Digital Policy Council Identifies Facebook as the Tool of Choice For Political
Leaders Seeking to Influence and Inform
In the new report “Facebook: A Platform for 21st Century Politics, Winning Hearts and Minds
on the World Wide Web,” The Digital Policy Council looks at political activism on the Internet,
focusing on how social media is being used by moderate Muslim leaders across the Middle East
and Asia to define 21st Century politics and what implications this may have on Western foreign
Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) April 28, 2010 -- “Facebook: A Platform for 21st Century Politics, Winning Hearts
and Minds on the World Wide Web” is a new report from The Digital Policy Council (DPC), an international,
non-partisan advocacy group that promotes good governance and sound policy-making around the world through
the use of the Internet and Web 2.0.
With approximately 1.5 Billion people adhering to the principles of Islam, the report focuses one of today's
burning questions, of great concern at home and across the West, what impact will the use of the World Wide
Web by Muslim leaders have on one-quarter of the world’s population? The report investigates how leaders in the
Middle East and broader Muslim world are using the Internet as an increasingly popular platform for political
activism as both incumbent and opposition leaders along with many grassroots activists are starting to recognize
the power of the Web.
In a phenomenon known as ‘Government 2.0,’ political leaders are creating information programs on the Internet
that provide an increased level of transparency that in turn enables citizens to collaborate more openly in the
making of public policy. “Facebook: A Platform for 21st Century Politics” identifies progressive government
leaders such as Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri who are harnessing the power of the Web for
communication, information-sharing, and connecting with their local populace.
But what is of particular interest is that The Digital Policy Council’s resea