The recent protests in Hong Kong have become another opportunity for new media, and new technology to cement their roles in the innovative age of activism that we find ourselves in.

The astonishing events of the Arab Spring in 2011 showed the world just how important social media and crowd-sourcing information can be in causes fighting political and social injustices. The latest proving grounds are the streets of Hong Kong.

Already commentators, activists, and citizens have begun analysing how these tactic may be effectively employed in Hong Kong’s bid for democratically free elections. It is the 7th day of protests and already an online hub has been created to gather, curate, and disseminate news and facts about the protests.


The initiative is called Code4HK and provides interactive maps displaying distribution of supplies, local rest stations and a wealth of other information for citizens to navigate, situate, or deploy themselves across the city. The site also provides live feed updates, news updates gathered from around the web, as well as an interactive timeline that actively tracks events as the protests continue to unfold.

You can visit the site here and track progress yourself:


Zack Vye

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