• Marizel M. Go University of the Philippines Visayas
Keywords: Social Media, Reform, ICT, Inequality, Protest


The world is becoming increasingly connected through the power of the Internet. The creation of websites was an innovative advancement in technology that has afforded information and communication technologies (ICTs) special recognition as a means to improve people’s lives. Such technology has brought to life what are known as social networking services. These services, better known as social media, are increasingly attracting the attention of both the public and academic researchers intrigued by their utilization and reach. On 26 August 2013, the Filipino people made history by using social media to organize the “Million People March”, a protest calling for the abolition of the pork barrel government system and for the prosecution of those that abused it. The “Occupy Wall Street” movement of 2011, known for non-violent protest of the growing income disparity and economic inequality attributed to Wall Street’s corporate executives, was organized on social media and carried out in New York City. In the same year, the democratic uprising known as the “Arab Spring” highlighted the effective use of social media to organize, communicate, and raise awareness of State attempts at repression and Internet censorship. An increasing number of studies are examining these phenomena, however comparative studies of the results of these events remains limited. In an attempt to fill this gap, this study focuses on the success and the outcomes of these movements that made use of social media. This paper will shed light on the role of social media in advocating for governmental reforms.


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Author Biography

Marizel M. Go, University of the Philippines Visayas

Marizel Go is an Assistant Professor in University of the Philippines Visayas. Her research interest includes: public administration and governance, citizen participation, information and communication technology, rights based approach, fiscal systems and political transformations.


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How to Cite
Go, M. M. (2019). IS SOCIAL MEDIA A REFORM ADVOCATE?: AN ANALYSIS USING THE RIGHTS-BASED APPROACH. Social Science Asia, 5(4), 59-69. Retrieved from
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