Tweeting the Revolution

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Moustafa Ayad, former Pittsburgh Post-Gazette staff writer and native of Egypt, talks about his work training journalists and activists in Egypt and Iraq to use social media, and also discusses the protests in those countries and throughout the region.

Some examples of how social media are being used:

Iraqi map:

Bahrain CrowdVoice:


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Comments [6]

Michael S. from Brooklyn

This man is clearly a freedom fighter. Where can one learn what he teaches, or better yet, learn to do what he does?

Feb. 17 2011 11:37 AM
Mike from Tribeca

What happens when you have a revolt against a regime that represses the poor, but is backed by the middle class and the rich, i.e., those who can afford the internet and the gadgetry? Do the poor use tin cans and string and pray CNN will notice?

Feb. 17 2011 11:34 AM
bob from huntington

How does the free and open access to the Internet that is so vital to these anti-authoritarian movements reconcile with the growing movement in our own goverment to eliminate net neutrality?

Feb. 17 2011 11:22 AM
Patrick from Hoboken

Should Mustafa wait until after these regimes have fallen before giving away the secrets? Or is this akin to the civil rights movement, where the tactics are obvious but very difficult to counter-act anyway?

Feb. 17 2011 11:21 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

Shia Iran is going to take over the oil fields of the MIddle East, and Americans had better get used to it. That is, get used to paying twice the $3 Americans are paying for gasoline now.

Feb. 17 2011 11:05 AM

Is this a revolution if nothing has changed?
(the military has always been the boss, right?)
When is our next check due?
Do we even know who to make it out to?

Feb. 17 2011 08:47 AM

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