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Web users mobilizes for the Sri Lanka election

In this edition, the online mobilisation for the Sri Lankan Presidential elections and US net users critical of Barack Obama’s achievements.

Sri Lanka : Presidential elections


Sri Lanka is holding its first peacetime Presidential elections. During the campaign, outgoing President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, and his ex-army chief, the former general Sarath Fonseka, the two main candidates, both claimed victory against the Tamil rebellion, putting an end to thirty seven years of conflict. A campaign which was held in a tense climate during which the web mobilised.


 

This Sri Lankan Twitter user remarks that on Monday over 800 incidents were reported.


 

Incidents recorded by this centre, which published an interactive map, created using Google Maps, and revealing cases of electoral violence across the country. Threats, assassination attempts and aggressive attitudes by some activists were all reported.

 

The two candidates both used the technological tools available to them. Youtube, Facebook and Twitter. A classical yet efficient trio, only when used correctly.

 

According to this net user, who analysed the candidates’ strategies, the outgoing President, Mahinda Rajapaksa’s web team was omnipresent on line. But it failed to galvanise net users or to set up supporters groups. He recalls that the web should not only serve to transmit messages, it must also allow mobilisation and recruitment.


 

Obama's state of the Union speech

 

One year after his arrival at the White House, the popularity of the US President is at an all time low. And on the eve of the traditional State of the Union address, Barack Obama’s detractors are having a field day online, criticising his first year of mandate. 

 

This blogger offers a few ironic pieces of advice to the President, prior to his speech to the two chambers meeting in Congress. He suggests that the President should avoid mentioning his setbacks and goes on to read out a long list, including his management of the Iranian crisis, the failed recovery of the economy and the fact that the 2016 Olympic Games were lost.


 

The director of this ironic video is also very critical of the President’s achievements. Here, Barack Obama dressed up as the Joker recalls all the campaign promises he broke and warns the US people that change will not happen overnight.


 

Meanwhile the group, ‘American Solutions’, created by Republican, Newt Gingrich invites net users to rally on the occasion of the state of the Union address. He urges them to send messages to the President, who is described as being too switched off from reality to address the people’s real concerns.

 

And the Republican Party is not being outdone in the criticism stakes. It is broadcasting in particular this video online, a video heralding the end of the Obama era, just one year after his election.


 

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