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January 17, 2008
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IPPNW looks to emerging web technology to grow international campaigns for disarmament and health.

Through new developments on the internet, organizations and activists are beginning to find it easier to reach beyond typical spheres of influence. These new websites and technologies are, for some, just as confusing as they are exciting, but once started most find navigating this new terrain well worth the investment.

IPPNW is embracing these new tools and encouraging physicians, medical students and concerned citizens across our network to come along and get connected.

As a federation of national medical organizations in 60 countries, representing tens of thousands of doctors, medical students, other health workers, and concerned citizens, this is an exciting trend for IPPNW and its affiliates. Local “on-line” communities are launching everywhere, connecting activists in localized neighborhoods with activists across the globe. Will these new tools catalyze a groundswell of global support for the elimination of nuclear weapons? Who really knows the answer to that, but from Nairobi to Salt Lake City to Dusseldorf, thousands are logging-on to find out. We invite you to join a group, start a group or just investigate things for yourself.

Below is a list of social networking sites on which you can find IPPNW, our affiliates and individual activists.

Facebook (www.facebook.com) 61 Million Users

Facebook is a social utility that connects people with friends and others who work, study and live around them. People use Facebook to keep up with friends, upload an unlimited number of photos, share links and videos, and learn more about the people they meet.

There are currently 10 Facebook communities linked to the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. Please feel free to check any of them out (IPPNW, IPPNW-Sudan, MAPW, Med. Students for Global Awareness, IPPNW-Philippines, ICAN, German Medical Students of IPPNW, Physicians for Social Responsibility Philadelphia, IPPNW-New Zealand, IPPNW-UK).

Myspace (www.myspace.com) Over 100 Million Users

MySpace is an online community that lets you meet your friends’ friends. Create a community on MySpace and you can share photos, journals and interests with your growing network of mutual friends!

There are currently two IPPNW groups located in Myspace. You can view or join ICAN or IPPNW and communicate with other activists and concerned citizens.

Youtube (www.youtube.com) 6.1 Million uploaded videos; 500K registered members

YouTube is the leader in online video, and the premier destination to watch and share original videos worldwide through a Web experience. YouTube allows people to easily upload and share video clips across the Internet through websites, mobile devices, blogs, and email.

Activists from across IPPNW’s federation frequently upload new videos documenting our anti-nuclear activity. We try our best to keep up with the volume and have established an IPPNW Group and an ICAN Group to help organize online video content. Frequent searches on Youtube will almost always yield new multi media projects from around the world.

LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com)

LinkedIn is an online network of more than 17 million experienced professionals from around the world, representing 150 industries. When you join, you create a profile that summarizes your professional accomplishments. Your profile helps you find and be found by former colleagues, clients, and partners. You can add more connections by inviting trusted contacts to join LinkedIn and connect to you.

By joining LinkedIn and becoming a member of the IPPNW Group you can link your professional career and all your lifetime credentials with your activism through IPPNW.


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4 Comments
  1. February 17, 2008 6:46 am

    When IPPNW was young, we felt as one community, working together against nuclear war. Today the affiliate is more important for our members than IPPNW. This may be understandable, but nuclear war and the epidemic of small arms violence are international threats. We must work together against these global problems. We must recreate IPPNW as a unity. To do so we must learn to use several Inernet tools.

    If IPPNW produced a short video lecture once every three months on a subject of great importance for our work, would you look and listen? If the Co-Presidents opened a blog, would you read and comment? Would a chat site be used?

    Please comment on how best to use Internet to strengthen IPPNW and to further our goals. You can respond on this page, or if you prefer to my email We should then discuss these problems at the IPPNW World Congress in Delhi.

  2. Herman Spanjaard permalink
    January 20, 2008 2:17 pm

    I can only echo Andy’s remarks and help IPPNW get much more visibility. The work of all those involved is so vital to this planet and it’s inhabitants. International Physicians and as mentioned: many more concerned citizens will find our information. Together we will work towards a healthy and safe world!

  3. Andrew Kanter permalink
    January 18, 2008 4:57 pm

    I think this is a wonderful opportunity to take advantage of social networking for positive, earth-affirming actions! I would encourage everyone to participate in these sites, but remember not to include private data. Everything is public… and your data is available to others. However, the upside is that we can now communicate easily, share our experiences and education around the issues, and find others who feel similarly. Look not only for IPPNW, but for IPPNW affiliates and related organizations! Recruit and have people support our cause! Thanks to IPPNW for helping set up these groups!

  4. ippnweupdate permalink
    January 18, 2008 3:18 pm

    These sites are not only helping IPPNW connect activists all over the world, but they’re fun and can help raise much needed financial resources too!

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