Encouraging political participation in Africa, the potential of social media platforms

2012-03-15

The popular protests in North Africa, dubbed the ‘Arab Spring’, have reignited debate on the role of social media in facilitating political participation and active citizenry engagement. The 2010/2011 popular  protests in Tunisia and Egypt were largely organised, supported and driven through social media platforms.  

About the author:

At the time this paper was completed, Arthur Chatora was a research intern in the African Conflict Prevention Programme at the ISS Pretoria office. He holds an MA in Journalism and Media Studies from Rhodes University, South Africa.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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