A few days ago the British newspaper The Guardian published an article about the use of Twitter by two protesters of the G-20 whom organized the demonstrations and all the other protesters through Twitter, an immediate communication tool.
It seems web 2.0 is out there to help the revolution. It also happened in Iran after the reelection of the president Ahmanideyad. Protesters and opposers were organized and coordinated through Twitter, and now, they’ve done the same in Pittsburgh.
Is it good or bad for us?
The conclusion that we can take of it is that new technologies are helping common people to fight back the injustices, or at least are being used as a tool to be much better prepared to organize dissident activities. And obviously, that doesn’t escape to authorities control. If protesters get updated with new technologies so do authorities.
Police, CIA, FBI, they can control and monitor anyone they want to when anyone is using new technologies to achieve dissident activities. If they consider that someone is acting suspiciously, they can watch their activity on the Internet in order to ‘prevent’ future illegal actions.
So, this new factor in dissidence means both positive and negative aspects. However, I’d say that is more positive for protesters rather than for authorities, because its immediateness means that authorities have to react very quick in order to avoid certain actions such as the demonstrations in Pittsburgh. And sometimes, they simply can’t react as quickly as they’d like to.
The importance of Twitter is that it’s instantaneous, worldwide, and it doesn’t require more than 140 characters to communicate with others or to express yourself. Therefore, it is a tool that reports much more benefits for normal population than for authorities.
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