For years I have followed the travails of Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyii and along with the much of the world was overjoyed at her recent release. I began to think of what we have been studying about the debate and scholarship about (Castells’ idea of public shere, and others) communication networks and mobile telephony and its ability to galvanize people into action against oppressive or corrupt regimes. Additionally, how individuals have used ICTs to mobilize their communities, civil society and ordinary citizens to push for social change. More than that, it’s also put on notice governments such as Myannmar’s military junta that a power shift is possible (and hopefully imminent) with the sustained, unrelenting support and it won’t be business as usual with people’s lives and freedom. Much has changed since The Lady’s arrest and 21st century technology has certainly placed a great deal of power in the hands of citizen activist. I wanted to share this Time article, with these thoughts in mind. Hope you enjoy!
Free Again, Can “The Lady” Still Rally Burma’s Opposition?