Social media tools for governance and accountability in Egypt
Social Media in the Arab Spring. These new instruments of mass mobilisation and participation captured the imagination of the foreign public almost as much as the objectives of the revolts themselves. Our suggestion, in conjunction with local partners, is to harness the instruments of the revolution to the monitoring of democracy by building local channels of policy accountability. This can be done by using simple mobile and web-based technology to monitor basic delivery of selected services as a means of embedding the processes of democracy and governance in everyday life.
In partnership with Egyptian organisations, this project aims to promote the embedding of a democratic framework by developing one of its key aspects — the habit and capacity to hold policy-makers accountable, through social media and mobile based technology.
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