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‘Clicktivism’: Activists find internet a powerful tool to change society

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Jakarta   /   Tue, July 2, 2019   /  07:39 am
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While many believe it could bring about change for the greater good, some are skeptical about the direction in which the internet will take social activism.(Shutterstock/Billion Photos)

Raising awareness about important issues has never been easier, with activists now finding the internet to be a powerful tool to change society. Change.org, a website solely made to create petitions, is a prime example. More than 83,000 people signed an online petition in 2018 to force Ancol Dreamland Park to abort the importing of whale sharks from their habitat. Environmentalists and animal lovers launched the public campaign with great enthusiasm. As whale sharks are considered to be on the brink of extinction, the public were quick to condemn the importing of the animal, and immediately signed the petition. Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti also got involved by retweeting the cause on Twitter and helped spread awareness even wider. Social activism has been a trend in the digital era due to its easy access through social media. People anywhere, anyti...