ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Arab Dictatorships under Fire in the New Information Age

Tens of thousands of Tunisians came out on to the streets and overthrew a dictatorship that had been in power for two decades. What took place in Tunisia is only the first step in a mass movement for change within the wider Arab world and beyond where dictators rule. The Information Age that we live in has provided young people everywhere with new means to organise and control their own media.

Facebook and SMS messages on mobile phones helped Tunisian young people organise an unprecedented revolution, which led to the overthrow of the 23-year-old Zine Abidine Ben Ali dictatorship and Ben Ali’s flight with parts of his family to Saudi Arabia.

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