Online communities

The fourth transformation is the usage of internet platforms and new media for social

change and community benefits. The new media, also called “social media” has been

used extensively by social movements to educate, communicate, lobby, protest,

fundraise, democratise information and increase social awareness.

In sum, online communities enable self-directed learners to:

. pursue hobbies or share similar interests and passions with like-minded people;

. expand their networks and meet new people;

. post queries and learn from experts or peers;

. engage in meaningful and lively conversations; and

. engage in issue-oriented non-partisan social activism.

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