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Dr Cat Morgan (Heriot-Watt University)

Dr Cat Morgan is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Heriot-Watt University who holds a PhD in Political Science and Web Science. Her research focuses on the use of digital technologies for political action and communication, particularly by marginalised, excluded or othered voices.

Early criticisms of clicktivism lamenting the end of real activism have poisoned the well to the extent that the image conjured is one of someone sprawled lazily in an armchair scrolling through their mobile phone, liking and sharing, but not making much difference to politics. However, clicktivism is one of the most prevalent forms of contemporary political participation that is quick, easy and can be incredibly powerful when performed individually or as a collective. It is also a means of lowering the barriers to politics that dominant power structures and processes have put in place to restrict what politics is, and where it can be performed. Political participation has various definitions and contexts of use that concentrate on traditional processes …