Online Petitions Are Changing the World

Online Petitions Are Changing the World

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protestor with megaphone -Photo by Xenia, via MorguefileA battle between a class of fourth graders and a major movie studio would seem an unequal fight. But new Internet tools are allowing very ordinary people to defeat powerful corporate and political interests— by threatening the titans with online petitions that sometimes gather hundred of thousands of signatures.

In the case of the fourth-grade class, they used the popular activism website to start a petition that demanded change— and got it.

Many success stories have come out of, including campaigns that won the cancellation of fees from Bank of America and Verizon.

(READ the column by Nicholas Kristof in the NY Times

VIEW more successes at

Thanks to Bill Fithern for sending the link! – Photo by Xenia, via Morguefile