The Blog — Social Media
Internationally acclaimed Turkish pianist Fazil Say has been convicted and sentenced to a suspended 10-month jail term for insulting Islamic religious values in comments posted on Twitter.
A new twitter hashtag in Egypt is the latest salvo in the PR battle for your hearts and minds: #tweet_like_an_egg
Join Movements.org and Liberty in North Korea (LINK) for an Ask-Me-Anything on Reddit with a recent North Korean defector on Tuesday, 2/19 at 7pm EST. Get past the bombs and talking heads and get a glimpse of life in the world's most closed-off society through the eyes of someone who has lived it.
For two years, China has denied the famed blogger and artist Ai Weiwei freedom to travel. Now you can help him see the world. Turn your iPhone into an iWeiwei.
Saudi activists and bloggers are launching a Twitter campaign to publicize the issue of the political prisoners in Saudi Arabia. Can a young woman and her fellow bloggers engage the kingdom's growing social media population on an important issue? We'll follow their efforts in the coming week.
As Egyptian opposition protestors marched in unprecedented numbers to the Presidential Palace, social media streams tracked the day's events.
As part of our ongoing series of Cyber Activist profiles, we recently spoke with Mehman Huseynov, a 22-year old photojournalist and blogger from Azerbaijan who has faced significant government repression for his work to promote free expression in the country. Huseynov recently founded the independent news, commentary, and satire website Sancaq ("Pin" in the Azerbaijani language) that brings people together by lampooning current events. A previous interview we conducted with Azerbaijani cyber activist Emin Milli- conducted by live Twitter chat- can be seen here.
The Egyptian state is also excessively using the laws forbidding criticism of Islam. At least five Christians are now imprisoned in Egypt under the accusation of “insulting Islam.” Ayman Youssef Mansour, a 22-year-old blogger, was sentenced in October 2011 to three years because of comments about Islam on his Facebook page. Gamal Abdou Masoud, a 17-year-old kid, was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment last January because he was tagged on Facebook in a picture that criticized Muhammad, the prophet of Islam.
Since 2004, social media has grown to become a determining factor in the reporting of any story we come across. Without it, one wonders what might have happened over the last 16 months in the MENA region, or if the Arab Spring would have occurred at all.
Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Wikipedia, Reddit, Digg – social media is what brings many of us together. And despite the sweeping changes taking place in the Middle East, one thing remains the same: there are not as many women using social media tools as men.