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Anti-war Campaigners Use Technology to Protest

As bombs blasted Baghdad last week, dozens of cell phones in China buzzed with messages about where to stage an anti-war protest. In Cairo, activists tapped out text messages to summon 5,000 demonstrators to a central square. And in San Francisco, technophiles beamed live footage from protests to anti-war Web sites. Throughout the world, technology is allowing activists to stage spontaneous rallies in reaction to the war. Prohibitively expensive only a few years ago, gadgets ranging from the cell phone to the mini digital video camera have made it easier to organise protests from Brussels to Manila. Instead of relying on posters taped to telephone poles or slapped onto university walls, activists have crafted sophisticated Web sites with maps, weather and traffic updates and news on police crackdowns. Full Story

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