Rethinking Mobile Media Tactics in Protests: A Comparative Case Study of Hong Kong and Malawi

Part of the Mobile Communication in Asia: Local Insights, Global Implications book series (MCALIGI)


This chapter examines two case studies–the Umbrella Revolution in Hong Kong, and the July 20th protest in Malawi—to explore whether and how political activism through smartphone dissent networks enhances civic engagement. By probing the vitality, potentiality and ability of new communication and technological changes driving online civil action across the African continent, we explore what lessons countries can take from digitally-negotiated civil disobedience protests. The chapter will also discuss and theorize mobile media activism within social and geo-political realms, analyzing specific cases from Asia about the extent to which they have implications for understanding the changing dynamics of mobile media activism in sub-Saharan Africa. This chapter enriches and adds new dimensions to the current debates on the role of mobile media in political activism in a comparative light.


Civic journalism Political activism Smartphone civic engagement The Umbrella movement 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bruce Mutsvairo
    • 1
  • Suzanne Temwa Gondwe Harris
    • 2
  1. 1.Northumbria UniversityNewcastle upon TyneUK
  2. 2.Baptist University of Hong KongHong KongChina

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