Cyberactivism in Egypt: a new social movement


Sherif Azer


The emergence of cyberactivists in Egypt gave rise to a new form of activism. Experiencing and admiring these activists made me wonder how this group which was empowered with only a simple weapon – their keyboards – could cause such a stir in the public opinion and effectively put pressure on the Egyptian government. While moving away from their computers and into the streets of Cairo, Egyptian cyberactivists began to search and monitor “every corner” of the Egyptian society, and they began to call for fundamental changes to the society. Although coming from various backgrounds, their common goal united them, and Egyptian cyberactivists began to create a new social movement, unprecedented in the history of Egypt. This movement refused to accept unjust political and social conditions in the society. Their opinions challenged many taboos of the society, and they exposed many forms of corruption inherent in the current regime. In light of the power and potential of the movement, as well as its key characteristics, the movement of Egyptian cyberactivists arguably constitutes a new social movement as defined by various scholars of sociology. Understanding the movement of Egyptian cyberactivist as a new social movement will likely open the door to further studies of this movement. Such studies will hopefully address some of the questions which will remain unanswered by this paper.


Law Department

Degree Name

MA in International Human Rights Law

Date of Award


Online Submission Date

May 2013

First Advisor

Sondergaard, Elna

Committee Member 1

Abu-Odeh, Lama

Committee Member 2

Lesch, Ann

Document Type



63 p.


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