What would you do if the internet was cut from your country?

As a Social Media Trainer with Social Media Exchange, I was invited to represent the NGO in a workshop entitled “Social Media and Alternative Learning tools” which was organized by Nassej CYD, an NGO based in Jordan. The workshop was held in Egypt on May 17, 18 and 19, 2012.

The workshop joined 40 participants from 13 Arab countries: Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. The Participants come from different backgrounds, yet were all activists on Social Media.

The workshop’s aim was to share various experiences and discuss alternative learning tools. Some of the sessions included Digital Security, Citizen Journalism, Open Sources and Collective Knowledge, Enriching the Arabic content online, Linking the activist to the actual ground, and others.

One of the workshop’s aspirations was to come up with various collective activities that serve as workshop deliverables. Since we were in a workshop discussing social media, and since it needs the internet, I was curious to know what several participants would do if the internet was cut from their countries.

I asked several participants, and created this video, check out what some of the participants had to say:

Here are the comments that I received translated to English and in order:

  • “I will do a revolution”
  • “I will feel isolated from the world”
  • “Everything will be destroyed”
  • “Feel as if I am without a hand”
  • “Go to the street”
  • “People will be chocked”
  • “Chaos will reign”
  • “Come back to carrier pigeon “
  • “Either we will do a second revolution or everything else will stop”
  • “Will lose a big part of my life”

Now tell me, what would you do if the internet was cut from your country?

More about my Trip to Egypt:

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