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Iran prepared to track dissent on social networks - Washington Times

Iran prepared to track dissent on social networks - Washington Times | Twit4D | Scoop.it
The Iranian government has high-tech equipment that will enable it to trace thousands of activists who have encouraged the recent demonstrations and spread news about them by using Twitter, cell phones and other Web-based social networks.
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Iran's Protests: Why Twitter Is the Medium of the Movement

Iran's Protests: Why Twitter Is the Medium of the Movement | Twit4D | Scoop.it
Easy for the average citizen to use and hard for any central authority
to control, Twitter is practically ideal for a mass protest movement. But its strengths are also its weaknesses
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Moldova's Twitter Revolution By Evgeny Morozov

Moldova's Twitter Revolution By Evgeny Morozov | Twit4D | Scoop.it
Cellphones and text messaging are widely believed to have played a crucial role in fostering the Orange Revolution in Ukraine (or at least, making the protests as widespread and successful as they were); the Berkman Center at Harvard published probably the most comprehensive study of the role that social media played in the Orange Revolution (even though I criticized some of its cyber-utopian assumptions in a recent essay for Boston Review).
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Twitter Not Popular Among Syrian Cyber-Activists : The Damascus Bureau

Twitter Not Popular Among Syrian Cyber-Activists : The Damascus Bureau | Twit4D | Scoop.it
The social networking service Twitter has so far failed to attract large numbers of Syrian Internet users as it did in other Arab countries. In an interview conducted via email, a Syrian blogger and activist said that the Syrian online community has not yet realised Twitter’s potential as a tool that could help them publicise their causes.
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Inside Moldova’s Twitter Revolution by Nathan Hodge

Inside Moldova’s Twitter Revolution by Nathan Hodge | Twit4D | Scoop.it
Aided by social networking tools like Twitter, LiveJournal and Facebook, demonstrators in the former-Soviet republic of Moldova are gearing for another round of protests. Just yesterday, activists seized the president’s office and the country’s parliament — only to have the government take the buildings back. More crowds, however, are converging on the main square. And they are Tweeting, posting, and uploading.
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Twitter ne sauvera pas le monde | Slate

Twitter ne sauvera pas le monde | Slate | Twit4D | Scoop.it
Twitter c'est bien pratique pour partager des liens et communiquer avec ses amis, mais pas terrible pour établir la démocratie et renverser des dictatures.
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Social Networks Spread Defiance Online By Brad Stone & Noam Cohen

Social Networks Spread Defiance Online By Brad Stone & Noam Cohen | Twit4D | Scoop.it
As the embattled government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad appears to be trying to limit Internet access and communications in Iran, new kinds of social media are challenging those traditional levers of state media control and allowing Iranians to find novel ways around the restrictions.
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Clay Shirky: How social media can make history | Video on TED.com

TED Talks While news from Iran streams to the world, Clay Shirky shows how Facebook, Twitter and TXTs help citizens in repressive regimes to report on real news, bypassing censors (however briefly).
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Russia furious with EU over Twitter revolution By Shaun Walker

Russia furious with EU over Twitter revolution By Shaun Walker | Twit4D | Scoop.it
The crisis in Moldova, dubbed the "Twitter Revolution", was last night threatening to turn into another showdown between Russia and the West. Just weeks after Barack Obama's government spoke of "pressing the reset button" with Russia, the conflict risks derailing the fragile diplomatic truce.
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More analysis of Twitter's role in Moldova By Evgeny Morozov

Now that I have had more time to reflect on what actually happened in Moldova and chat to a few more people, here are some temporary conclusions on the role that Twitter played and didn't play.
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Social Web: Twitter, Facebook and Digital Activism by Patrick Meier

The application of new communication tools for digital activism was specifically addressed at the conference on the social web and networked political protests. Andreas Jungherr focused on Twitter while Christina Newmayer and Celine Roff shared their findings on the use of Facebook for digital activism. I hope the presenters will agree to post a summary of their research on DigiActive.
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How Can Nonprofits Use Twitter? Should They Even Bother? by Christian Kreutz

How Can Nonprofits Use Twitter? Should They Even Bother? by Christian Kreutz | Twit4D | Scoop.it
This blog post is a contribution to the Net2ThinkTank from the netsquared community. It is great community of people discussing about non-profits and technology. I can highly recommend their podcasts.
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