Online Communities, Conflict, and Diaspora: The Case of South Sudanese Women
The Internet has the ability to change perspectives and views, particularly through giving voice to the views of people who are not in authoritative positions. Its strongest impact lies in the fact that it has the ability to reduce inequalities among participants in the public sphere. A large number of South Sudanese women in the diaspora have become influential commentators and participants on social media and online communities. They have garnered many followers from both genders and have become “influencers” whose views transcend geographic boundaries. The following chapter examines the online role played by South Sudanese women as they shed light on aspects of the new conflict and humanitarian crisis in South Sudan that would otherwise be underreported or neglected by mainstream media.
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