This discussion thread focuses primarily on the use of non-traditional, emerging, or unique social networking tools. The example provided in the conversation description references the use of FireChat during the Umbrella Revolution in Hong Kong. The app, originally built for use at music festivals, operates through the use of "mesh networking" allowing users to converse within one another without access to a traditional data network or wi-fi. This allowed users to organize and discuss with those near them, without fear of government monitoring. This is but one example of a new networking tool being used in a unique way.
Below are a few questions to frame the discussion and provide a starting point for discussion.
- How do organizations or individuals use social networking as a method for organizing?
- How do you identify new social networking tools to match needs?
- What are the new and emerging social networking tools that are or could be used in advocacy?
- What is needed or missing? What social networking tools need to be developed to assist activists, advocates, and defenders?