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[liberationtech] book out: Social Movements and Their Technologies

stefi stefi at
Mon Nov 11 00:38:42 PST 2013

Dear Liberationtech list 

**Apologies for cross-posting**

I am happy to announce the release of my book Social Movements and Their Technologies. Wiring Social Change (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). 

The book might be of interest to those of you working on internet activism and dissent networking, social movement communication, communication for development. It is based on an unprecedented body of qualitative data built over the years by interviewing radical techies and hacktivists typically very difficult to reach. It offers also a historical grounding to the current efforts by activists around the world to organize autonomously in the field of communication infrastructure. 

Social Movements and Their Technologies. Wiring Social Change explores the interplay between social movements and their "liberated technologies". It analyzes the rise of low-power radio stations and radical internet projects ("emancipatory communication practices") as a political subject, focusing on the sociological and cultural processes at play. It provides an overview of the relationship between social movements and technology and investigates what is behind the communication infrastructure that made possible the main protest events of the past 15 years. In doing so, Stefania Milan illustrates how contemporary social movements organize in order to create autonomous alternatives to communication systems and network and how they contribute to change the way people communicate in daily life, as well as try to change communication policy from the grassroots. 

You can find out more on (including the table of contents and the proofs of chapter 1). 
If you buy by the end of January, there is a discount of 20% in you are based in the United States, and 50% for everyone else (for books bought by individuals and only through You can find flyers and discount codes on  

Hope you like it!

Stefania Milan, PhD 
Data J Lab / Citizen Lab @annliffey
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