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In Seattle November of 99 the World Trade Organization a virtually unknown institution to most people was the star attraction in the media for several days However the mobilization of protest demonstrations against international institutions didnt start in Seattle There were demonstrations at the WTO meeting in Geneva in 1998 and at BankFund meetings throughout the 1990s But the overall ferocity of this demonstration at Seattle was unprecedented and perhaps a new trend has been established Even if that were so it would be wrong for us to judge the anti-globalization movement by its representation from the media The invisible impact of the NGOs on the international policy processes and institutions may turn out to be more important over the long run The main objectives of the mobilization networks are to heighten public awareness of the target international institutions role in globalization and by doing so to change its agenda and mode of operation or in the case of the more extreme members of the coalition to shut it down While these networks are loosely knit coalitions of very unrelated groups an analysis of the networks at Seattle show that a significant proportion are environmental human and gender rights NGOs However one must be wary of the view that these loose and diverse coalitions represent a new form of globalized participatory democracy on the Internet That may be partly the case but the most significant development facilitated by the Internet and vividly demonstrated in Seattle has been the emergence of a new service industry the business of dissent Coordinating and organizing the demonstrations is only one function of Dissentcom since the networks are so diverse both in mission and location the message must carry a simple common theme anti globalization pro-democracy The charge is that the WTO are dominated by the interests of multi-national corporations while harming the environment and increasing inequality and that their rules and procedures are undemocratic Since the main
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