A 21st Century Russian Revolution

It is fascinating that President Medvedev has called for international rules for the Internet. Could this be in response to the April 2009 “Twitter Revolution” in Moldova where activists used Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and other social media networks to organize and broadcast the efforts of anti-Communist protesters there in response to parliamentary elections?



In Chisinau, the ensuing “riot” was Tweeted and then broadcast on televisions around the globe while state-run television aired a soap opera and a dance routine. Moldovan President Vladimir Voronin then accused Romania of inciting a coup attempt and expelled their ambassador and journalists. The social networks allowed protesters and reporters to bypass government blockades, but one of the activists faces criminal charges for helping to organize the flash mob of 200 via Twitter and Facebook.

Certainly these networks can be used to mobilize Russians for a cause they can all agree on and one that results in positive change without jail time.



One Response to A 21st Century Russian Revolution

  1. The Wired article that you reference is an interesting find and story about Moldova and the impact social media has had on that country. You ask an important question in the beginning of your post about whether Medvedev may be reacting to this in some of his remarks. Rather than just hearing a good question, though, we want to hear what you think about it’s response. Do you think that the situation could be similar in Russia, or does the fact that Russia has two highly popular and semi-nationalized social networking platforms change things? What about the fact that the President of Russia is currently engaging with social media, while perhaps the government of Moldova was not? We need you to draw the line between these two countries and situations in a clearer way, even if you don’t have the final answer, what makes a great blog post is the strides you take to come close to one. (2)

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