Quotation Bernroider, Edward and Harindranath, G. and Kamel, Sherif. 2016. A Comparative Analysis of Social Media Platforms and the Effects of the Internet Cut-Off for Egypt's Social Transformation Movements. International Conference on Information Resources Management (Conf-IRM), Cape Town, South Africa, Südafrika, 18.05-20.05.


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Social media have been implicated in the recent social movements in much of the Arab world. This study examines the use of social media (SM) platforms, namely Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, in the movements that took place in Egypt during 2011-2013. In particular, we explore the relative usefulness of SM affordances for each platform and relate to affordances that were reported to be significant during Egypt’s social transformation movement in a previous study. We also investigate usage levels for each platform over the period of our study and examine how SM users perceived the effects of the Internet cut-off, which blocked access to these platforms for several days at a critical point in the movement. We do so using a survey of university students, who formed a significant group in Egypt’s social movements.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Paper presented at an academic conference or symposium
Language English
Title A Comparative Analysis of Social Media Platforms and the Effects of the Internet Cut-Off for Egypt's Social Transformation Movements
Event International Conference on Information Resources Management (Conf-IRM)
Year 2016
Date 18.05-20.05.
Country South Africa
Location Cape Town, South Africa

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Bernroider, Edward (Details)
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Harindranath, G. (Royal Holloway University of London, School of Management, United Kingdom)
Kamel, Sherif (The American University in Cairo, Egypt)
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Information Systems and Operations DP (Details)
Institute for Information Management and Control IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
1146 Management information systems (Details)
1161 Human-computer interaction (Details)
2948 Information society (Details)
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