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How the algorithmic medium transforms public opinion, politics and science: open data, open science, open public space, open living labs, open politics, open innovation...
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Rebelbook: A Mix of Technologies Let Dedicated Citizens Change Egypt | MIT Technology Review

Rebelbook: A Mix of Technologies Let Dedicated Citizens Change Egypt | MIT Technology Review | The New Global Open Public Sphere | Scoop.it

It started not with a Facebook group or Twitter hashtag but a paper form. The day before what may have been the largest protest in history (and undoubtedly the biggest in Egypt) Mahmoud Badr, spokesman for Tamarod – ‘Rebel’ in Arabic – announced that they had collected 22,134,465 documented signatures on petition sheets calling for President Morsi’s removal and new presidential elections. Although impossible to verify, the numbers Tamarod mobilized on the streets – one military source estimated 14 million Egyptians protested on June 30th – told their own story.

It was, joked the famous Egyptian political cartoonist Adeel, “a defeat of Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg and a thunderous triumph for Xerox!” In fact, it was much closer to the mix of people simultaneously acting through the street and via modern technology, as I identified in my feature on the Arab Spring (see “Streetbook”).

 


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U.S. embassy learns a hard lesson about Twitter

U.S. embassy learns a hard lesson about Twitter | The New Global Open Public Sphere | Scoop.it
In the age of social media, old and new diplomacy clashed over Bassem Youssef, says Cynthia Schneider.
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In our brave new world, where governments and citizens alike are held up to scrutiny of 24/7 media and social media, and where private-sector television shows can wield more influence than governments, walking the walk as well as talking the talk has never been more important.

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Social media use evolving in Egypt

Social media use evolving in Egypt | The New Global Open Public Sphere | Scoop.it
Social media played an undeniably important role during the Arab Spring revolutions in 2011. But it's now become part of the standard repertoire of political upheaval - also for the establishment.
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