In 2011, Hosni Mubarak, the dictator of Egypt, was deposed after Facebook and Twitter were both used to consolidate enough people who were against then President Mubarak in flurry of activity which led to public demonstrations and – very quickly – the toppling of this man’s leadership.
The internet, and (especially) – Facebook and Twitter and other social network sites allow us to build psychological profiles of everyone who uses it.
And in Egypt’s case.
All it took was five hackers who could get access to all the social networks and who were computer savvy to do the research to find 30,000 people in or around Cairo in late 2010. These individuals need merely have demonstrated, repeatedly, convicted and strong opinions against Mr Mubarak.
Then. The snowball starts the avalanche.
The hackers ‘plant stories’ popping up in people’s social networking feeds about a protest.
And in a country of 82 million.
You don’t need a majority vote to change politics.
You merely need five clever hackers who understand social networks and psychology and supply side economics – who can then target a specific market.
Who can then motivate 30,000 people to take to the streets.
And 3 months later. Topple a dictator with a track record of humanitarian abuses who had been in office for nearly thirty years.
Here’s the story about Mubarak’s exit from power.
Leading a team of 5 hackers.
Can quite literally take down an entire government with ease. Or is that has? Hmm…
Without firing a single shot.
In today’s information day and age. You do not need militaries to depose dictators.
There are far less expensive options.