Ari posted a link to this article about protestors in Moldova organizing using Twitter and text messages. There are so many fascinating things about this, but I’ll just note three: 1) this sounds alot like Jalele’s text message paper, except adding the component of Twitter, 2) these networking technologies are increasingly making it difficult for authoritarian governments to prevent mass demonstrations (anyone know any research on the specific question of effects of large demonstrations on authoritarian legitimacy?), and 3) many of the recent democratic transitions in Eastern Europe were catalyzed by fraudulent vote counts, as Moldova allegedly experienced Sunday.
On the other hand, of course, only Belarus experiences more direct Russian influence in their policy, and I’m sure Russia will do everything in their power to prevent this from turning into a democratic transition. It will be very interesting to watch this unfold.