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Libya and the Facebook Revolutions
August 23, 2011 at 4:35 pm #139298
I can remember my cautious optimism after joining facebook in my early college years. It had an amatuer design, was only available to certain colleges, and had a funny quote on the bottom from The Wedding Crashers (“I don’t even know what a quail looks like”). I thought to myself, “hey! this is kinda cool!” But never in a million years did I think it would grow into what it is today. With 750 million active users and 100 ways to remind me how my ex-girlfriend broke my heart, it’s become a world-wide utility not only for nostalgia, but for democracy.
They call it the “Facebook Revolutions.”In the past few years, we’ve seen far-away countries topple dictators with the help of facebook. Tunisia, Egypt, and now even Libya. Facebook has accomplished what the rest of the world could not – spread democracy to a country that’s had 40+ years of a dictator (remember when President Reagan targeted Qadhafi?). If you would have told me if this would happen back in 2004 when I joined TheFacebook, I would have asked you what a “tunisia” is. Here we are in 2011 and facebook, along with other social media sites, are changing the world in ways we can only begin to understand.
How do you think social media has impacted democracy around the world? What other countries do you see using social media for change? How do you think history will judge this time period 100 years from now?
August 23, 2011 at 6:03 pm #139306
Scott i’m sorry you had to deal with a break-up over the internet! Social Media is like a new form of language now. More people are probably tweeting, “liking” pages,posting on someone’s wall or changing their relationship status more than talking and saying a simple hello.
Look at the Riots in London… On the day of the shooting, a peaceful protest flared a bit, and then with the use of twitter, facebook, texts, and news reports the criminals and other scandals saw the opportunity to cause a public unrest and some looting. And something small turned out to be a complete disaster.
The guy who tweeted the occurence that lead to the Death of Osama Bin Laden is another example.
Last week I attended a media panel and a quote that is still embedded in my head is “back then the users would search for news, now we have to follow the users for the news”.
Below is a great article by the economist on how social media has created a revolution.
August 23, 2011 at 7:36 pm #139304
haha i was only kidding about my ex-girlfriend! But funny you mention that article in the Economist, I’ve had that particular issue sitting on my desk for weeks waiting to be read!
August 24, 2011 at 3:52 am #139302
I just gave a presentation to the Maryland Association of Counties and cited a couple examples of how Facebook and other social media are being used in new ways to connect citizens with their government and collect public feedback in real time…which, in a sense, democratizes information sharing and decision making.
Beth Noveck (former White House Deputy CTO) has some great quotes in this Huff Po interview as well:
August 24, 2011 at 2:29 pm #139300
William H. Devereaux, IIIParticipant
Former GovSec Keynote Assists UK Officials With Riots
Social Media Monitoring
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Acting on advice from former GovSec Keynote, Bill Bratton, London police are using social network applications to identify, arrest and jail individuals who have incited riots in the UK via Facebook.
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Presented by: Robert Janusaitis, President, InfraGard Houston Members Alliance
November 15, 2011 | 9:45 AM
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