IB Notes: Ukraine Protests, Part II

For converged communicators who have been following the developing unrest in Ukraine, here’s the latest situation, courtesy of the BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-26244542

The BBC’s link includes live images and analysis as the UK surveys the increasingly chaotic scene.

Fighting in the streets of Kiev (Kyiv) exploded today, with stun guns, water cannons, grenades, and all-out street fighting that culminated in a number of deaths. Obviously, this is major news, with serious implications for domestic security in Ukraine as well as broader relations with Russia and the West.

From a converged communications perspective, we can look at its impact on business, as we’ve discussed in International Business (GEB3373) – the security situation has clearly become far more volatile in the last couple of weeks. We can also see how officials, such as Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, are using Twitter to immediately communicate their reactions to the events. Finally, we can look at how protesters are using today’s social media to coordinate protests, as well as the ways that government authorities are using the same channels to disseminate their own messages.

This news is well worth following in the coming weeks.

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