Tunisia has been overthrown. Egypt is tottering. Think there’ll be more to come? Maybe. In the wake of those uprisings, pages have begun popping up on Facebook, calling for protests to begin in Syria on February 4 and 5. “After Friday prayers, February 4 is the first day of anger for the proud Syrian people.… Read More WILL SYRIA’S REVOLUTION BE ORGANIZED… ON FACEBOOK?
Offers a good description on the wave of revolutions since the Arab Spring in 2010 and affected countries: http://primary.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/maps/2011/03/the_arab_powder_keg.html
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
A Google Hangout session with Syrian activists from around the world. Here they describe their challenges and how social media has been utilised to mobilise mass crowds towards a revolution. http://www.smex.org/syrian-internet-revolution/
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
I found a great report on the “Upheavals in Egypt and Tunisia” by Philip N. Howard and Muzammil M. Hussain. It was quite a lengthy read, but offers a great insight and point of view on the role of digital media throughout these uprisings. Definitely worth taking note of for PK presentations. The role of… Read More The Upheavals in Egypt and Tunisia