"Ethan Zuckerman, director of the Center for Civic Media at MIT, looks at the "cute cat" theory of internet activism, and how it helps explain the Arab Spring. He discusses how activists around the world are turning to social media tools which are extremely powerful, easy to use and difficult for governments to censor."
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A lot of journalists are going to conferences and being told to use Storify, a site that lets you curate loads of social media on a given topic and present them in a narrative or timeline: you can, for example, pull tweets and YouTube videos, urls...
"Aleks Krotoski - an academic, journalist, social psychology enthusiast, and Research Associate at the Oxford Internet Institute (http://www.oii.ox.ac.uk) - muses on the challenges of distinguishing fact from fiction during social media data analysis, citing the London riots as a prime example."
A year ago, the people of Tunisia and Egypt rose up against their autocratic rulers and forced them from power. Those revolutions spread across the Arab World, leading to the region's biggest upheaval in decades.
Cellphones and the Internet have democratized free speech more than town hall meetings and the printing press. But they also provide governments with easier ways to monitor--and switch off--communication.