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Case Studies

The Story of #Nafeer: Crowdsourcing in Action

Posted: November 28, 2014 at 12:25 pm

[Picture curtesy of Nafeer] During the floods that impacted the Sudanese capital, Khartoum in August 2013, a youth-based initiative called Nafeer (inspired from the Sudanese tradition of helping those in need collectively) used a variety of social media and ICT tools that included Facebook, twitter, flicker, and a crisis map. With these tools they mobilized […]

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What Sudanese Activists are Learning from Campaigns for Political Detainees

Posted: July 17, 2014 at 10:02 pm

The success of the campaign to free Nuba Mountains’ political detainee, Jalila Khamis was not unique. The experience of Sudan’s civil society and youth movements who have campaigned tirelessly for detainees, since 2009, shows that there are a few key elements of success such as: The more visibility the better. Keeping the story of a detainee […]

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Lessons from the Digital Campaign for Nuba Mountains Detainee Jalila Khamis

Posted: July 15, 2014 at 8:51 pm

Between mid-March 2012 and January 2013, Jalila Khamis (a teacher and mother of five) was Sudan’s most prominent female political detainee from the Nuba Mountains. She was kidnapped, by Sudanese national security agents, from her house in the early hours of March 16, 2012 in her night gown; and imprisoned for nine months–without charges. Jalila’s […]

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Citizen Journalism During Iran’s “Green Revolution”

Posted: July 15, 2014 at 6:42 pm

[Image: A supporter of defeated Iranian presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi during riots in Tehran on June 13, 2009. OLIVIER LABAN-MATTEI/AFP/Getty Images] If there was one event that forecasted the Arab Spring, then it must have been Iran’s “Green Revolution” in 2009. This case study looks at the the Iranian “Green Revolution” and the use of Twitter, […]

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The Egyptian Blogosphere Before the Revolution

Posted: June 5, 2014 at 4:15 am

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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