The Tunisian Revolution: A 2.0 Revolution

21 October 2015. From 18:30 | Conference | French | IEMed, Barcelona
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The revolution in Tunisia has been presented as a 2.0 revolution or a Facebook revolution. To what degree is this statement true? Is it enough to communicate well to bring down a dictatorial regime? It is true that communication through social networks played a very important role during the events that led to the fall of Ben Ali, but what is the role of social networks in the democratic transition and in the establishment of democracy? years after the dictator’s departure?

Lina Ben Mhenni is a Tunisian activist, blogger, journalist and linguistics assistant at the University of Tunis. She studied in the United States between 2008 and 2009 under the Fullbright program, and taught Arabic at Tufts University. Influenced by her experiences abroad, she meets with other Tunisian bloggers who are fighting for freedom of expression and human rights in her country. Her blog “A Tunisian Girl” is censored and banned during the Ben Ali regime. Given the importance that the blog acquired during the 2010-2011 Tunisian revolution, they call it “the voice of the Tunisian revolt” while suffering repression.



Antoni Castel

Professor UAB

Lina Ben Mhenni

Professor Université de Tunis