ASIS&T 2014 Annual Meeting 
Seattle, WA | October 31 - November 5, 2014

The Role of Social and other Media in the Unrests in Egypt, Turkey and Ukraine (SIG/III)

Anatoliy Gruzd1, Selenay Aytac2, Nouf Khashman3
Dalhousie University, Canada; 2Long Island University, USA; 3McGill University, Canada

Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2:00pm


Over the last few years, the world has witnessed a number of revolutionary demonstrations and protests in support of social and political changes. From the protests in Iran and Tunisia to the more recent Occupy movement to the current events in Ukraine, these movements are crashing in waves onto the world stage. What many of these protests have in common is the prominent use of social media by the protesters to help organize and inform supporters and garner the attention of the international community. Some believe that social media was the catalyst for the protests; others are more skeptical. This panel will critically evaluate the role and effectiveness of social media as a tool for a social and political change using the three recent case studies: the crisis in Egypt in 2010/11, Turkey in 2013 and Ukraine in 2013/14.