Tag Archives: Cairo

Crowdsourcing democracy: was the Arab Spring over-hyped?

Posted on by Safia Bhutta

… Square, Egypt remains troubled and divided: a few weeks ago, 26 Coptic Christians were killed in Cairo during clashes with the police.

Social media helped kick start the revolution. But can technology also help create better, more democratic, Arab states? Tanja Aitamurto, a visiting researcher at Stanford, and Hanna Sistek, a journalist in Delhi, are researching exactly this question. Recently I caught up with them and discussed what they had discovered.

Stanford vs Egypt: compatible …

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Libya, liberation and the crowd

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… foreign journalists on the ground (presumably because the world’s media was still camped out in Cairo). As the fighting spread, citizens turned to web and mobile technology to get their stories heard.

Many Libyans started using Google’s new Speak2Tweet service. Set up during the Egyptian crisis, Speak2Tweet turns voicemail messages into tweets. The service is perfect for Libya, where internet penetration is low but mobiles are almost universal.

Initially, all messages were in Arabic …

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