Social Movements on the Internet: The Effect and Use of Cyberactivism in Turkish Armenian Reconciliation

Afife Idil AKIN


This article aims to explore the use of the Internet as a tool for political activism. Even though there are competing arguments about the virtues of online activism, it is important to demonstrate the use of the Internet for addressing political grievances. The Turkish Armenian reconciliation exemplifies one of the important aspects of the discussion on cyberactivism that is its ability to create public spheres. This paper argues that although the Internet is not as free and self-regulated as it is considered by cyber utopians, it still should be considered and explored further as a useful tool for social movements. Key words: Internet; Social Movements; Online political engagement; Censorship and SurveillanceRésumé: Cet article vise à explorer l'utilisation de l'Internet comme l’outil pour l'activisme politique. Quoiqu'il y ait des arguments de concurrence au sujet des vertus de l'activisme en ligne, il est important de démontrer l'utilisation de l'Internet pour adresser des réclamations politiques. La réconciliation arménienne turque exemplifie un des aspects importants de la discussion sur le cyberactivism qui est sa capacité de créer des domaines publics. Ce document argue du fait que bien que l'Internet ne soit pas aussi librement et autogéré qu'il est considéré par des utopistes de cyber, il devrait être considéré et encore exploré plus plus loin comme outil utile pour les mouvements sociaux. Mots clés: Internet; Mouvements sociaux; Engagement politique en ligne; Censure et surveillance

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