Creative use of Social Media in the Revolutions of Tunisia, Egypt & Libya

By Taghreed Alqudsi-ghabra.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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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

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 6, Issue 6, pp.147-158. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 755.959KB).

Dr. Taghreed Alqudsi-ghabra

Fomer Founding Chairperson and Faculty member, Department of Library and Information Science Department, Kuwait Univeristy, Kuwait, Kuwait

Former Founding chairperson of the Library and Information Science Department & Former Founding director of the LIS graduate Program at the College of Graduate Studies. President of the Special Libraries Association/Arabian Gulf Chapter SLA/AGC, 2004. Member of the International Committee for the Annual International conference on Knowledge Management (ICKM) Since 2004. Member of the editorial board of the Journal of Information & Knowledge Management& World School Libraries, the official journal of the International Association of School Libraries. Chaired the organizing committee for the 10th annual conference for the SLA/AGC held in Kuwait. March 2004. Worked for five years as coordinator and editor of the “Monthly Book Project for Children”. A project sponsored by the Kuwait Society for the Advancement of Arab Children to publish books for Children with various developmental aspects & age groups. Elected as founding president for the Kuwait Board on Books for Young People KUBBY/the national section for the international Board on Books for Young People IBBY 1996-1999. Consultant for the ministry of education’s school library system. Published in professional and academic refereed journals in Arabic and English. Published two books in Arabic.

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