Wireless protesters move around: Informational and coordinative use of information and communication technologies for protest politics

K. Hazel Kwon, Yoonjae Nam, Derek Lackaff

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This study explored information and communication technology (ICT) uses for protest politics, focusing on the case of a 2008 protest in Korea. Based on a survey of citizen activists (N = 322), it examined informational and coordinative uses of eight different ICTs for protest participation. The results indicated that heavy, moderate, and nonprotesters were differentiated, particularly regarding the use of Web sites of social movement organizations (SMOs), mobile phone, and e-mail. Across all types of protesters, the portal site was the most prominently utilized tool, while online micromedia showed little contribution. The findings call for the reconsideration of the waning role of SMOs in contemporary protest politics, and the differentiation of the public-oriented ICT from the private use of ICT regarding its contribution to expand civil society.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)383-398
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Information Technology and Politics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1 2011
Externally publishedYes



  • Activism
  • ICTs
  • Mobile technology
  • Protest politics
  • Social movements

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration

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