SpeakUp: Digital activism against corruption in the Arab World
|SpeakUp: Digital activism against corruption in the Arab World|
|Presenter(s)||Marwa Fatafta/ Jillian C York/ Dalia Othman/ Ramy Raoof|
|2017 theme||Regions & Groups|
The current situation in the Arab World is bleak. Authoritarian regimes have returned, mightier and more oppressive. The space for civil society and social justice activists is becoming tighter, if not dangerous. Corruption is on the rise while good governance and transparency remain good concepts on paper. 61% of people in the region believe that corruption has increased in the last year, while 50 million – one in three of the population - had to pay a bribe to have access to a basic service.
On a more hopeful note, the majority of people in the region (58%), especially among the youth, feel empowered to speak up against corruption (as per TI latest study on people and corruption in the Arab World). The sense of courage to speak up for social justice in the region must be wielded. The Arab Spring was known for a time as the social media uprising because of the role the Internet played in helping to coordinate and galvanise the protests. No wonder the authoritarian regimes that have returned in the region are making it harder for critics to organise any protests collectively using technology.
Nevertheless, where there is a will there is a way. This session will explore how technology is evolving and what potential it has in the fight against corruption in the MENA region.
|Target Groups||Journalists, Software Developers, Security Trainers, Designers, Usability, Advocacy/Policy Professional, Communications Professionals, Academia, Front Line Activists|