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Catalonia has created a new kind of online activism. Everyone should pay attention

A pro-independence group is leveraging social media and peer-to-peer technology to orchestrate massive protests. The catch? No one knows who runs it

wired.co.uk/article/barcelonia

@gemlog
It is only a catch for the Spanish police.

@fitheach @gemlog "Tsunami Democràtic", "requieres geolocation", "not free software". "Newcomers receive 10 invites to avoid police control" as if a cop who joins wouldn't get 10 invites and spoof coordinates.

@Chuculate
Yeah, that's right, but the article also suggests that individual users are limited to knowing what happens within a "cell". Plus, there is also a suggestion that certain "superusers" have oversight of all cells.

Whether any of this is true, I don't know.

@gemlog

@gemlog
Didnt the yellow umbrella protestirs do this too a few years back? It works well

@gemlog things like the app or a Bluetooth-based encrypted chat tool really require a critical mass before they’re useful - which means the group must have been organising at some level for long enough to build that up before mobilising.

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