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The Role of New Media and Communication Technologies in Arab Transitions By Manuel Manrique & Barah Mikaïl

The Role of New Media and Communication Technologies in Arab Transitions By Manuel Manrique & Barah Mikaïl | Twit4D | Scoop.it

Information and Communication Technologies were an important catalyst of the Arab spring. They helped to bring down the Mubarak and Ben Ali regimes by mobilising important parts of the population and creating alternative discourses to authoritarian regimes, which found international backing. However, experiences from other parts of the world suggest that their role in sustaining the transition process in the longer run is less certain. ICTs can nonetheless support democratic consolidation by fostering an open public sphere and helping pro-democracy actors to remain engaged.

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Five years since the first tweet: a Twitter revolution in breaking news by Daniel Bennett

Five years since the first tweet: a Twitter revolution in breaking news by Daniel Bennett | Twit4D | Scoop.it
Today, Twitter is celebrating its birthday. Five years after the first tweet was published, its impact on the field of Internet communication and many others beyond has been much debated.
Recent events in Tunisia and Egypt re-ignited the debate over Twitter’s role in the political process and whether the world has seen its first Twitter revolution.
Nearly two years ago, the “Twitter revolution” headline for post-election protests in both Moldova and Iran spread widely. The idea that pro-Western digital revolutionaries could bring down Communist and theocratic governments using a trendy internet tool was an alluring news story readily seized upon by the media.
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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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Reporting War: Exploring the role of Twitter and social media in revolutions | Frontline Club by Daniel Bennett

I'm afraid I haven't been able to follow events in Tunisia and Egypt as closely as I would have liked as I was determined to enjoy an overdue holiday and a break from computer screens. And my mission was largely accomplished.

As part of an attempt to catch up, I've just been reading Jeff Jarvis, Jay Rosen and C.W. Anderson on the renewed argument over "Twitter revolutions". The role of Twitter in revolutions was first debated in 2009 with reference to Moldova and Iran and has been inevitably resurrected in light of the events in Tunisia and Egypt.
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Real revolution, virtual promises by George Damian

Real revolution, virtual promises by George Damian | Twit4D | Scoop.it
Two years after the popular uprising christened the "Twitter Revolution" that drove the communists from power in Moldova, disillusionment has set in, writes a Moldovan journalist.
The events of April 7, 2009 in Chisinau were nicknamed, not quite accurately, the “Twitter Revolution”. How that tag came about, or where exactly it came from, is not really known. Twitter, after all, is a website where replies of only a few words are exchanged, at most.
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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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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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