Revolutions spread following a sort of invisible tuning. History has been shaped by hundreds of these sort of connected events.
History is the time of living people. History is our time. We commonly breathe it and sense it. But lately the revolution tempest came into an innovative form of cloud…or net. The Net of million of people connected by internet and its social links.
a NEW POWERFUL and COLORFUL NET.
A NET OF NETIZENS
Social media carried a cascade of messages about freedom and democracy across North Africa and the Middle East,
and helped raise expectations for the success of political uprising. People who shared interest in democracy built extensive social networks and organized political action.
In Egypt the number of tweets that mentioned revolution exploded from 2,300 per day to more than 230,000 per day. The number of videos, Facebook updates and blog posts about government opposition also rose dramatically. Because Twitter users can send updates from any mobile phone, it shows the clearest evidence of where individuals engaging in democratic conversations were located during the revolutions, since many people in the region do not have standard Internet access, but most do have a cellphone. Government efforts to cut off access to Internet and cell phone service likely caused an increase in activism.
The level of Internet censorship in the Arab Spring was unprecedented.
The peoples of Egypt, Libya and Syria witnessed full Internet shutdowns as their respective governments attempted to quell protests.
In Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, bloggers and netizens were arrested and some are alleged to have been killed.
The developments since the beginning of the Arab Spring in 2010 have raised the issue of Internet access as a human right and have revealed the type of power certain authoritarian governments retain over the people and the Internet.
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