Friday, November 30, 2007

Example of Internet Use by Opposing 'Online Activists'

A classic example of the use of the Internet by supporters of opposing political ideologies, can be seen between a U.S. based group called Electronic Intifada and an Israeli website called allows supporters to download an agent called 'Megaphone' that provides real-time information to 'online activists'.

The Electronic Intifada website describes itself as:

"The Electronic Intifada (EI) is a not-for-profit, independent publication committed to comprehensive public education on the question of Palestine, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the economic, political, legal, and human dimensions of Israel's 40-year occupation of Palestinian territories."

The Israeli website's organizers describe their website as:

" is a coalition of Jewish and pro-Israeli organizations working together to help the Jewish community voice its opinion in an effective, active manner. It has put on its flag a goal to improve the channels of communications between the different organizations, their members, the state of Israel and the outside world. was first founded by WUJS and is now supported and operated by our partners. It is a non-for-profit organization that is supported by donations. If you wish to donate please contact us here. We appreciate all help offered. Thank you.

Megaphone,’s software, is delivering real time alerts about key articles, videos, blogs, surveys and update messages from the coalition to community members. Members can easily voice their opinions and work together to support Israel on the public opinion front."

These are just two of many such websites but provide good examples of legal and legitimate political use of technology.

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