The entire world watched, in 2011, how Information Communication and Technology (ICT) tools and skills were creatively used to affect revolutionary change in three Arab countries-Tunisia, Egypt and Libya. Whether considered accelerators or perpetuators, these tools played the role of a peaceful enhancer and enabler that allowed messages to spread as a virus or epidemic. Information that was shared sensitized people to their grievances and ultimately caused them to react. Social media, technology, and mobile technology and telephony provided the instantaneity and transparency that empowered people and stripped the tyrants of their power. The link provided by social media and mobile networks created a dense atmosphere that allowed messages to travel fast, aided by the creative use of a multiplicity of tools, so when and if Facebook is censored, Twitter came as an alternative, or television, and so on. As more revolts are expected to follow in the area they are bound to build on each other’s experiences. Education and the creative use of skills will continue to have a ripple effect and enhance the development process.
|Keywords:||Social Media, Social Networking, Technology Empowerment, Community Connect, Internet and Globalizing|
Fomer Founding Chairperson and Faculty member, Department of Library and Information Science Department, Kuwait Univeristy, Kuwait, Kuwait
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