Posted by: Dissol on Mar 01, 2011
The news has been full of "regime change" in various countries - Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, etc. I have blogged my own comments about it, as have others.
Without doubt, WEB 2.0 has had a huge part to play in these demonstrations. Following the demonstrations in Cairo, through Twitter, FB, and the like was amazing… I gave information about UCLA's Hypercities, which is a technology worth following, I think.
These dictators know that the world is watching. Local people on the ground are aware. The various police, and troop commanders should be aware. Having been in a situation in Northern Ireland, when you knew that TV cameras could be filming you at any time on the streets had a huge impact on the way that individuals acted. So, of course, the first thing that ugly, fierce, dictators, such as the madman Gaddafi, tries to do is to try to implement a complete news blackout, and to take the country "off-line" - as can be seen in the Reuters article that MyDL have copied onto the main MyDL page.
But, there is a work around. And I would encourage everyone who wants to support the overthrow of these oppressive regimes, and who value democracy, to support. This is an organisation called Avaaz.
Avaaz is an incredible grass roots organisation. Avaaz—meaning "voice" in several European, Middle Eastern and Asian languages—launched in 2007 with a simple democratic mission: organize citizens of all nations to close the gap between the world we have and the world most people everywhere want. Have a look at their website: http://www.avaaz.org/en/index.php
Avaaz is working urgently to "blackout-proof" the protests,with secure satellite modems and phones, tiny video cameras, and portable radio transmitters, plus expert support teams on the ground, to enable activists to broadcast live video feeds even during internet and phone blackouts and ensure the oxygen of international attention fuels their courageous movements for change.
You can support this effort by going to https://secure.avaaz.org/en/blackout_proof_the_protests_9/?vl
This will be my last post for a while probably, as I experience my own temporary news black out...as I am back in hospital again, for a spine operation. Enjoy the silence!!