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Do “Liberation Technologies” Change the Balance of Power Between Repressive Regimes and Civil Society? By Patrick Meier

Do “Liberation Technologies” Change the Balance of Power Between Repressive Regimes and Civil Society? By Patrick Meier | Twit4D | Scoop.it

o new information and communication technologies (ICTs) empower repressive regimes at the expense of civil society, or vice versa? For example, does access to the Internet and mobile phones alter the balance of power between repressive regimes and civil society? These questions are especially pertinent today given the role that ICTs played during this year’s uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt and beyond. Indeed, as one Egyptian activist stated, “We use Facebook to schedule our protests, Twitter to coordinate and YouTube to tell the world.” But do these new ICTs—so called “liberation technologies”—really threaten repressive rule? The purpose of this dissertation is to use mixed-methods research to answer these questions.

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Theorizing Ushahidi: An Academic Treatise

Theorizing Ushahidi: An Academic Treatise | Twit4D | Scoop.it

Activists are not only turning to social media to document unfolding events, they are increasingly mapping these events for the world to bear witness. We’ve seen this happen in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Syria, Yemen and beyond. My colleague Alexey Sidorenko describes this new phenomenon as a “mapping reflex.”

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Civil Resistance Tactics Used in Egypt’s Revolution #Jan25 by Patrick Meier

Civil Resistance Tactics Used in Egypt’s Revolution #Jan25 by Patrick Meier | Twit4D | Scoop.it
It’s easy to overlook the importance of civil resistance savviness when talking about the protests that forced the hand of power in Egypt. The media placed Facebook, Twitter and YouTube on center stage as if actors in their own right. What struck me most, however, was how well-trained and disciplined the movement was. I believe this had a pivotal impact on the outcome of the protests. Identifying the specific tactics and strategies used in Egypt is important to balance the focus on technology. It is equally important to explain how the popular resistance acquired those skills so others might do the same.
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BrianLehrer.tv: Crowdsourcing Atrocities in Syria

Non-profit tech company Ushahidi uses crowdsourcing and satellite maps to document government atrocities in Syria. Their director of crisis mapping, Patrick Meier, explains. Then Jillian York of the Electronic Frontier Foundation looks at how hackers in Syria are working for and against the regime.

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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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