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Thank you, Meghan and students from UR

// Posted by on 04/09/2013 (10:50 PM)

First of all, thank you Dr. Rosatelli for agreeing in making us part of this no-State-or-physical-barriers experiment. My students cannot believe that there was a time where the State acted as an intermediate between two individuals in different countries, for… Read more

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First of all, thank you Dr. Rosatelli for agreeing in making us part of this no-State-or-physical-barriers experiment. My students cannot believe that there was a time where the State acted as an intermediate between two individuals in different countries, for instance, just to make an international phone call.

Now, thanks to new IT movements like Wall Street can give a message “urbi et orbi” (to the city and to the world) immediately. Also, we can communicate with people abroad with no one deciding if they allow us to continue with our message or not. To me, this is what I understand by empowering an individual -the chance of expressing yourself, of acting and reuniting with people like you… freely. Of course, you need more than cellphones to succeed. The #Yosoy132 movement didn’t succeed after the July elections as a national, unified movement, but their demands against telecommunications monopolies have been included in the reforms being discussed in our Congress.

As I said in class to my students, I was not surprised by the Arab Spring because in 2004 I witnessed how young people used their cellphones like any young person in the U.S. or Mexico. What surprised me was their demands for democracy, freedoms, and jobs. Maybe I was as ignorant as anybody else about what Egyptian people wanted there, because nobody said what their really wanted because State censorship. Technology helped Egyptian youth to create a political movement and overthrow Hosni Mubarak. That was an autocratic state that no longer exists because once you get freedom, no one can take it back from you.

Thanks again, Meghan, UR and Tec students.

Gaby De la Paz


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