David Kirkpatrick and David Sanger published an article in the NYTimes today, “A Tunisian-Egyptian Link That Shook Arab History,” discussing the role of technology in Egypt’s revolution. The young generation of protesters in Egypt used the force of Tunisia’s revolution and advice from protesters from older political movements. The article describes how online democratic participation fueled a revolution strong enough to overthrow the 30-year leader, Hosni Mubarak.
“Young Egyptian and Tunisian activists brainstormed on the use of technology to evade surveillance, commiserated about torture and traded practical tips on how to stand up to rubber bullets and organize barricades.”
“’Tunis is the force that pushed Egypt, but what Egypt did will be the force that will push the world,’ said Walid Rachid, one of the members of the April 6 Youth Movement, which helped organize the Jan. 25 protests that set off the uprising.