A protester uses her mobile device as she walks through Gezi Park on Taksim Square in Istanbul, June 2013. (REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov)
Social Media-Driven Protests Have Large Bark but No Bite
November 25, 2013,
Social media has had a large impact on the way that protests and movements are organized around the world. Prominent examples of these include the Arab Spring, the Occupy Movement and most recently the Gezi Park protests in Turkey. Today, the Center for Technology Innovation hosted an event to examine how social media is impacting government, the public sector, and the relationship between governments and citizens around the world.
Darrell West (@DarrWest), director of the center and also vice president and director of Governance Studies at Brookings, introduced panelists Zeynep Tufekci (@zeynep), an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina, and Faruk Eczacibasi (@farukec), chairman of the Turkish Informatics Society.