Facebook Versus Ghaddafi : social networking as a tool for democratic change in Libya

Elmahjub, Ezieddin (2014) Facebook Versus Ghaddafi : social networking as a tool for democratic change in Libya. In Sykes, Helen (Ed.) Space Place & Culture. Future Leaders, Melbourne, VIC, pp. 1-18.

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The emergence of the Internet is one of the most significant leaps in the history of humanity. Information, knowledge and culture are exchanged among masses of people through interconnected information platforms. These platforms enable our culture to be analysed and rewritten, and fundamentally opens our perceptions to a wide variety of concepts and beliefs. The connected networks of the Internet have shaped a virtual — but communicative — space where people can cross borders freely within a realm characterised by the ability to go anywhere, see anything, learn, compare and understand.

This chapter focuses on the Libyan experience with social networking platforms in actualising democratic change in the uprising of 17 February 2011. After briefly outlining the political and economic situation under the regime of Colonel Mummar Ghaddafi, the chapter discusses the role that social networking platforms played during the struggle of the Libyan people for democratic change. Finally, it points out the positive changes that resulted from the uprising and the potential role that social media might play in the ongoing democratization and development of Libyan society.

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ID Code: 75321
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: social networking, democratic change, Libyan society, social media and democratic change, Libyan revolution
ISBN: 9780987480705
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Law and Society (180119)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 The Author
Deposited On: 20 Aug 2014 23:22
Last Modified: 19 Apr 2017 02:27

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