Tag Archives: Libya

Libya, liberation and the crowd

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… shown how easy it is for a crazy dictator to shut down the internet.

At the time of writing, Libya is still almost totally offline.

It’s clear that oppressive regimes are scared of the web. Considering the online creativity of the young, tech-savvy crowd you can understand why. Deprived of broadband, the opposition has shown that in the age of crowdsourcing, a cell phone can be a megaphone (if you add a burning sense of injustice and a little help from Twitter, Google and CNN). …

Tags: Aljazeera Arab world CNN crowd crowdfunding crowdsourcing crowdsourcing platform distributed work Libya microwork Middle East North Africa Twitter Wadah Khanfar

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Africa Online

Posted on by Otto Chrons

… of connectivity being installed in Rwanda is an example of what will become the norm in Africa – Libya is another heading down the WiMax route – Africa’s Information Superhighway will be more than capable of handling the traffic.

Political Change?

At nation level, the internet brings scope (hope?) for change too. Would a few terse emails to Robert Mugabe from his constituents have altered the course of action that saw the ruinous decline of Zimbabwe’s economy? Probably not. But …

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