Neither was diablog supposed to be a political blog, nor a technical one. Glynsky and Pete inform you and argue about the good things in life.Over the last two and a half months we are seeing technology bring good things to political life. What could be better?
People all over the Middle East are standing up to demand freedoms. And they are using internet technology to organize their protest and to inform the world. The protesters in Tunisia, Egypt, Iran, Yemen, Bahrain, Morocco, Algeria and many more are being supported by the internet community from all over the world. Being informed about global reactions, being provided with telecommunication services, when their governments shut off the internet.
Main stream media are debating whether these can be called "Twitter revolutions" or "Facebook revolutions". And while most media get their most actual information via those exact same channels, many are trying to belittle the roles the internet plays.
If needed, tonight's speech on Libyan state television by Saif al-Islam Muammar Al-Gaddafi, son of Libyan "leader" Muammar al-Gaddafi, provided proof. You can find a translated transcript of his speech here. In many ways it resembled Mubarrak's desperate attempt to save his regime only 11 (!) days ago. And like Mr Mubarak, Mr. Gaddafi is the next recipient of our Idiot of the Day medal.
What did Al-Gaddafi say?
Here is the money quote:
We know that there are opposition figures living abroad who have support in Libya. There people try to use Facebook for a revolution to copy Egypt. These people want to bring Libya to what happened in Egypt & Tunisia. We saw this on facebook and on emails.
Leaders of oppressive regimes in the world are afraid of Facebook. They are afraid of emails. They feel that open communication and the free flow of data and information is disrupting their structures.
The following song goes out to every oppressor in the world:
Who is the clown? He/she is Anonymous.