Since the creation of social networks we can notice different uses : it’s very fast to get an information, practical to communicate with a friend or very useful to promote a new business and obviously we’ve all known this kind of « no-life guy » who is posting everything about his life whose we don’t care. However, with the Arab Spring and the Egyptian revolution, a new way to use social networks appeared.
In 2011 during the Arab Spring, Egyptians took place on the Tahrir place in Cairo and have filmed what happened with cameras then they put it on a USB Key and sold it to the worldwide medias to an expensive price and became rich. Some of them have posted videos on Facebook to show to everybody what really happened. Facebook was very used by activists to organize protests. This new way is called « cyberwarfare » and it’s currently used in Syria by rebels and also during the Israeli-Palestinian war.
If we take the example of Syria it’s a little bit different from the Arab Spring. Except the use of Facebook to organize protests like Egyptians, the rebels also use this social network to form. Indeed, they are outgunned, but they also lack training. Most of them are not professional soldiers. So, they don’t hesitate to exchange videos and tips on Facebook. It’s also a good way for them to recruit new person for their army.To ensure the security of Syrian rebels there is a group of young hacker pro-Bashar al-Assad, others as more experienced hackers. In any case, this Syrian Electronic Army is able to attack websites in order to divert or recover data. They already attacked medias like BBC and AL Jazeera. Face of such facts, we can say that they transformed social networks to a new real weapon that didn’t exist during the WW2.
The good thing with the concept of cyberwarfare is that is easy to stay inform of what happen and to be connected directly to the world without TV or others medias which don’t often show us the truth of the facts. To my mind, the problem with this new way of communication is when all these conflicts are imported in others countries as we could see it in France this summer with a lot of protests and aggressivity concerning the Israeli Palestinian war.
So, is it a good or bad way to use of social networks ?