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Title:Cyberactivism in the Tunisian and Egyptian Revolutions: potentials, limitations, overlaps and divergences
Authors:Khamis, SaharISNI
Vaughn, Katherine
Periodical:Journal of African Media Studies (ISSN 1751-7974)
Geographic terms:Egypt
Subjects:social media
Abstract:This article discusses the role of 'cyberactivism' or the role played by new media in paving the way for political transformation, in both the Tunisian and Egyptian revolutions of 2011. It starts with a discussion of the potentials of cyberactivism in both of these revolutions, especially how these new types of social media can act as effective tools for supporting the capabilities of the democratic activists by allowing forums for free speech and political networking opportunities; providing a virtual space for assembly; supporting the capability of the protestors to plan, organize and execute peaceful protests, while documenting the protests and governmental reactions to them; and providing forums for collaboration between the Tunisian and the Egyptian activists. It also sheds light on some of the limitations of the role of social media in both of these revolutions and highlights some of the overlaps and divergences between the role of cyberactivism in both of them, through comparing the similarities and differences in contexts, actors and tools. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]