Information as a Weapon: Social Media, the Arab Spring and Beyond

Organized by Will McEniry
Would the Arab Spring have been possible without social media? There has been much debate over exactly what role Twitter, YouTube and Facebook played during the momentous events beginning in January 2011.

The Young Professionals Forum of the Australian Institute of International Affairs Victoria is proud to host two experts to discuss the use of ‘new media’ during the Arab Spring and its role in past, present and future conflicts.

• Dr Saba Bebawi: Media researcher and lecturer at Swinburne University. Former journalist for Radio Jordan, CNN and Dubai TV. Co-author of the book “Social Media and Politics of Reportage: The Arab Spring”.

• David Wright-Neville: One of Australia’s foremost experts on terrorism. Senior international risk analyst at Globe Communications. Former intelligence analyst at the Office of National Assessment.

This is a public event open to all AIIA members and non-members.

Wednesday, 30 October 2012, 6pm – 7:30pm
Dyason House, 124 Jolimont Road, East Melbourne

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Food and refreshments will be served.

Pre-payment welcome or payment at the door:
AIIA members $20
Non-members $30
Student non members $15
Student AIIA members $10
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