Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Syria protests on facebook

Syrians, many of them exiled, are using facebook to connect and organize their protest. The main Syrian Revolution facebook page now has over 145,000 followers, though how many are Syrian is not clear. There is also a Syrian facebook video page. But how effective any of this can be when the military decides its ready to kill people to maintain the regime is suspect. Methods that worked so well in Egypt and Tunisia are struggling in Bahrain and may be useless in Syria and Libya. There are clear limits to what a population can do with the Internet itself, it is a powerful tool not a magic wand.

Photo of the family are common place across Syria. Photo By Gail Orenstein, web 3.0 lab/Clima

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