The Power of Social Media: An example

There is a protest in Bogota at the moment by ordinary Colombians against the Marxist rebel group FARC. This group has been fighting the Colombian government for 44 years, and is responsible for hundreds of kidnapping. Ordinary Colombians are now saying that it’s enough. See BBC’s coverage here.

What’s remarkable to me is that the protest first started with a call in the social networking site Facebook, before it cascaded to traditional media like radio and TV. I remember asking Ross Dawson when he presented at an iKMS evening talk whether governments are ready to deal with the power of social media. I guess I can now also ask if rebel or terrorist groups are ready for it.

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