V3 has put together the Top 100 Technology Tweeters for those of you new to Twitter or looking for some inspiration on who to follow. Today we're revealing the Top 10 Tech Campaigners on Twitter.
For our latest list, we looked for people or organisations that tweet regularly to keep followers updated of their campaign activity, and who offer interesting insights on current IT issues.
Martha Lane Fox, UK Government Digital Champion and founder of Lastminute.com @marthalanefox
In between telling her followers what she had for tea, or how she dropped her iPhone down the toilet, Martha Lane Fox posts regular updates about the meetings she has with government ministers, members of the House of Lords, and other stakeholders, to get the digitally excluded back online. She sometimes releases statistics on the extent of digital exclusion in the UK, and retweets different ideas for getting more people online.
Intellect UK, the UK technology trade association @intellectUK
Intellect uses Twitter to inform technology companies how they will be affected by new government policy and regulation, and to offer guidance and best practice on issues such as offshoring. Intellect tries to promote growth in the IT sector by retweeting interesting developments made by IT firms.
The Open Rights Group, campaigning organisation aiming to raise awareness of digital rights @openrightsgroup
The Open Rights Group pushes followers to take more care with their private data online, and retweets posts that question the impact of technology developments on individual privacy. The group's Twitter feed brings its followers up to date with the latest campaign news, including its fight for net neutrality and universal access to the internet, and its opposition to electronic voting.
Privacy International, human rights watchdog @privacyint
Privacy International tweets about all issues relating to data privacy, whether it's phone hacking, voicemail hacking, data retention regulation, targeted ad companies, video surveillance, DNA fingerprinting or social networks.
Florian Mueller, lobbyist and founder of the NoSoftwarePatents campaign
Florian keeps followers up to date on software patent news, and shares his views on free and open source software developments.
Women in Technology, a group dedicated to increasing the number of women in IT @womenintech
The feed advertises events aimed at encouraging more women to enter the technology industry, and promotes jobs in IT that may appeal to women. The group also retweets stories on how women can be encouraged to enter the sector, and offers insight into the challenges women face while working in IT roles.
The Institution of Engineering and Technology, a leading professional society @theiet
The IET informs followers of skills issues affecting the IT industry, and uses the feed to push for changes in government policy, and to update followers on the work it is doing to promote the sector.
Lulz Security, hacking group and self-proclaimed security experts
Follow Lulz Security if you want to be made aware of all the latest hacking news, sometimes through a first-hand account. For example, the group used Twitter to brag about its attacks on News International. Lulz Security uses the feed as a mouthpiece for what it clearly believes are moral campaigns, like its call for people to boycott PayPal because it blocked donations to WikiLeaks.
Linux Foundation, the non-profit consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux @linuxfoundation
Follow if you love Linux or open source and want all the latest updates from the community.
Bletchley Park, a museum @bletchleypark
As the historic site of the secret British codebreaking activities during WWII and the birthplace of the modern computer, follow this feed for images, historical anecdotes and news of its appeal against housing developers who threaten the museum's existence.
Coming up tomorrow we've got the Top 10 Tech Celebs, and you can read all the previous entries for the Top 100 Technology Tweeters on the V3 site.
These lists aren't in a particular order, but at the end of the series we'll be revealing the top 10 of the top 10s, so please comment below or email us to let us know who your favourites are, and we can add your votes to the count.
And don't forget to follow the whole V3 team on Twitter with this handy list of all our journalists.
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