The Social Network Revolutions

Link to Sound Cloud: https://soundcloud.com/ti371/untitled

This week in BCM206 there was a lot of talk about about how social media was used during the 2010-2011 protests in the Middle East and North Africa, and the 2013-2014 protests in Ukraine and we touched on what authorities did in response. The biggest thing I got from this weeks lecture was about the reactions authorities have on social media and how far they have come to monitor it and how far they still have to go.

I believe that social media can be used positively to monitor illegal behaviour but I think there is a close line to invading peoples privacy that is at risk. The best way to investigate this topic is through case studies such as the events identified above (2010-2011 protests in the Middle East and North Africa, and the 2013-2014 protests in Ukraine).


2 thoughts on “The Social Network Revolutions

  1. Regarding a current event that has lifted off because of social media, and made others aware, was a case of a girl being fired from her job due to a Facebook announcement that ‘its ok to vote no’ in the Australian postal plebiscite. This caused a lot of controversy over social media, and all began because the ‘authority figure’ was monitoring their staff’s social media. Here is a article explaining the entire situation. But it’s a great example of current events that have been influenced by social media.



  2. Really interesting soundcloud link! It’s really interesting how the revolution can monitor behaviors. The Guardian published an interesting article about monitoring that is done in the US with NSA and demonstrates how social networks have been revolutionised to keep tabs on data and information. It could help further you’re findings and add to another case study that you could talk about: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/jun/07/nsa-prism-records-surveillance-questions


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