Social Media And Democracy In Mexico

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This presentation describes the influence that the internet and social media tools had in the opening of political spaces in Mexico and the formation of a competitive democracy.

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Social Media And Democracy In Mexico

  1. 1. How Internet Social Media was Critical to Bringing Democracy to Mexico<br />Jose A. Briones, Ph.D.<br />Twitter: @Brioneja<br />
  2. 2. Introduction<br />Social Media for Social Change<br />Twitter - Iran’s election<br />Mexico: 1994 - 1997<br />
  3. 3. The MexNews Team 1994-97<br />30 Volunteers<br />Social Media for Change in Mexican Society<br />
  4. 4. Mexico in 1994<br />One Party Rule for 65 years<br />Media Censorship<br />
  5. 5. Mexico in 1994<br />NAFTA <br />EZLN Uprising - Chiapas<br />
  6. 6. The Arrival of the NGO’s<br />UseofNew Media to Bypass Information Walls<br />Traditional uprising becomes information-age “netwar”<br />
  7. 7. The Information War<br />Raw information is widely available<br />Control of the “infosphere” is broken<br />
  8. 8. Keeping the Spotlight<br />Mexican Government loses control of information flows<br />Maintain attention of foreign media and investors<br />
  9. 9. Information Flow: 1st Step<br />
  10. 10. Information Flow: 2nd Step<br />
  11. 11. 1994 Turmoil<br />High-profile political murders<br />Mexican Peso Devaluation – Recession<br />“Snowball” effect<br />
  12. 12. 1995: Traditional Media Moves In <br />“Mexican Rebels Using a High-Tech Weapon: Internet Helps Rally Support”<br />
  13. 13. 1995: Recognition<br />Mexico’s Foreign Minister:<br />“Chiapas is a war on the Internet”<br />
  14. 14. The Space is Opened<br />Mexico’s press blackouts are lifted<br />Opposition parties gain stronger foothold<br />
  15. 15. 1995: Rise of the Web<br />Shift from 1st Gen Social Media to the web<br />1st Mexican Newspapers on web<br />
  16. 16. 1996: Progress<br />Emphasis Moves Toward Mexican Democracy<br />Mexico’s Electoral Reform<br />
  17. 17. 1997: Breakthrough<br />Opposition parties win control of Mexican Congress<br />
  18. 18. Mission Accomplished<br />In 1997 after the opposition win, MexNewsdeasesoperations<br />
  19. 19. Retrospective<br />Internet was instrumental in keeping the spotlight.<br />Mexican government restraint opened the space for the press and political parties<br />
  20. 20. Vision<br />Social Media: Individuals Empowered to Generate Social Change<br />
  21. 21. Contact Information <br />Jose A. Briones, Ph.D.<br />Brioneja@SpyroTek.com<br />Twitter: @Brioneja<br />

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