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[liberationtech] [DW-X] Facebook Zero, Local Facebook Pages in Egypt?

Joe Beckmann joe.beckmann at gmail.com
Sun Feb 6 06:11:12 PST 2011


suggest you go for a team for each of the new districts - both to share the
work and encourage the dialog. The value added by Facebook to that kind of
dialog needs some additional incentives, and politics may be enough in
itself, given the divisions and the urgency of some of that politics. Yet
you may also want to work with both major (and any minor) parties to have
"Lincoln-Douglas" debates online, with skype as well as Facebook....

On Sat, Feb 5, 2011 at 11:14 AM, Steven Clift <clift at e-democracy.org> wrote:

> Does anyone know if Facebook Zero is available widely in Egypt?
>
> Also, I've always felt that the most democratizing aspect of the Net is the
> ability for people to organize and communicate in groups. The freedom of
> assembly that makes speech expontentially more powerful (and accountable,
> effective).
>
> So assuming a desire for greater democracy and openness, how about Facebook
> Pages by region or even parliamentary constituency?
>
> (In my trip to Kenya, it was clear that Facebook Zero was a really big deal
> because it essentially makes group SMS-like communication free with many of
> the popular Nokia handsets that dominate. In one of my speeches, a student
> spoke of his effort to create a Facebook page for his home parlimentary
> constituency for all the discuss national issues from that area. I am
> pondering making such a proposal in the U.S. for 2012 for the new 435 house
> districts (would require a volunteer for each page), why not have Egypt
> teach us a lesson in how that might work in a more coordinated way?)
>
> Steven Clift
> E-Democracy.org
>
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