Social Networking and Protest Movements By Leonardo Dinic CMPT 109
Social Networking Sites Used by Protesters• Facebook• Twitter• YouTube• Google+
What movements utilized social networking?• The “Arab Spring”• Anonymous• The Occupy Movement
The “Arab Spring”• Began in Tunisia in December 2010 to protest oppressive regimes.• Spread to Egypt, Algeria, Jordan, Egypt, Yemen, and more recently Libya, Syria, and Iran.• Social networking was used to raise awareness, recruit, mobilize, and organize demonstrators.
The “Burning Man” of Tunisia• An image of a Tunisian man setting himself on fire as a protest against the Ben Ali regime was circulated around the internet and sparked the Tunisian uprising.
“Anonymous”• An online hacker organization responsible for fighting censorship and supporting anti- governmental uprisings.• Has shut down multiple government websites.• Informs internet users primarily through YouTube videos.
The “Occupy Movement”• Makes use of social networking to organize and inform internet users.• Important because of the lack of media coverage.• Was able to organize thousands of people in New York City by utilizing Facebook and twitter.
Future of social networking?• Will the internet become the main tool for organizing movements?• Will organizations like “Anonymous” surpass the influence of governments?• How will global social networking influence the Arab world?