As the protests in Cairo continue to rage on (you can catch live updates here), what’s of noteworthy attention is how the government has clamped down on social media in its desperate bid to quell the unrest. This was an unsurprising move as the genesis of the uprisings were virtual in origin, inspired by the revolution at Tunisia and probably Iran as well (and of course, there’s always an element of US involvement). Again we see how the role of social media sites like Twitter and Facebook are tools that both trigger and fuel socio-political activism and protest.
Why are protesters increasingly turning to social networking sites?
Could it work the other way? Is the internet a friend or foe of democracy?
Do you think we will see a similar situation in Singapore? Why?