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In Egypt, Revolution Continues to Bring Online Dissent Into the Real World

BY Nick Judd | Friday, September 16 2011

Here in the U.S., it's not uncommon for groups of people who talk to each other on Twitter to meet in person at "Tweetups." In Egypt, to keep a revolution alive in the face of resurgent opposition from the military, protesters are hosting "TweetNadwas." Here's Tanja Aitamurto and Hanna Sistek, appearing on PBS Mediashift's website:

As the military has closed Tahrir Square from demonstrations, smaller protests are happening elsewhere in Cairo. Facebook pages, such as We are all Khaleed Said, with more than 1.6 million followers, are used for spreading the message about protests and campaigns.

"The Khaleed Said page is a machine now. Almost everything that is posted there goes viral instantly," said Adel Iskandar, a media scholar from Georgetown University who specializes in the Middle East.

But just like during the uprising, online activism is merely one way of protesting. It is more crucial to get boots on the ground, and activists on the streets.

The April 6 Movement, one of the central organizations behind the revolution, arranges protests in several parts of Cairo. Five minutes from Tahrir Square, young Egyptian activists gather for TweetNadwas, a series of online and offline meetings, to discuss the next steps in campaigning.

The whole piece is worth reading. Aitamurto and Sistek outline several ways that protesters and organizers are using Internet tools to keep their movement going, nine months since the Jan. 25 protests sparked an uprising that would topple Egypt's president.