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Central Asia: An Exception to the “Cute Cats” Theory of Internet Revolution by Sarah Kendzior

Zuckerman’s theory is a refreshing alternative to the common caricature of internet users in authoritarian states as revolutionaries in waiting. But it suffers from a fallacy that plagues much of internet scholarship: studies of the effectiveness of the internet in fomenting revolution are usually limited to where the internet was effective, because those successes, by definition, are the ones we know. The “failures” – the many countries where the circulation of evidence of state crimes through social media prompts no change in state practices, and in some cases, dissuades citizens from joining activist causes – tend to go unmentioned. They are, I suspect, more the norm than the exception, and they have proven the rule in former Soviet authoritarian states.
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Ethan Zuckerman, Chair of Global Voices on the impact of social media on Africa

Global Voices is a network of bloggers and has amongst it membership a number who were involved in the Arab Spring. In this video, Ethan Zuckerman talks about: why he and colleague set up Global Voices; the speed of coverage of the Arab Spring, particularly Tunisia; the strength and influence of Sub-Saharan African bloggers; the student protests in Gabon; and the ways in which rulers are now aware of the power of social media.

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Arab Democracy & Social Media by Ethan Zuckerman

Ethan Zuckerman uses data to shine a light on the affronts of censorship. A passionate advocate for free speech in the developing world, Zuckerman is director of the Center for Civic Media at MIT. Current projects include the study of tools for censorship circumvention and the Media Cloud framework for the quantitative study of digital media. Zuckerman is the founder of Geekcorps, a technology volunteer corps, and cofounder of Global Voices Online, an ever-growing network of international citizen-bloggers. Zuckerman will give insight into the interplay of established and social media and their relationship to shifting power structures.

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Ethan Zuckerman talking about Tunisian cyberactivism

Ethan Zuckerman (Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard Law School) talking about Tunisian cyberactivism during the conference "International News an...
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The internet is the best place for dissent to start by Cory Doctorow

The internet is the best place for dissent to start by Cory Doctorow | Twit4D | Scoop.it
It's been a year since I reviewed The Net Delusion, Evgeny Morozov's skeptical take on the internet's role in global justice struggles.

Central to Morozov's critique was the undeniable fact that Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other social media tools are monumentally unsuited to use in hostile revolutionary settings, because while they may get the word out about forthcoming demonstrations and the outrages that provoke them, they also expose their users to retribution from oppressive governments.

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Welcoming (?) Al-Shabaab to Twitter by Ethan Zuckerman

Welcoming (?) Al-Shabaab to Twitter by Ethan Zuckerman | Twit4D | Scoop.it

Somedays it seems that everyone has joined Twitter. And then a new account comes along and raises interesting questions about what the service is for and how it should be used.

Welcome to Twitter, Harakat Al-Shabaab Al Mujahideen Press Office, now tweeting at @HSMPress.

 

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Beth Coleman on “Tweeting the Revolution”by Ethan Zuckerman

Beth Coleman on “Tweeting the Revolution”by Ethan Zuckerman | Twit4D | Scoop.it

Beth Coleman presents some of her recent research on the protests in Tahrir square, and a broader theory of how social networks and activism in the physical world work together today at the Berkman Center. With her is Mike Ananny, her coauthor and researcher in danah boyd’s lab at Microsoft Research. The presentation, “Tweeting the Revolution”, tries to understand how we read large data sets to understand located action. This is a timely topic because we’re seeing a rise in protest activity that’s been missing from the public sphere for a few decades. Coleman wants to know what we can understand about social media and people’s willingness to take an activist stance.

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Morozov vs.(?) Tufekci at the US Naval Academy by Ethan Zuckerman

The conference is organized primarily by the naval midshipmen and it’s one of the best-run academic conferences I’ve attended. I had the great pleasure of delivering the opening keynote for the conference Tuesday morning – I’ll try to post those notes later this week – and these notes reflect my liveblogging from the audience of a very interesting conversation.
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