Revolution, Facebook-Style

- Can Social Networking Turn Young Egyptians Into a Force for Democratic Change?

The fact that tens of thousands of disaffected young Egyptians unhappy with their government meet online to debate and plan events is remarkable, given the context of political repression in which it is occurring. Organized groups opposed to Mubarak’s National Democratic Party have long lived under constant surveillance by the government; their leaders are regularly jailed. As a result, most Egyptian opposition groups remain small and are often plagued ... Full Story »

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Kaizar Campwala
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by Kaizar Campwala - Jan. 30, 2009

A wonderfully nuanced piece about the role of Facebook in fomenting and organizing opposition to the Mubarak regime in Egypt. Shapiro does an excellent job of identifying how online tools can empowered a previously disempowered group, and also the limitations of this tool in shaping a political movement with gravity and longevity.

Young people were drawn to the fact that the movement wasn’t part of Egypt’s calcified party politics. (“I am involved in no parties, never,” one teenage boy told ... More »

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Joseph John
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by Joseph John - Jan. 25, 2009

The article shows the power of social networking platforms to mobilize people, even in a repressed civil society. It is an interesting narrative and a must-read article, but I would have liked to hear more about what the senior figures of the Muslim Brotherhood as well as the Egyptian government feel about the trend.

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Mackenzie Banks
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by Mackenzie Banks - Jan. 30, 2009

This includes first hand accounts and facts. It is very reliable.

The Internet gives us the tools to organize for change but frequently we don't take action. It was refreshing to read about a situation where social networking actually translated to real world events. Although it is a good point that the ties to non-virtual groups significantly helped the virtual group have a grounding in reality.

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