Egypt's digital battle
Egypt's digital battleIs social media empowering Egypt’s political figures or its people?
On Monday, October 29 at 19:30 GMT / 3:30 p.m. EST:
Many credit the events of the Arab Spring with the power of social media and its ability to harness the masses. People worldwide were taken to Egypt’s Tahrir Square via various platforms only cementing the idea that the internet drove the uprising.
However, some argue that social media only amplifies the voices of those with internet access and doesn’t capture the holistic outlook of the country. Others say the online technologies used to topple former president Hosni Mubarak have been co-opted by the country’s political actors. So what role is social media now playing in ‘post-revolution’ Egypt?
In this episode of The Stream, we speak to:
Arab Media Scholar, Georgetown University
Ramesh Srinivasan @rameshmedia
Professor, Media/Information Studies at UCLA
Sherief Gaber @cairocitylimits
What do you think? As social media becomes increasingly used by those in power in Egypt, have activists had to change their tactics? Leave a comment on Facebook below or record a 30 second video for the show.