Bengaluru leads in online activism
Be it the demand for ban on the documentary on Nirbhaya or safety measures for children in CBSE schools or common taxation for vehicles in the country , the battles started in Bengaluru. Netizens from the Startup City have launched 5,500 petitions on Change.org since 2012.
According to an assessment by Change.org, the world’s largest technology platform for social change, Bengaluru is leading Indian cities in civic activism for two years now. The city saw the highest number of petitions started and mobilized in 2014 and 2015.Interestingly, it launched the most number of petitions for child safety in the country.
Change.org enables people to start and support petitions on issues that concern them. When the platform was launched in India in 2011, Delhi had the most number of users. Bengaluru has surged ahead in the past two years.
In 2015, Bengaluru had 14% of Change.org users in India, Delhi had 11%, Mumbai 10% and Chennai 3.7% . During this period, the number of petitions started by Bengalureans went up 42.5%, Delhi saw an increase of 4%, Mumbai 13.6% and Chennai 30% .