When you search the hashtag #politicalactivism these days you are presented with results related to Russia. Let me explain to you what’s going on…
The Russian government are attempting to introduce a law that will make it illegal to speak publicly about being gay, lesbian, bi, or transgender. I don’t need to tell you how the law is not only homophobic but a violation of free speech.
AllOut.org have the largest online voice of protest. You can sign up to their mailing list and they update you about their progress and protests. Last year they sent around an online petition that you would sign in opposition to the law, and over 170,000 people signed.
I discovered this movement on Twitter. At the start I only used it to follow Stephan Fry (like most people); he was the one who posted the link to the petition. I think this is a great example of digital activism at work; people using their online presence to spread awareness of issues that concern them.