Digital Activism, Social Media, and the Tunisian Revolution

Be inspried. Sami Ben Gharbia, outgoing editor of Global Voices Advocacy addressed the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law Conference on 20 July 2012.

He spoke about the role of digital activism in the 2010 Tunisian revolution and the Arab spring. He shared some of the strategies used to expose government corruption and nepotism and to combat its censorship, both online and offline.

In addition he touched on the involvement of Wikileaks and Anonymous in assisting the campaign.

Professor Sarah Joseph, Director of Monash University’s Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, chaired the question time that follows the presentation.

Sami was also interviewed on Friday night’s Lateline. The video and transcript are here: Tunisian campaigner discusses online uprising

13 comments on “Digital Activism, Social Media, and the Tunisian Revolution

  1. Mobius, indeed it is a sneaky spammer..at least it’s better than looking at the spam for penis enlargers..sort of…

  2. On Kevin’s link..

    A Tunisian military court has sentenced the ousted president’s interior minister and 38 other former officials to up 20 years in jail over the deaths of protesters. The court also sentenced the former president himself to life imprisonment in absentia but he fled into exile in Saudi Arabia in January last year.

    Eighteen months later the bloggers and social media activists are telling their stories about how they inspired a generation to make their voices heard.

    I cannot help but think how insular Australia has become in recent times, that we know so little about what is happening in the world around us.

    Another thought is the reference to the social media. This is something which has been happening, that in spite of all the cr*ppy stuff on FB especially, that this is a medium which enables people let the rest of the world know what is happening.

    No longer can tyrants seal the borders thinking that no information will escape.

  3. Min said, “No longer can tyrants seal the borders thinking that no information will escape.”……. except in Australia with the MSM at the bidding of that Tired-rant Tony Abbortt…. 😀

  4. Migs, he won’t burn 50 shades of grey, he is reading it as a guide to policy direction, so the he can find bigger and better ways to screw us all!

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