The election results came as a suprise to many people. And now Hamdeen Sabbahi and Amr Moussa are claiming that at least 90,000 votes are not legitimate. Protestors are taking to the street calling to canel the results, while gunfire is going off in Sinai. How much insight can social media offer to help understand what is going on in Egypt on the ground right now?
You can read VJ Um Amel’s thoughts on Egypt’s Elections and actually interact with the data on Jadaliyya. The article includes 10 interactive graphs that chart over 2 million tweets on the elections in Arabic and English, including one that allows you to sift through over 2,000 tweets yourself.
VJ Um Amel is a digital artist, PhD candidate, and the creator of R-Shief – a virtual lab that collects and analyzes content from the Internet using swarm computing. Focused on the Arab world, her doctoral work maps the Arab revolutions through semantic analysis of social media feeds in Arabic, Persian, French, English, Spanish, German, and Urdhu. She has shown at the San Francisco MoMA, National Gallery of Art in Jordan, Camera Austria, Cultura Digital in Brazil, DC Fridge Art Gallery, Tech@State, @100Copies Music Space, The Levantine Cultural Center, The Arab American National Museum, +.