The Blog — Sustaining Protest Movements
The revolution in Egypt is unfinished business. While new online tools are used to strengthen civil society, activists are still struggling with the digital divide when it comes to mobilizing masses against the army and the remains of the old administration.
This morning we are following the livestream of Sifting Fact from Fiction: The Role of Social Media in Conflict featuring speakers such as Jillian C. York, Andy Carvin, Clay Shirky, Marc Lynch, and Alec Ross. Follow the conversation via the livestream or on Twitter: #USIPblogs. This event accompanies the release of a paper, "Blogs and Bullets: Social Media in Contentious Politics" which examines the role of social media in political movements.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-14820291 Brazilians Use Social Networks, Masks, and Clown Noses to Protest Corruption
Massive anti-corruption protests have taken place across Brazil this week. Brazilians are wearing clown noses to represent the "circus" that politics in Brasilia have become as well as wearing Guy Falkes masks- a popular symbol of protest.
Video coverage from protests across MENA this week. Do YOU have video you've taken on the ground? Send to us and we'll share.
Nepal is currently facing a political deadlock with no solution of escape. On one side there is a a time frame for declaration of the constitution ending and on the other people are trying to build up pressure for the new constitution through Facebook and other activities. This has certainly made the politics of Nepal very happening and interesting.
An attack on peaceful pro-reform protestors in Cairo after a weeks of relative calm have helped to reinvigorate and coalesce the broad coalition staging a sit-in in the main square. After camping out in Tahrir Square for the last two weeks without significant concessions from the government, pro-reform protestors yesterday decided to try a new approach and marched on the Ministry of Defense.
This morning Telecomix reported that Syria had gotten "a major censorship upgrade. SSL TOR VPNs blocked. Skype & phones tapped. What was safe yesterday is not safe today." It's not totally clear where they have gotten their information from (will update) but it is clear that the international network of hackers and online activists are moving into action. Remember that these are the folks who connected with European ISPs to give Egyptians access to the web via landline dial ups during the 5 days of no internet there, and have been similarly helpful in other loss-of-access situations throughout the Arab Spring.
A teenager was killed during demonstrations in Tunisia this weekend, and a video of 14 year old boy being raped by police is circulating on Facebook. As the country tries to move towards democracy, whoever decided it was a good idea to crack down on protests was clearly not thinking straight.
For the past few months, #reformjo has been bubbling underneath the more prominent "Arab Awakening" related hashtags. It's no #Tahrir, but the conversation on Twitter about Jordan focuses more on the positive - what can we create in order to reform Jordan - than the negative - who do we need to unseat from power next.
Can the same tactic, indeed the exact same video, that worked for Serbs in 2000 apply to Sudan?