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NEW YORK — Facebook, MySpace and similar Web sites were created as social networks. Now they are being used to try to change societies. "We are seeing communications technology as a powerful force for social and political change," said Matthew Waxman, an associate Professor at Columbia University who until recently was part of a special State Department think tank that advised Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on emerging issues. Waxman is part of a conference at Columbia University Law School that is bringing together activists from around the globe who have discovered the quickest way to demonstrate for a cause is with a computer. "This is a great way to get similarly minded people all over the world together," said James Glassman, under secretary of state for Public Affairs.