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Twitter is leading the way for freedem of information in Middle East.

Discussion in 'Tech, Gadgets & Science Forum' started by Richard, Jan 31, 2011.

  1. Richard

    Richard JF-Expert Member

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    Currently the internet has continued to be disrupted in Egypt following the closure of all section of internet traffic into and outside the country.

    Today, six Al-Jazeera correspondents have been released after they were detained on Sunday but their recording equipments have all been seized. Al-Jazeera TV has been one of the sections of international media outlet scattered around Egypt broadcasting every single shots of uprising spearheaded by opposition to incumbet president Hosni Mubarak.

    Also today's main lunchtime news of thew state media showed no footage of the protests, only shots of Hosni Mubarak meeting officials and some cooking shows.

    But all media platforms such as Twetter, Facebook, You Tube and all text messaging on mobile phones have been intrumental on making sure that all news including texts, video and pictures are sent ouside Egypt to been seen around the world.

    Citizens are continuing to tweet and these shows how the technology have developed and how the people have been quick to adopt to these new media platforms.

    But the most amazing act was the people who are serious about regime change to defy the government decision to withdraw all routes to Egyptian networks simultaneously with the internet's global routing table.

    Citizens were determined to send the message out and were trying old methods -fax machines, ham radio and dial-up modems to get around the net block imposed on Egyptian authorities.

    The main goal of these media social networks is to allow the flow of information and importantly to instantly connect people anywhere in the world to what is most meaningful to them.

    Some Tweets may facilitate positive change in a repressed country like Egypt, some make us laugh, some make us think, some downright anger a vast majority of users.

    Freedom of expression carries with it a mandate to protect users' right to speak freely and preserve their ability to contest having their private information revealed.

    While these social networks may need to release information as required by law, it is important that the users are well notified in advance before handing over their information so they have a fair chance to fight the request if they so choose.

    Now let's continue tweeting.