Facebook and Twitter key to Arab Spring uprisings: A Report

A report on the use of Social Media to stir mass amounts of people in political movements in Tunisia & Egypt:   Nearly 9 in 10 Egyptians and Tunisians surveyed in March said they were using Facebook to organise protests or spread awareness about them. All but one of the protests called for on Facebook… Read More Facebook and Twitter key to Arab Spring uprisings: A Report

HOW SOCIAL MEDIA ACCELERATED THE UPRISING IN EGYPT

There’s been some backlash in the last few days against the idea that either Tunisia or Egypt were brought on by Twitter or a “Facebook Revolution.” And certainly, it takes a lot more than the 21st century version of a communication system to persuade people to take to the streets and risk harm, imprisonment, or… Read More HOW SOCIAL MEDIA ACCELERATED THE UPRISING IN EGYPT

Doug Saunders has a very interesting Op-Ed in the Globe and Mail discussing social networks in Libya and Egypt in 2004 and 2011 and contrasting the difference.  Excerpt: Certainly, the Libya I visited in 2004 was low on social capital. It was the only Arab country I’ve ever visited where men didn’t gather in large crowds at… Read More

Twitter, Facebook and YouTube’s role in Arab Spring

Democracy has finally come to parts of the mid-East and Northern Africa. What has been the role of social media and the Internet in these uprisings? First the facts and then some discussion of the role of social media: Background: The “Arab Spring” in Tunisia, Egypt and elsewhere in the Mid-East heavily relied on the… Read More Twitter, Facebook and YouTube’s role in Arab Spring