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Title: From the blogosphere into the parliament: The role of digital technologies in organizing social movements
Authors: Braccini, Alessio Maria 
Sæbø, Øystein
Federici, Tommaso
Issue Date: 2019
In this paper, we present a process model exploring the roles played by digital technologies (DTs) in the organization of collective action (CA) of social movements (SMs) at different points in their lifecycles. The process model, which is based on an exploratory case study of the Italian Five Star Movement, relates the environmental conditions to the working logic, structure and use of DTs at three different stages of the SMs. We explain how these choices are adopted at each stage to address internal and environmental challenges and how they create further challenges to be addressed to pass to the next stage. We further explore the dynamics between the logic of con- nective and collective action and reflect on the growing need for structures and control. By so doing, our work addresses the need for a better understanding of the coevolution between DTs and organizational structures and of the ways in which DTs are used to mobilize people to sustain CA along the SM lifecycle. 1.
ISSN: 1471-7727
DOI: 10.1016/j.infoandorg.2019.04.002
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