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Libya, liberation and the crowd

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… be a megaphone (if you add a burning sense of injustice and a little help from Twitter, Google and CNN).

Alive and tweeting

In the early days of the Libyan revolt there were no 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 …

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Riot in a crowded street

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

Over the past year or so, Crowdsourcing has proved to be great in a crisis. As Ushahidi have shown in Haiti and Pakistan, with a decent software platform, you can channel the crowd into an efficient and powerful force for good.

But, as Yoda might put it: “power of the crowd, dark side it has”. If it’s possible to organize the crowd into fixing a crisis, what’s to …