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How does social media keep governments honest?


“We Are All Khaled” is name of the Facebook page that sparked and fueled the revolution in Egypt. The page became the platform to showcase police brutally in Egypt. The page did what the censored media channels were not able to do. It allowed individuals to broadcast, aggregate, and organize the protest against the regime. 

Social media is a natural fit in the fight against corruption. The media allows anonymous individuals to broadcast in real-time, providing a new mechanism to bring to light the extortions and bribes that make their daily lives harder.  Social media provides the means to make our society more accountable and transparent.  No longer do individuals need to rely on big media channels to tell their stories. Today, individuals have become citizen journalists with the power to broadcast, organize and keep government in check.

As Internet penetration grows in our society, we are likely to see more accountability and transparency. Individuals with mobile phones and Internet access are the new face of media, and the new weapons against corruption.

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