Arab Spring: Empowering Citizens through Information & New Collaborative Technologies

Definition: The popular protests sweeping the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) has been stimulated by broadcast and internet technologies and significant absorption of collaborative technologies by the Arab world's dominantly youth population. The like-minded Arab youth turned to collaborative technologies, such as YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, blogs, cell phone, chat, and other Web 2.0 collaboration tools, to inform citizens, voice their displeasure, escape censorship, and stage protests in the streets.

The interplay between the so-called "Arab Spring" and information and new collaborative technologies will be the focus of a panel discussion. The panel will include: Mamoun Benmamoun, Professor of International Business; Morris Kalliny, Professor of Marketing; and Robert Cropf, Chair of the Department of Public Policy Studies.

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