Social media: Is it the 21 Century’s Che Guevara?

22nd June 2011

Hillary Clinton's senior adviser for innovation told a conference organised by The Guardian newspaper that the internet has become "the Che Guevara of the 21st century".

Ross is reported as saying "dictatorships are now more vulnerable than ever" because of the ability of social media to empower and help organise disaffected citizens.

Ross said the internet was "wildly disruptive" during the protests in Egypt and Tunisia and that "dictatorships are now more vulnerable than they have ever been before, in part – but not entirely – because of the devolution of power from the nation state to the individual."

Ross said that the internet had "acted as an accelerant" in the Arab spring uprisings and "facilitated leaderless movements," making it the "Che Guevara of the 21st century".

However, he said it was a "bridge too far" to describe the Egyptian uprising as a "Facebook revolution".

So what do you think, is the internet a social revolutionary or a social tool for revolutionaries? Have your say below.

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