The Blog — Twitter Activism
Despite the ousting of Mubarak, tyranny continues to plague the Egyptian people. On Sunday October 9th, approximately 26 Egyptian Coptic Christian protesters were killed by the Egyptian army. The demonstration took place in Maspero, which is located in downtown Cairo. Demonstrators called for equal rights in Egypt and condemned the recent attack on a church in Aswan. Many protesters were struck down by military vehicles and others were shot by the Egyptian army. Reports vary on the number of those injured, ranging from 150 to 300.The Egyptian regime claims that the protesters provoked the army by firing shots first, citing unknown foreign hands as agents behind the incident. However, most of the protesters and opposition movement members have confirmed that none of the protesters used weapons.Activists used YouTube in order to publish some of the information that
About 2,000 Palestinian prisoners have joined a hunger strike in Israeli prisons at the same time Israel and Hamas have announced that they've reached a prisoner swap deal that would result in the release of Gilad Shalit, an Israeli prisoner in Palestine.
Currently the 3rd Arab Bloggers Meeting is taking place in Tunis. While many influential and important Arab bloggers are in attendance, those coming from Palestine were denied entry visas by the Tunisian Interior Ministry. Bloggers at the conference and their supporters online have launched a campaign to draw attention to the injustice and find out why the visas were denied.
Over the past few months we've been covering the Saudi #women2drive movement and this week we've shared some horrible news about human rights abuses in Saudi Arabia. People are asking us- "How can we help?" We believe getting the word out and making people aware that these human rights abuses are real and serious, is the first step to achieving change. Here's what you can do:
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.
In her article, "Auc Strike: And the flag Mania reaches to the New AUC Campus" @zeinobia provides excellent insight and overview to the events at the American University in Cairo this week where students and workers were on strike.
http://barzey.com/ArabSpring.jpg The Revolutions Were Tweeted: Information Flows During the 2011 Tunisian and Egyptian Revolutions
A recently published article in the International Journal of Communications examines the production and dissemination of news on Twitter during the 2011 Tunisian and Egyptian Revolutions. The authors use these two events to discuss how Twitter plays a key role in amplifying and spreading timely information across the globe.
Students and staff at the American University in Cairo striked today and used FB, Twitter, and YouTube to report and debate on the days events.