The Role of Social Media in the Tunisia, Egypt and Sudan Rebellion

Posted: February 4, 2011 in Events, News and Views

Event Name: The Role of Social Media in the Tunisia, Egypt and Sudan Rebellion (Crisis mapping in North Africa and Middle East)
Speaker: Anahi Ayala Iacucci
Date: February 7th, 2011 Monday
Start-time: 12:40 p.m.
End-time: 1:40 p.m.
Rm: 411 IAB

What do Tunisia, Egypt and Sudan have in common these days? The massive use of social networks like Twitter, Facebook, blogs and sometimes mapping software like Ushahidi and Google maps. The digital international community is bypassing the mainstream media by creating its own space in order to interface directly with populations all over the globe. The stream of information is becoming so overwhelming that it is almost impossible to keep up, and repressive regimes needs to find other solutions to shut down their own populations, as the Egyptian government is showing with the recent shut down of mobile phones and internet. Are we looking at the uprising of a new digital community? Are social media in those events the cause or the effect?

Speaker Bio:

Anahi Ayala Iacucci graduated from SIPA in May 2010, and holds a BA in International Affairs and a Master in Human Rights from the University of Padova. Anahi has previously worked in the Occupied Palestinian Territories as a human rights monitor, in Nairobi-Kenya as a Refugee Officer, in Chiapas-Mexico as an International Observer and in Italy and the OPT as a journalist. More recently, Anahi has consulted for NGOs and international organizations on the use of the ICT4D, new technologies and crisis mapping: she adviced the UN OCHA Iraq Inter-Agency Information and Analysis Unit, the NGO Alliance Guinea, Internews Network in Kenya, Freedom House in Egypt, the World Bank in Zambia and USAID in the US. Anahi will be relocating soon in Kenya where she will be a ICT4D consultant for Internews Network covering Kenya, Chad, Sudan and DRC and also a Crowdsourcing and Information Specialists for the World Bank covering East Africa. In the spare time Anahi is the co-founder and volunteer Coordinator of the Standby Task Force, and worked on the Jan30Sudan Crowdmap platform, monitoring the uprising in Sudan, Sidibundiz, a Ushahidi platform to monitor the uprising in Tunisia and the U-Shahid Freedom House project to monitor elections in Egypt. (Thanks to New Media Task Force).

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