Why Marginalized Groups Struggle to Leverage Digital Activism Conference Paper uri icon


  • Digital activism, political activism mediated by digital technologies, offers the promise of increased visibility and political power for marginalized groups. Yet, this has not been the case outside of a few exceptions such as Black Lives Matter. This paper offers theoretical, conceptual critical research that explores why successful digital activism may elude marginalized groups. We ask why many marginalized groups have been unable to harness the power of digital activism. We suggest that greater reliance on smartphones for internet access in marginalized groups may be at the heart of the problem.

published proceedings

  • Proceedings of the Twenty-fourth Americas Conference on Information Systems

author list (cited authors)

  • George, J., & Leidner, D. E.

complete list of authors

  • George, Jordana||Leidner, Dorothy E

publication date

  • January 2018