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The creator of an online petition site talks about how technology can mobilise social activism and urge people to stand up to injustice

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As a founder of, Ben Rattray knows only too well that social activism and technology are a match made in heaven. 

"We all deal with frustration, with the inability of laws and government to address the most important problems we face, and new technology now allows us to connect and enforce change," he said. now reigns as the world's biggest petition platform with more than 20 million users in 196 countries. It is an open site for anyone to launch a petition on a wide range of social, political and personal issues. The site has acted as a starting point and mobilisation for several monumental changes, from dropping a bank fee in the US to encouraging the South African government to tackle "corrective raping" of lesbians.

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