A draft Mission Statement has been crowdsourced, and the discussions in the group have provided all members with great insight on the issues at hand, and the need to demonstrate for actionable items in the short term, while we lobby for the implementation of Law 431 in the long term.
previous post on #FlipTheSwitch campaign can be found here: >>> click
Alongside this campaign, two other campaigns flourished:
#Ontornet & #FastLebanon
#Ontornet is run by respected, neutral people in the Twitterverse. Their objectives are: research, share, create awareness, build momentum, trigger mass reactions to build pressure to implement fast internet & monitor
#FastLebanon on the other hand has proven to be very sinister, here's my story with them:
Upon creating the #FlipTheSwitch campaign, I was approached by #FastLebanon repeatedly to join their cause. They insisted that I join their ranks, and support their 20,000+ strong Facebook community. Naturally, I was skeptical, as #FastLebanon was spending thousands of dollars on their campaign, participating in high profile conferences like ArabNet, and would not divulge their sources of funding, or the identity of their leaders, even after repeated requests for more information. Something just felt wrong, so I chose to hold off on working with them, even though I "Like"d their Facebook page.
Shortly thereafter, I began receiving Facebook messages from them insisting that I join their ranks, and that they knew my friends, etc. I did not respond, as I found them to be too aggressive for my taste, particularly the referencing of friends and whatnot. (screenshot below)
Within a couple of days I received a threatening message from them in BOLD letters: "You didn't REPLY back" to which naturally I did not respond, that's just rude!
And that's when things got really ugly... on Sunday, considered quiet family day Lebanese, at 5:02 PM I received a phone call from an unknown number... continued after the jump...