Social movement theories offer useful conceptual and analytical tools to the study and research of global media reform movements. This article is a critical analysis of the Communication Rights in the Information Society (CRIS) campaign. It explores its successes and blind-spots in the light of social movement theory, in particular resource mobilization theory (RMT), and offers practical directions for the movement to move on from where it is to where it ought to be. The author concludes that even as the achievements of CRIS need to be celebrated, its coming of age warrants a critical assessment of the campaign's successes and limitations. CRIS has always been less of a campaign and more of a movement. CRIS offers a number of entry points for research-at the level of its structure, organizational dynamics, the production of content, decision-making processes, global-local dynamics, its level of participation, networking, strategy, and sustainability. CRIS remains the most visible, global expression of the communication rights movement.
International Communication Gazette, August 2006 vol. 68 no. 4 291-312