Originally Posted: September 20, 2011 2:19:05 PM CDT
By: Eliza Arnold
I found this article (Tweeting to Electoral Victory In China? Maybe Not by: Louisa Lim) on NPR’s website (you can also listen to it on ‘all things considered’) and I think it shows another side to the impact of information technology for development. Information and communication technology for development does not have to refer only to developing countries, but can also be very useful in the development of free speech in authoritarian governments. This article talks about the impact twitter has had on the ability of chinese citizens to run for government elections. The chinese government closely manages the internet, but with sites like Twitter and Weibo, which are more mobile and harder to track, many citizens have been able to run as independent candidates for elections.