Showing posts tagged as "Social Media"

Showing posts tagged Social Media

25 Sep
Kenya Attack Unfolded In Up and Down Twitter Feeds | Lori Hinnant
As the deadly attack unfolded inside Kenya’s Westgate mall, the militants who claimed responsibility for the spreading mayhem sent out tweet after tweet, taunting the Kenyan military, defending the mass killings and threatening more bloodshed.
Each time Twitter shut the account down — a total of five times, according to a U.S.-based security analyst — al-Shabab started a new feed. The sixth account included a post on Tuesday linking to a photo that purported to be two of the attackers “unruffled and strolling around the mall in such sangfroid manner” and mocking Kenya’s security forces for their repeated assurances over two days — also tweeted — that the siege was nearly over.
FULL ARTICLE (AP) 
Photo: Johan Larsson/Flickr

Kenya Attack Unfolded In Up and Down Twitter Feeds | Lori Hinnant

As the deadly attack unfolded inside Kenya’s Westgate mall, the militants who claimed responsibility for the spreading mayhem sent out tweet after tweet, taunting the Kenyan military, defending the mass killings and threatening more bloodshed.

Each time Twitter shut the account down — a total of five times, according to a U.S.-based security analyst — al-Shabab started a new feed. The sixth account included a post on Tuesday linking to a photo that purported to be two of the attackers “unruffled and strolling around the mall in such sangfroid manner” and mocking Kenya’s security forces for their repeated assurances over two days — also tweeted — that the siege was nearly over.

FULL ARTICLE (AP) 

Photo: Johan Larsson/Flickr

23 Jan
Our 2,000th post on Tumblr
Crisis Group, recently named the #10 “Think Tank with the Best Use of the Internet or Social Media,” is celebrating our 2,000th Tumblr post and grateful to all who follow, like, and reblog!
Photo: Ian Muttoo/Flickr

Our 2,000th post on Tumblr

Crisis Group, recently named the #10 “Think Tank with the Best Use of the Internet or Social Media,” is celebrating our 2,000th Tumblr post and grateful to all who follow, like, and reblog!

Photo: Ian Muttoo/Flickr

15 Aug
We now have over 15,000 followers on Tumblr! Thank you all. If you want to learn more about Crisis Group, please go to our website: www.crisisgroup.org


We now have over 15,000 followers on Tumblr! Thank you all. If you want to learn more about Crisis Group, please go to our website: www.crisisgroup.org

18 Jul
"The popular social media site is just one of the online tools that governments are increasingly using to extend their spheres of internet influence."

BBC News Magazine, “E-diplomacy: Foreign policy in 140 characters”

6 Oct

The Interpreter: Texting for Peace

Jim Della-Giacoma, South East Asia Project Director

From London to Jakarta, there have been accounts of how social media have been used to help encourage violence. In some ways, this is to be expected: people often fear new technologies, so stories of this sort play to receptive audiences. But now a conflict on the margins of the international datelines has shown how helpful these new communications tools can be in waging peace in fractious communities.

Last month in the Indonesian city of Ambon, the suspicious death of a Muslim motorcycle taxi driver led to clashes between Muslims and Christians in this provincial capital and raised fears of a return to the communal fighting that wracked the region from 1999 to 2002. At one point, rumours swirled by SMS and word of mouth that a Christian child had been killed (she had not). Muslim houses were set on fire, and retaliation against Christians soon followed.

By the time it stopped, the two days of violence had left seven dead and dozens wounded. Over 150 homes, roughly split between the two communities, were burned to the ground.

What is most remarkable is not that violence re-occurred (something sadly all too common in post-conflict societies), but how it was stopped, in part, through some far-sighted networking and deft thumb work by a group calling themselves 'peace provocateurs' who worked across communities and together with local officials to calm down a volatile situation.

It was an extraordinary effort by a group of about ten people, Christian and Muslim, who decided, at enormous risk to themselves, to go into the areas where violence had erupted to seek truth and then text, upload, and share it.

Every time they heard a rumour, for example, that a church was burned down or that a mosque had been damaged, they went and took photographs of the actual site. With even provincial capitals well serviced by mobile telephone and data services, it was then not hard for them to circulate this proof on Twitter and Facebook using their mobile phones. Given that Indonesians are some of the world’s most avid users of these social media, it was an inspired strategy. They sought to calm the level of violence, and it worked.

One of their leaders was Jacky Manuputty, a Protestant priest; another was Abidin Wakano, a lecturer at the State Islamic Institute. They partnered with a group of young people called ‘Ambon Bergerak’ and some members of the Moluccan Interfaith Institute (Lembaga Antar Iman Maluku, LAIM). The members of this core group each had some ten or fifteen contacts of their own around the city’s major flashpoints. They were on the phone with each other constantly, checking out stories and sending information.

Together they identified influential ‘strategic partners’ in border neighbourhoods and put them in touch with one another to help coordinate the dissemination of information. They were very conscious of the impact national media could have on the way the unrest was being portrayed outside Ambon and designated one person to monitor the reporting and send clarifications as necessary to the relevant journalists. Their activities focused on collecting and verifying reports of attacks, threats, street blockades, injuries or crowds massing, and then trying to defuse the threats.

Had it not been for their messages, tweets, and posts, the violence would have been infinitely harder to bring under control.

ARTICLE (The Interpreter)