World Humanitarian Day 2011: 12 Incredible Internet Activists

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humanitarianThis August 19 is World Humanitarian Day, a celebration of the millions of people worldwide tirelessly working to improve the lives of the underprivileged. These human rights champions bring food to the malnourished, education to the illiterate, and health care to those without access or resources.

To celebrate World Humanitarian Day 2011, we’re taking a look at online activists making a difference through campaigns, crowdsourcing and blogging.

We’ve lined up 12 incredible Internet activists in purely alphabetical order (note: this is not a ranking!). Take a look through our gallery and share your own incredible humanitarians in the comments below.

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1. Chris Hughes

2. Edward Norton, Shauna Robertson, and Robert and Jeffro Wolfe

3. Gary White and Matt Damon

4. Joe Green and Sean Parker

5. Matt Flannery

6. Rachel Beckwith

7. You

Mashable, 92Y and the UN Foundation present the second annual Social Good Summit. The Social Good Summit unites a dynamic community of global leaders to discuss the power of innovative thinking and technology to solve our greatest challenges. The most innovative technologists, influential minds and passionate activists will come together this September with one shared goal: to unlock the potential of new media and technology to make the world a better place.  


Date: Monday, September 19 to Thursday, September 22
Time: 1 to 5 p.m. ET each day
92Y, New York City  


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