Net4change, notes from Egypt and Tunisian Revolutions (pt. 1/2)

“Even if there’s only one person, that learns one more thing than yesterday, my work is worth it” -@Dima_Khatib

On October 26th I took part of a conference called  Net4Change that discussed how the Internet helps to create democratic change. I wrote some more about who organizes the conference earlier. I was participating in the conference remotely, taking part of a live-stream via Internet and following the #net4change tag on Twitter. Here are some of the notes me and others took from two of the talks. I will post more notes from Maryam Al-Khawaja and the end-discussion in another blog post on Friday.


Salma Said – Egypt: Popular uprising or Internet revolution?
Twitter: @salmasaid 

salmasaid democracy‘I am a thug. Come arrest me!’ pic: CC-BY-NC-SA, Nora Shalaby

Salma Said kept a very engaging speech displaying a lot of passion in her participation of the revolution. One critique against the net4change conference and media in general was for only focusing on a certain type of activist for interviews, articles and conferences like this.

 @salmasaid: There is a tendency to interview one sort of Egyptian activist with a specific background #Net4Change (modified quote)

RT @n4c_karin: Why ppl from middleclass, English speaking. Why not invite some1 that doesn’t use English get translators, get a different view? #net4change

There has been a lot of talk about peaceful protests. This peace was sometimes by choice but could also be because there was a lack of ability to fight with weapons. 

Salma Said: if We had weapons We Would have used them!

– @salmasaid: The main chants in the street now are “This revolution needs weapons” #Net4Change

@salmasaid: I had a twitter account, facebook and a blog but I did not use them. I used stones to beat up the police. #Net4Change

RT @Sida_Stockholm: Salma Said: I didnt use twitter at Tahrir square, I used sticks and stones. We defended our occupation with our lives. #devtalk #net4change

Salma also talked about the Internet as not being essential for the revolution.

“I have not been using Internet AT ALL during first 8 days of Tahrir revolution” #net4change #n4c1 

RT @SultanAlQassemi: – @salmasaid: When the internet was shut people went down to see for themselves what was happening then more people took part #Net4Change

 “Internet is a useful tool but will not help overturn a military dictatorship” #n4c1 #net4change

“I don’t think the internet tools started the revolution.” There was already meetings at cafées etc. #net4change #n4c1


Slim Amamou – Tunisia: Hacktivists, Anonymous and their role in the revolution
Twitter: @slim404


slim404 tunisia revolution

This was a very different seminar from Salma Said’s. Slim was claiming Internet as being a crucial part for the Tunisian revolution. Salma said it wasn’t for Egypt.

. @slim404 says a revolution wasn’t the goal at first. Freedom on the internet, rebuilding trust, effecting a change. #n4c2 #net4change

The revolution have no leader, is everywhere, there is no one to arrest. The problem now: complete military control over media. #net4change

Social media helped create the snowball effect that enabled more parts of country to rise up in the revolt -@slim404 #tunisia

Slim was talking a lot about the trolls, anonymous and normal persons, how they were interacting and shaping the revolution over the internet. News reporters in the world interested first when Anonymous got involved. Not so interested in Tunisia but more the hacking.

“The Trolls are burning down Tunisia.” (@slim404 summarising Tunisian state TV’s coverage during the revolution) #qotd #net4change

 RT @Copylinda: Anonymous is one identity to rule them all #net4change

Internet is becoming one of our basic tools for having access to information.

If we have roads for free we need to have #Internet for free says @slim404 #net4change








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