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.
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