Analysis: Social media empowers anti-mining activists

Man uses tablet computer while standing in front of video screen with Facebook and Twitter logos in this picture illustration taken in SarajevoBy Allison Martell and Ioana Patran TORONTO/BUCHAREST (Reuters) – Facebook and other social networks are making it easier for anti-mining activists to derail projects, helping them get their message out and organize more quickly against an industry that is already struggling with high costs and volatile prices. From Romania to Peru to Canada, protest movements have disrupted projects in recent years, in part because activists have harnessed the power of social media and mobile technology, parties on both sides of the disputes say. What has changed is activists' ability to mobilize, a trend that echoes political upheavals that social media have helped fuel across the Middle East and North Africa.

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