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Fighting against the wall. Social media use by political activists in a Palestinian village

: Wulf, V.


Association for Computing Machinery -ACM-, Special Interest Group on Computer and Human Interaction -SIGCHI-:
CHI 2013. Changing perspectives. The 31st Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. Conference proceedings : 27 April - 2 May 2013, Paris, France
New York: ACM, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-4503-1899-0
Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) <31, 2013, Paris>
Fraunhofer FIT ()

We analyze practices of political activists in a Palestinian village located in the West Bank. Activists organize weekly demonstrations against Israel's settlement policy and the separation wall. Over a period of 28 months, we conducted a field study consisting of eight days 'on the ground' observation and interviewing, and extensive monitoring of Internet communication. We describe the activists' background and their efforts to organize these demonstrations under conditions of military occupation. Over time, we observe the role both digital and material factors play in the organization of protest. Specifically, we analyze how Email and Facebook were appropriated to facilitate interaction 'on the ground'.