How Activists Are Both Born and Made: An Analysis of Users on Change.org

@article{Huang2015HowAA,
  title={How Activists Are Both Born and Made: An Analysis of Users on Change.org},
  author={Shih-Wen Huang and Minhyang Suh and Benjamin Mako Hill and Gary Hsieh},
  journal={Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems},
  year={2015}
}
E-petitioning has become one of the most important and popular forms of online activism. Although e-petition success is driven by user behavior, users have received relatively little study by HCI and social computing researchers. Drawing from theoretical and empirical work in analogous social computing systems, we identify two potentially competing theories about the trajectories of users in e-petition platforms: (1) "power" users in social computing systems are born, not made; and (2) users… 

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