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Global Debate: Impact of New Media on Collective Action and Social Change

Posted: June 12, 2014 at 11:34 pm

With the advent of Facebook and twitter and even before the Arab spring revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt, a debate erupted about the real impact of social media tools on peaceful social change and civic engagement. In his controversial article, Why the Revolution Will not be Tweeted, Malcolm Gladwell argued against the efficiency of social […]

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Choosing a Blog Platform: Blogger, WordPress and Tumblr

Posted: June 5, 2014 at 8:53 am

We want to help you to start blogging! So, for simplicity, the most popular (and free) blog platforms are discussed and compared below to help you decide what would work best for you. Opening a blog is as easy as opening an email account; the hard part is creating the content and keeping the blog […]

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Why you need a blog in the age of twitter and Facebook

Posted: June 5, 2014 at 8:26 am   /   Guide, Guide

If you’ve heard/read the interviews with our guests: blogger/author Amir Ahmad Nasr and cultural analyst Omnia Shawkat you should be convinced by now that blogging remains an important tool even in the age of social media. Below we have distilled their words of wisdom on why blogging still matters in the age of Facebook and […]

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Reflecting on Sudan’s Contemporary Blogosphere–with Omnia Shawkat

Posted: June 5, 2014 at 8:23 am

Listen to the full interview here: Omnia Shawkat is a young Sudanese and global citizen. She’s an avid commentator on Sudanese current affairs; and is interested in learning and sharing an intergenerational perspective of Sudanese culture. During 2012 and 2013 Omnia did an on-the-ground exploration of the Sudanese cultural scene that was then complemented by […]

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A Conversation with Sudanese Blogger Amir Ahmad Nasr

Posted: June 5, 2014 at 6:13 am   /   Featured, Featured, Featured, Interviews, Interviews

Listen to the full interview here: Amir Ahmad Nasr is the author of the recently published autobiography: My Isl@m: How Fundamentalism Stole My Mind-and Doubt Freed My Soul. He was one of the first Sudanese bloggers to blog in English and the most famous. The book started as a six-year-old journey of anonymous blogging to unearth […]

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The Egyptian Blogosphere Before the Revolution

Posted: June 5, 2014 at 4:15 am   /   Case Studies

Between 2002 and 2006, before the age of Facebook and Twitter, bloggers were the main online activists and “citizen journalists” in Egypt. They led the independent media and pushed the limits of press freedom by: Breaking stories that would have otherwise been overlooked: Egyptian bloggers broke major stories on sexual harassment, election fraud (in 2005), […]

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