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Poster Session 1 of 2
Time: 26/Mar/2018: 5:00pm-6:30pm · Location: Ground Floor Lobby Space (Diamond)

The Emergence of Libyan Networked Publics: Social Media Use during and after the Libyan Uprising

Skina Musbah Ehdeed, Jo Bates, Andrew Cox

University of Sheffield, United Kingdom

It is often claimed that social media sites such as Facebook played a key role during the so-called ‘Arab Spring’. Yet there have been few attempts to track what happened during and after the Libyan uprising, and how social media are – and are not - contributing to the development of revolutionary and post-revolutionary public sphere in the Libyan context. In Libya, there was an explosive growth in social media use during the post-uprising period. This rapid growth could be seen to potentially form the basis for the emergence of a new democratic, networked public sphere. By engaging with different conceptualizations and various critiques of Habermas’[1] public sphere concept, this study aims to explore the nature of emergent Libyan digital publics, and their possible role in transforming the Libyan public sphere.

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