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International Journal on Grey Literature

ISSN: 1466-6189
This journal ceased publication in 2000

Online from: 2000

Subject Area: Library and Information Studies

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Internet activism: NGOs and the Mine Ban Treaty

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Title:Internet activism: NGOs and the Mine Ban Treaty
Author(s):Kenneth R. Rutherford, (Kenneth R. Rutherford is Assistant Professor at Southwest Missouri State University, USA.)
Citation:Kenneth R. Rutherford, (2000) "Internet activism: NGOs and the Mine Ban Treaty", International Journal on Grey Literature, Vol. 1 Iss: 3, pp.99 - 106
Keywords:Communications technology, Globalization, Internet, Landmines
Article type:Case study
DOI:10.1108/14666180010345528 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:MCB UP Ltd
Abstract:When the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the International Campaign to Ban Landmines international awareness was heightened about the efforts of NGOs worldwide to ban landmines. The international Mine Ban Treaty was signed on March 1, 1999 after serious use of the Internet to communicate how critical this was to global safety. The methods of sharing information between foreign governments and being able to track this critical communication is central to understanding how the treaty gained visibility and how NGOs created coalitions to assure the success of this work. This article talks about global communications and sharing that could not have taken place with speed, worldwide coverage, efficiency and cost-effectiveness, if the Internet had not been born.

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