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The 2009 Iranian Elections – The ‘Twitter’ Revolution?Aug 09

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The Twitter Revolution

Prepared by Liz Nugent and Don Ball

GCG discusses the recent presidental elections in Iran, focusing in particular on the role new media (twitter, blogs, text messaging, facebook) played in the elections – facilitating the opposition and student movements, increasing the ability of protesters to organize, and allowing candidates to communicate directly with their constituencies. Below are some links that will provide background on the elections.

Results of the election:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/06/12/iran-election-results-ahm_n_214975.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/06/13/iran-election-results-ahm_0_n_215169.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeremy-j-stone/how-the-iranian-election_b_216882.html

Protest coverage

http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com

http://www.juancole.com/2009/06/day-of-mourning-protests-called-by.html

http://www.juancole.com/2009/06/most-elegant-scene-mass-protest-in.html

http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2009/06/irans_disputed_election.html

Obama’s reaction to election

http://www.juancole.com/2009/06/washington-and-iran-protests-would-they.html

Example of twitter accounts that were constantly updated during the protests and chaos that ensued after the elections:

http://twitter.com/persiankiwi

http://twitter.com/StopAhmadi

http://twitter.com/change_for_iran

Role of new media:

http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1905125,00.html

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/willheaven/100002576/irans-crackdown-proves-that-the-twitter-revolution-has-made-things-worse/

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/discussion/2009/06/17/DI2009061702232.html

Recent developments

http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/meast/07/05/iran.election.clerics/

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