DigiActive Post: Bangladesh elections and microblogging

by Kate Brodock on 2 January 2009

Posted in: Outreach

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I just completed a post at DigiActive about the microblogging initiative that took place earlier this week for Bangladesh’s 9th Parliamentary elections.  You can read the post here.

Bangladesh holds a soft spot in my heart.  I spent a summer doing personal research for the Jebsen Center for Counterterrorism on the madrasa system in Bangladesh.  The task was to determine whether some of the same trends we were seeing in Pakistani madrasas, namely that about 5% were used for developing terrorists and terrorist networks, were occurring in neighboring Bangladesh.

Thankfully the trends were not similar, but what was found in the process was that one of the reasons why Bangaldeshi’s don’t resort to terrorism is because their government just plain doesn’t provide the basic needs for their existence.  They’re displeased so much with internal affairs, that thinking globally about terrorist activities under a government that hardly responds to international pressure would simply be a waste of time.  The amount of corruption occuring in the government was extensive enough to where people worried most about getting food on the table and getting money under an ineffective economical structure.

So when I saw this internal initiative by Somewhere In, I couldn’t help but do a personal shout of joy for a move in the right direction.

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