There is an important connection between the protest movements which have crossed the world in recent years and the use of the new networks. These movements are perceived globally both as representative of the new forms of political organization and as political agents able to fully utilize the Internet’s potential for connection and exchange. In these processes, the social media play a particularly significant role: thanks to their capability for linking and sharing information and claims, they appear to b well suited to establishing a “network society”, a virtual and social space capable of moulding power. Certainly, people’s rallies always start from actual facts; however, these facts are often decoded and made public through this virtual space. The outcomes of the latest protest movements reveal that the Internet and the social media are not sufficiently influential to bring about political changes in the way they hoped; and yet they have the merit of opening up a public space for political discussion and activism, albeit a virtual one. A space in which a new form of global democracy could be experimented with.