Onnik Krikorian's Blog Posts Tagged 'Social Media' (8)

Conflict Voices is now peace.oneworld.am


Ahead of the Kazan meeting between the Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents, although it's by no means clear what will happen (and when) even if the Basic Principles are signed, Conflict Voices is now http://peace.oneworld.am. Please update your…


Added by Onnik Krikorian on June 23, 2011 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

The novelty, noise, and problem with Twitter: An example from Azerbaijan

Channel 4 anchorman Jon Snow leading the Amnesty International UK campaign

in support of Azerbaijani journalist and prisoner of conscience Eynulla Fatullayev

In a previous post I praised the use of Twitter in…


Added by Onnik Krikorian on May 28, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments

Exposing networks on Facebook: An example from the Caucasus

Recent events in the Middle East and North Africa have highlighted the potential use of online social networks for activism, but they have also added weight to personal and security concerns. In a recent interview with Radio Free Europe, for example, Evgeny Morozov even argues that internal security agencies might actually welcome the use of Facebook precisely because whole…


Added by Onnik Krikorian on March 2, 2011 at 2:30am — 3 Comments

In praise of Twitter Diplomacy

At the beginning of last year, Transitions Online (TOL) published an article of mine as part of a small project documenting positive examples of ethnic Armenian-Azeri coexistence in Georgia. Ironically, even though Facebook had been the main focus of the article, TOL decided to publish it under the…


Added by Onnik Krikorian on February 20, 2011 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

Cyber Skeptics, Cyber Utopians, Bridge Bloggers, and Personal Security Concerns...

The argument between the cyber-skeptics and the cyber-utopians seems to be getting ever more intense of late, with the former seemingly being afforded the most exposure. Perhaps that's only fair given the amount of positive press given to the cyber-utopians over the years. However, that doesn't mean it's the absolute truth even if only natural thanks to many media reports which naively presented a brave new world of social justice and freedom ushered in by the advent of blogs, Twitter and…


Added by Onnik Krikorian on January 23, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments

Diversifying Information in Cross-Border Communication & Peace Building Initiatives

In my last post I touched upon the issue of language in cross-border projects intended to encourage and facilitate discussion and dialogue between Armenians and Azerbaijanis. However, even when taken into account, that doesn't mean that online platforms are going to be effective, especially when Internet penetration remains low in the region. Costs are coming down, of course,…


Added by Onnik Krikorian on January 2, 2011 at 5:30am — 9 Comments

Skype in Conflict Zones: An example from the Caucasus

In a situation where Armenia and Azerbaijan are meant to be negotiating to end the conflict over the disputed territory of Nagorno Karabakh, civil society should be very active. However, it doesn't appear as though it is, and not least because few people actually believe that a breakthrough is possible, especially when cross-border activities are far simpler to conduct in the area of Armenia-Turkey relations. Indeed, and to be quite frank, it is difficult to consider that much is going on at…


Added by Onnik Krikorian on December 30, 2010 at 12:00pm — 15 Comments

Online Social Networking in Activism: A Quick Look at Diaspora

When Adnan Hajizade and Emin Milli, two video blogging youth activists in Azerbaijan, were detained on trumped up charges in Baku, the country's capital, supporters and friends naturally used Facebook to campaign for their release. Indeed, one contact started to add pretty much everyone she could find to the…


Added by Onnik Krikorian on December 28, 2010 at 4:00am — 1 Comment

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