Nick Page

The internet is the best place for dissent to start

An interesting article, which draws on the Vancouver Human Rights lecture,by Ethan Zuckerman Cute Cats and The Arab Spring,

Zuckermans argument is this: while YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and other popular social services arent good at protecting dissidents, they are nevertheless the best place for this sort of activity to start, for several reasons.First, because when YouTube is taken off your nations internet, everyone notices, not just dissidents. So if a state shuts down a site dedicated to exposing official brutality, only the people who care about that sort of thing already are likely to notice.But when YouTube goes dark, all the people who want to look at cute cats discover that their favourite site is gone, and they start to ask their neighbours why, and they come to learn that there exists video evidence of official brutality so heinous and awful that the government has shut out all of YouTube in case the people see it.

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