In the News: Occupy Protests

Starting in New York City on September 17, 2011 as “Occupy Wall Street” this movement spread throughout the world on October 15, 2011. Inspired by the Arab Spring movement, Occupy protests are denouncing economic inequality and corporate influence in political affairs. Learn about its ongoing global spread.

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NEW!  Occupy Wall Street

http://occupywallst.org/

OccupyWallSt.org is a planning group formed as an information sharing resource for the ongoing protests happening on Wall Street. It is a group committed to doing technical support work for resistance movements.

NEW!  Occupy Protests Spread Around the World

http://www.cnn.com/2011/10/15/world/occupy-goes-global/

CNN describes the Occupy protests on October 15, 2011, the global call for A Day of Action, as a backlash against the economy and corporate, financial, and political elite.

NEW!  Social Media gives Wall Street Protests a Global Reach

http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/10/15/social-media-gives-wall-street-protests-a-global-reach/

This resource describes the role of social media in Occupy protests’ global spread.

NEW!  Take the Square

http://takethesquare.net/

On May 15, 2011 Spain started a similar movement denouncing political and economical instability by creating camps in the streets and squares of their cities. Take the Square provides information about its own protests in Spain that turned into a call for global change, as well as its support for the October 15, 2011 events in Occupy protests.

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In the News: Social Media as a Force in Social Movements

The recent uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East have been fueled by news and other communications relayed through the Internet in general and new social media such as Facebook and Twitter in particular.  Iran has restricted access to Facebook and Libya reportedly cut off Internet access intermittently (perhaps following a precedent set in Egypt), which was seen as a means of eliminating communication between protesters and the outside world.

Some critics have said that the role of social media has been overplayed and that the movements arose from longer-term social forces.  Yet one cannot deny that social media have played a major role in the events now shaking Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Syria, Bahrain, Iran, Yemen, and Libya.  Read more about these events below.

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NEW! How Cyber-Pragmatism Brought Down Mubarak

http://www.thenation.com/article/158498/how-cyber-pragmatism-brought-down-mubarak

This article in The Nation describes how “cyber-pragmatism,” or dissemination of historical examples of nonviolent social activists such as Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King and organization of protests, through social media influenced the revolt in Egypt.

NEW! Facebook Officials Keep Quiet on Its Role in Revolts

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/15/business/media/15facebook.html?ref=middleeast

Despite the major role played by social networks, particularly Facebook, in the revolts rocking North Africa and the Middle East, Facebook officials are trying to stay silent on the matter.  This article details Facebook’s desire to remain neutral so as not to alienate countries where it has just gained a foothold, and its determination to continue its policy of requiring users to sign up with their real names—a policy that has been criticized for possibly putting dissenters at risk—though it has assisted Tunisian protesters in their efforts to block government attempts to access their passwords.  The article also describes how other social media, such as Twitter and YouTube, have been more vocal in their support for the movements and even have taken initiatives to assist protesters.

NEW! The Twitter Revolution Debate Is Dead

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2011/02/the-twitter-revolution-debate-is-dead/71185/

This article from The Atlantic discusses how the argument that social media singlehandedly cause social movements that lead to revolution is passé and notes that authoritarian governments also can use technology to further their own goals, but points out that perhaps the most exciting development is that political pundits are now discussing the structure of revolutions and the role of technology in furthering them or subduing them.

NEW! All Eyes Turn To Internet In Libya, Bahrain

http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/114678/20110221/libya-bahrain-could-try-internet-kill-switch.htm

As part of efforts to stem growing protests, Libya apparently cut off access to the Internet at the end of last week.  Internet access was restored, but was intermittent over the weekend.  This article points out that the outages could have been caused by power failures and the relatively small number of Internet service providers in the country, but also describes how many believe that Internet access was deliberately shut down.

Thank you for checking in.  The teams at the ipl2 hope you find this information useful for learning more about social media as a force in social movements.

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In the News: Protests in Egypt

Welcome to this week’s ipl2 Weekly Blog post.

This week’s post will highlight resources about the current protests in Egypt.

On January 25th, 2011, protests began in Egypt calling for the removal of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak from office. The past few days have seen a violent backlash from pro-Mubarak supporters, with several western journalists being violently assaulted and accused of instigating rebellion against the regime.

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Resources about the protests:

NEW! Al Jazeera News – Spotlight on “Anger in Egypt”
http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/spotlight/anger-in-egypt/
The English language version of the website for Arab news channel Al Jazeera. Includes videos and print articles about the protests.

NEW! BBC News – Egypt Unrest
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12315833
The latest BBC coverage of the events in Egypt. Features print articles, videos, and interactive maps.

NEW! Egypt News—The Protests
http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/international/countriesandterritories/egypt/index.html
The New York Times aggregate page including all of their coverage on the situation in Egypt. Includes interactive maps, timelines, slideshow, print articles, and video coverage.

Resources with general information about Egypt:

BBC Country Profile (Find it on ipl2: Resources by Subject – Country Studies)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/country_profiles/737642.stm
An overview of the country as presented by the BBC (British Broadcasting Company). Includes country facts, leadership information, and links to Egyptian media websites.

Egypt (find it on ipl2: Resources by Subject – Country Studies)
http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/indiv/africa/cuvl/Egypt.html
Maintained by the Columbia University Libraries, this is an aggregate of links about Egypt’s economy, education, history, foreign policy, politics, and online news.

NEW! The World Factbook – Egypt
https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/eg.html
Statistical information about the country’s geography, demographics, government, economy, transportation, and military. Includes maps and photographs of the country.

For more information about past and present Egypt, visit the ipl2 and search for “Egypt.”

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