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The Emerging Role of Social Media in Political and Regime Change
(Released March 2012)

  by Rita Safranek  


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  1. Dancers of "Hooman Sharifi et the Impure company" perform past TV set displaying mobile phone videos, on May 4, 2010 at the Paris exhibition titled "Action 1". Iran's so-called "Twitter Revolution" came to downtown Paris in an exhibition that takes some of the thousands of mobile phone videos shot by anti-government protestors and turns them into art. International and local Iranian media were banned from freely covering the massive wave of protest sparked by the disputed re-election last June 2009 of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
    MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images

  2. A protester shouts as she holds a sign reading in romanian 'You don't make a revolution on TV" and "Facebook generation is here" during an anti-presidential and anti-establishment rally in Piata Universitatii square in Bucharest , on January 17, 2012. Hundreds of Romanians rallied in Bucharest to protest against austerity measures and a planned health-care reform, calling on president Traian Basescu to quit. Chanting "Resignation", and "Don't be afraid, Basescu will be toppled" the protesters had been mobilized via the internet and social networks to gather in downtown Bucharest for the fourth consecutive day. Romania's centre-right government on January 17 reinstated a respected health official whose forced resignation last week had triggered a wave of street protests.

  3. An image grab taken from a video uploaded on YouTube shows Syrian protesters dressed as prisoners and wearing signs with the names of people detained by Syrian security forces and their alleged crimes during a demonstration in the northern city of Idlib on January 20, 2012. Syrian activists held new protests, dubbed "Prisoners of the Revolution," to demand that the government honour the terms of an Arab League deal to end 10 months of bloodshed as pressure mounted on the bloc to seek UN intervention.
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Charts and Tables
  1. Main activities of the main actors of the revolution.

    Moldova's internet revolution: Analyzing the role of technologies in various phases of the confrontation
    Lysenko, Volodymyr V; Desouza, Kevin C. Technologic al Forecasting and Social Change 79. 2 (Feb 2012): 341-361.
  2. The top three discussion categories in each forum

    Internet political discussions in the Arab world: A look at online forums from Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan
    Al Nashmi, Eisa; Cleary, Johanna; Molleda, Juan-Carlos; McAdams, Melinda. International Communication Gazette 72. 8 (Dec 2010): 719-738.
  3. Internet users in the Arab world

    Multiple geographies of the Arab Internet
    Warf, Barney; Vincent, Peter. Area 39. 1 (Mar 2007): 83-96.
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  1. Simon Cottle
    Professor, Cardiff School of Journalism, Media & Cultural Studies, Cardiff University
    Recent research includes studies of: 1) globalization and the changing aid-media field, 2) demonstrations and the changing media politics of dissent, 3) the variegated forms of contemporary mediatized rituals, and 4) television journalism's communication of global crises based on a comparative analysis of media production and representation in the UK, USA, Australia, India, Singapore and South Africa (funded by the Australian Research Council (2005-2008).

  2. Mike Schmierbach
    Assistant Professor, Department of Film-Video and Media Studies, The Pennsylvania State University
    His broader research interests include the impact of new media, including video games, on civic engagement. He also studies the cognitive effects of media, exploring ways to improve measurement of media texts and psychological effects, which is the focus of his dissertation.

  3. Daniela V. Dimitrova
    Associate Professor, Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, Iowa State University
    Mass Communication, Journalism, International Media, Global Internet Diffusion, News Framing of Conflict Events, New Media and Electronic Media, Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), Internet Diffusion, and Political Communication. New media technologies and electronic media studies

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