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Social Media and the Tunisian Jasmine Revolution – Insight from pITPI

January 19, 2012

This is a study done by one of our clients, pITPI, about the Arab Spring and the use of Social Media.

We all remember January 14, 2011 — one year ago. Back then started what is now known as the Arab Spring, when, following a month of violent protests against his regime, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled Tunisia.

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After analyzing over 3 million tweets, gigabytes of YouTube content and thousands of blog posts, a new study finds that social media played a central role in shaping political debates in the Arab Spring.
Conversations about revolution often preceded major events on the ground, and social media carried inspiring stories of protest across international borders.

Focused mainly on Tunisia and Egypt, this research included creating a unique database of information collected from Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.  The research also included creating maps of important Egyptian political Websites, examining political conversations in the Tunisian blogosphere, analyzing more than 3 million Tweets based on keywords, and tracking which countries thousands of individuals Tweeted from during the revolutions.
The result is that for the first time we have evidence confirming social media’s critical role in the Arab Spring.

The contributors include Philip Howard, Muzammil Hussain, Will Mari, and Marwa Mazaid at the University of Washington, Deen Freelon at American University, and Aiden Duffy at Amazon Web Services.

Thank you for using eCairn to build this report.

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UPDATE

New location for this report here.

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