A social media analyst’s visit to Israel

I’m off to Israel and Jordan this week. As a social media analyst and a Middle-East enthusiast (although my Arabic classes did not bring me very far on the lingustic level) I made some research about what to know about social meda in Israel. Much credit should be given to Danish diplomat Karen Melchior who pointed out to me many interesting articles on the topic.

  • Start-Up Digital Diplomacy: Innovating Israel’s Social Engagement

by dhosier

The story of how one foreign mission innovated its diplomatic engagement with global society from the bottom-up.

<div style=”margin-bottom:5px”> <strong> <a href=”https://www.slideshare.net/dhosier/startup-digital-diplomacy-innovating-israels-social-engagement-6622639&#8243; title=”Start-Up Digital Diplomacy: Innovating Israel’s Social Engagement” target=”_blank”>Start-Up Digital Diplomacy: Innovating Israel’s Social Engagement</a> </strong> from <strong><a href=”http://www.slideshare.net/dhosier&#8221; target=”_blank”>dhosier</a></strong> </div>

Both sides kept up live commentary on Gaza attack in which key Hamas leader was killed in attempt to corral world opinionhttp://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-11-16/israel-twitter-and-the-line-between-free-speech-and-violence …

  • Israel, Twitter, and the Line Between Free Speech and Violence

By Mathew Ingram November 16, 2012

Smoke rises following Israeli strikes in the Gaza Strip–seen from the Israel Gaza Border, southern Israel, on Nov. 16, 2012.

If you’ve been following the social-media campaign recently unleashed by the Israeli army on a multitude of platforms—from Twitter and Facebook (FB) to Instagram and Tumblr—as part of its attack on Hamas guerillas in the Gaza Strip, you know that we are seeing the birth of a whole new way of experiencing a war: in real time, and with live reports from the combatants themselves. But while some might argue that more information about such events is good, it also highlights just how much of our perception of such a conflict comes to us through proprietary platforms such as Twitter and Facebook and YouTube (GOOG). What duties or responsibilities do they have (if any) to monitor or regulate that information?

How important were Twitter, Facebook and other social media in toppling regimes in the Arab Spring uprisings?

Amid a fierce debate in academic circles, an upcoming book argues that social media and new technology made a key difference in successful uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt and helped foster grassroots movements in other Arab nations.

Sarah A. Tobin

Dr. Tobin is a Mellon Post Doctoral Fellow in Islamic Studies at Wheaton College. She holds a PhD in Anthropology from Boston University.

The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan was watched closely during the early events of the Arab Spring in 2011. Many Western analysts expressed concerns that it would be the next country in which large protests and social and political mobilization would shift the

“You call this violent language?” The IDF’s social media spokesperson sees online posts as just another way to spread the same message, “without the touch of an editor.”

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