"In the spring of 2005, the Lebanese people demonstrated their desire – and their ability – to transform a country. They mobilized for what they wanted, not what they were told to want. Were it not for the one million protesters who came out that day, we might still be under Syrian tutelage. However, since then, the momentum for sustained mass participation in public affairs has waned. The New Opinion Workshop (NOW) hopes to recapture the spirit of that unique day in 2005 and channel it towards positive change in Lebanon"
NOW Lebanon is interesting as another site seeking to aggregate the wide range of social network sites concerning Lebanon and Syrian protest movements in a single "space", this is the same think we saw the UNCUT movement doing. The site assembles Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, blog and news content in to a single view.
Though Google calendars, Facebook sites, YouTube and twitter have opened a large opportunity to political activists they do present them with two serious problems:
- Companies own their onsite activity and can easily take it down. We saw an example of this recently when Flickr took down pictures taken from the Egyptian secret service because the activists did not have IP rights to them! Follow up discussions on twitter also identified YouTube as often taking down content.
- Groups activity is distributed in many channels.