading, or when other forms of direct communication are difficult.

Plan your own campaign

If you're using a service like Freedom Fone and promoting the use of mobile phones amongst your constituency, it's a good idea to also provide basic advice on security and privacy risks and best practices.