Archive for April 23rd, 2009

On the Internet, No One Knows Your Revolution is a Dog

Cross-posted on techPresident

Remember the “Twitter Revolution” in Moldova? Even as it was unfolding, the Twitter angle was being downgraded in the face of evidence that the Moldvovan protesters seemed to be using just about EVERY online tool available — from Facebook to text messages to blogs and email newsletters — to organize and spread the word (of course, it didn’t help when it turned out that very few people in Moldova are even ON Twitter). Now, according to The Post and Slate’s Anne Applebaum, the very “revolution” itself is being called into question, and online social media may have been used by the state security apparatus to misinform both locals and outside observers about what was going on.

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