El Baradei Online Campaign And Aucians

Throughout the student Digital Activism survey, AUC students were asked the following questions:

A. Are you a member of the online groups on Facebook supporting Dr.Elbaradei campaign for presidency?
B. Are you a member of other online group supporting Dr.Elbaradei campaign for presidency not on Facebook?(if yes, which groups/websites)?
C. Does your online support/ membership translate into "real life" support?

From a total of 30 AUC students who answered to the survey, 4 students said that No they were not participate in ElBaradei online campaign, and 4 students said they do, and the 22 students chose to skip the question related to ElBaradei and not to answer it!
A general pattern observed about those who refused to answer whether they are engaged in ElBaradei campaign on campus or not is that they had 2 patterns of answers when asked about whether the issue of privacy concerns them or not: most majority said that yes, it does concern them, and about 4 ignored the privacy question all together.
Those who said that the privacy issue concerns them , when asked why, they all expressed similar concerns about government surveillance. Answers expressed patterns of concerns that the government is oppressive, the government can “get to” anybody, that the internet is monitored, and one student even alluded to the fact that bloggers were arrested before and was charged before of a crime of “public blasphemy of the president”. One very honest student said “ yes, I’m concerned about my online privacy/anonymity, it’s Egypt man, I’m even freaking out as I’m writing this”!
When analyzing these results, we notice that the AUC student community is very un-engaged with the issue of ElBaradei. Only 4 students out of 30, meaning 13.3%, associated themselves with the ElBaradei campaign.
Privacy is an issue that concerns students to a very high degree, even the 13.3% that declared activism related to the ElBaradei campaign and its political implication share the same concerns of privacy with those who chose to skip the question, and those who actively declared that they do not participate in the matter, who are 13.3% as well. Those who participate and/or follow El Baradei campaign said all that they were members of ElBaradei campaign on Facebook, and that they participate in its discussion forums. One of the four students declaring activism in that area also finds that ElBaradei Facebook campaign to be the reason why he/she got a voting card! Apart from that, all the rest do find that their online activism translates into real life activism either because through the group they signed the referendum of change online, propagated by ElBaradei, or that they find that real life activism happens when the awareness is spread through discussion and political dialogue, something that they find not present in “real life” activism.
From the above answered and analysis, we can refer 2 things about AUC students and online activism. First, only 13.3% are politically engaged in such a hot topic like ElBaradei presidential campaigning (which has strong national political effects that go beyond ElBaradei himself or the campaign, as can be seen in the ElBaradei page), and the rest of the 88% are apathetic to such an important topic. From the 86.7% apathetic, only 18% are active enough to declare their apathy in a survey measuring activism.

For further analysis of the political Digital activism situation among AUC students, and possible suggestions to ameliorate the degree of participation and overcome constraints such as privacy and the anonymity scare please visit our findings section, the Political Activism; Challenges and Suggestions page

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