Tunisia: From Revolutions to Institutions

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Reboot investigated how technology is transforming Tunisian society after the revolution. This presentation was delivered at the 2012 World Summit on the Information Society conference in Geneva by Reboot's Principal, Zack Brisson

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  • Tools to provide citizens the happy, healthy, and productive lives they deserve
  • Tools to provide citizens the happy, healthy, and productive lives they deserve
  • Tools to provide citizens the happy, healthy, and productive lives they deserve
  • Tools to provide citizens the happy, healthy, and productive lives they deserve
  • Tools to provide citizens the happy, healthy, and productive lives they deserve
  • Tunisia: From Revolutions to Institutions

    1. 1. http://theReboot.org  Channeling the Power of ICTs to   Foster Improved Civic Participation  WSIS 2012, Geneva, May 16, 2012  Zack Brisson, Principal, Reboot  ©Reboot 2012 (theReboot.org).   Available under Creative Commons (BY‐NC‐SA 3.0).  
    2. 2. My perspective:   DEVELOPED FOR: SPONSORED BY: Find out more:  http://theReboot.org/Tunisia 
    3. 3. WE ARE HERE
    4. 4. WE ARE HERE TO TRY AND  ANSWER 
    5. 5. WE ARE HERE TO TRY AND  ANSWER A BIG QUESTION
    6. 6. HOW ARE ICTs REDEFININGHOW WE GOVERN OURSELVES? Photo by Collin David Anderson
    7. 7. ICTs EXPONENTIALLYEXPAND
    8. 8. ICTs EXPONENTIALLYEXPAND OUR CAPACITY FOR 
    9. 9. ICTs EXPONENTIALLYEXPAND OUR CAPACITY FOR CIVIC PARTICIPATION
    10. 10. HOW DO WEDEFINE THESEO U R   C A P A C I TI E F ?  R   Y SO
    11. 11. SHARE, BROADCAST, & CREATE political intelligence
    12. 12. ORGANIZE, COORDINATE, & DEMONSTRATE political will Photo by European Parliament
    13. 13. COMMUNICATE WITH, ENGAGE, & CHALLENGE political leaders Photo by European Parliament
    14. 14. In Tunisia… 
    15. 15. the capacity for civic participation was neglected Photo by Nasser Nouri
    16. 16. until it burst forth in a revolutionary wave Photo by Nasser Nouri
    17. 17. Now the desire to participate is finding new channels
    18. 18. Meet Ben* 
    19. 19. Meet Ben* *Note: All names/photos have been anonymized
    20. 20. a civic­minded young man 
    21. 21. and a sophisticated hacker 
    22. 22. BEFORE THE REVOLUTION he was  
    23. 23. BEFORE THE REVOLUTION he was  FRUSTRATED 
    24. 24. BEFORE THE REVOLUTION he was  FRUSTRATED  ANGRY 
    25. 25. BEFORE THE REVOLUTION he was  FRUSTRATED  ANGRY  & SUPPRESSED 
    26. 26. so he used his capacity to speak out Photo by Flickr User nigsby Photo by Flickr user Nigsby
    27. 27. which landed him in jail Photo by Nasser Nouri
    28. 28. But all that changed  after the revolution 
    29. 29. The Web helped Ben Xind  new ways to participate 
    30. 30. And now he’s building   a new civil society 
    31. 31. SO WHAT DOES BEN’S STORYTELL US ABOUT GOVERNING in the 21 s t  century? 
    32. 32. To survive and thrive,   governments must… 
    33. 33. To survive and thrive,   governments must…  Recognize and respond to theparticipatory capacity of citizens
    34. 34. To survive and thrive,   governments must…  Recognize and respond to theparticipatory capacity of citizens Respond with new methods ofmeaningfully engaging the public in political decision making
    35. 35. To survive and thrive,   governments must…  Recognize and respond to theparticipatory capacity of citizens Respond with new methods ofmeaningfully engaging the public in political decision making Improve public services to meetthe expectations of public demand
    36. 36. THIS IS THEFUTURE  of GOVERNANCE
    37. 37. BECAUSE HISTORY TELLS USCommunicationCapacity TIME
    38. 38. BECAUSE HISTORY TELLS USCommunicationCapacity TIME
    39. 39. CAPACITY ONLY CONTINUES TO GROWCommunicationCapacity TIME
    40. 40. INSTITUTIONS THAT fail to   ADAPT  TO THIS REALITY
    41. 41. WILL FIGHT A continuous battle  for CONTROL & LEGITIMACY
    42. 42. Rather than treat this change   of affairs as a threat… Photo by Flickr User rais58
    43. 43. EMBRACEchange 
    44. 44. ANDYOU CAN
    45. 45. TURN THIS Photo by Flickr User nigsby Photo by Flickr user Nigsby
    46. 46. into this 
    47. 47. ICTs ARE OURTOOLS  to  PROVIDE…
    48. 48. citizens the HAPPY, HEALTHY,  & PRODUCTIVE LIVES  they deserve
    49. 49. citizens the HAPPY, HEALTHY,  & PRODUCTIVE LIVES  they deserve
    50. 50. citizens the HAPPY, HEALTHY,  & PRODUCTIVE LIVES  they deserve
    51. 51. citizens the HAPPY, HEALTHY,  & PRODUCTIVE LIVES  they deserve
    52. 52. THANK  you Zack Brisson,Principal, Rebootzack@theReboot.org http://theReboot.org/Tunisia©Reboot 2012 (theReboot.org).  Available under Creative Commons (BY‐NC‐SA 3.0).  

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