Today on To the Best of Our Knowledge, "Protest 2.0": how open-source protesting is changing the world. First, a little theoretical overview. How exactly does social media allow someone in say, Tunis, to overthrow their government? Jim Fleming talks to Clay Shirky, author of Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing without Organizations. V for Vendetta is the film for the Internet's Anonymous movement. They're the hackers who brought down the sites of MasterCard, PayPal and Visa after they shut off donations to Wikileaks. Gregg Housh tells Steve Paulson about Anonymous. Steve wanted to know how Gregg could be the spokesperson for an anonymous organization.
To the Best of Our Knowledge is produced in Madison, Wisconsin, which recently saw this new type of leaderless social-media revolution in full bloom. It was in response to Governor Scott Walker announcing his controversial "budget repair bill" that would strip the collective bargaining rights of state employees. One of the sleep-in activists at the State Capitol was writer and blogger Christie Taylor. She kept a diary of her experiences…. The Arab Spring caught a lot of people by surprise, but not a group called Global Voices. It's made up of more than 300 bloggers and translators around the world who are closely watching Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and blogs - ready to report when ordinary people become citizen journalists, as they did throughout the events of the Arab Spring. Ivan Sigal, Global Voices' Executive Director, tells Anne Strainchamps about it.
All eyes have been on the Middle East for some months now. But al Qaeda has been conspicuous for its absence. Many have declared al Qaeda and other Muslim extremist groups irrelevant with regards to the Arab Spring. Irrelevant? Anne Strainchamps posed that question to Romesh Ratnesar, contributing editor-at-large at Time magazine. [Broadcast Date: May 11, 2011]
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