The online ripples of the Tibetan uprising are beginning to sound like something out of a cyberpunk novel. Last week, I talked about the use of camera phones to report police brutality against the protestors. Now a series of custom viruses have been emailed to Students for a Free Tibet.
The viruses appeared to be normal programs, word documents and powerpoint presentations. It is unclear what malicious code they then contained, but it's thought they took private information from the target's computers and sent this to the viruses' author.
The flash mob at heathrow airport was organised entirely on the internet. But the really cool thing was that flash mobbers turned mobloggers, and sent photos of the protest from their camera phones to the Greenpeace moblogging site.
Have you thought about using flash mobs to raise the profile of your campaign? Why not set up a moblogging site of your own to let people cover the event?
Mobile phones equipped with cameras are an amazing tool for spotlighting scenes normally hidden from public view. During the recent protest against Chinese occupation of Tibet, people with mobiles were quick to take photographs and even video footage of the demonstrations and get it out to a global audience. Their images revealed violent repression of the demonstrations by Chinese authorities.
The campaign against expansion of Heathrow airport continues. I'll be going along to the opening day of Terminal 5, the biggest airport terminal ever built in the UK, to take part in a flash mob.
Flash mobs are great fun. I'll describe the last one I went to: Picture a town square full of people standing around chatting or doing some shopping.