Internet and mobile communications technologies played a crucial role in the rise of social movements such as #15M in Spain or #Occupy or Troika, in Portugal, they permitted opening new spaces and modes of social interaction such as: decentralised structures, online and offline participation, multi channelled and multimodal communications.
These new spaces and structures lead to the construction of networks and collective identities that facilitate mass-self communication and unfolding of collective action.
Here we present a survey from D-CENT, focusing on “networked movements” that provide a framework offering a set of concepts, hypotheses, methods and questions that may help to articulate the study and comprehension of collective action and intelligence in network movements.
D-CENT has produced data-analysis and data-visualisation of the appropriation by the network movements of stream channels, blogs, mailing lists and a broad array of other digital platforms and technologies used for political action, which generated huge processes of collective, citizen self- organisation.
It’s aim is to study the social unrest, which in countries with high rates of access to the Internet, has fuelled processes of citizen empowerment, articulated into movements and citizen networks.