|One of the most
democratizing aspects of the Internet is how quickly it can be used to organize citizens
globally against multinational corporations and some of the unseemly things they do.
Many people are familiar with the use of the Internet to help derail the MAI treaty a few years ago. Also, the net was the primary method of organization in the Seattle, Davos and Quebec demonstrations against the IMF and other global organizational meetings.
One of the latest, and most unique ways of using the Internet to combat global corporate malfunctions concerns the oil industry and its relationship to President George W. Bush and protecting the environment.
After the Bush administration pulled the plug on the Kyoto Accords, many citizens around the
shocked and dismayed. But what could be done about it? According to Thomas
Friedman in the New York Times in May 2001, here's what IS being done.
In England, a group of celebrities and environmentalists have begun a global boycott of Exxon/Esso called "Stop Esso"--particularly because it has been a major contributor to the campaign of Pres. Bush II. It is a way to "use the free market to stop the polluters," says one of the organizers.
Combining the global free market with global internet organizing is, in Friedman's view, the best way to combat global corporations. Sensing this, "Shell and BP-Amoco...both withdrew from the oil industry lobby that has been dismissing climate change."