Tweeting for Peace in Iraq?

US asks social media, tech execs to help build transparency, fight corruption
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Apr 21, 2009 2:50 PM CDT
President Barack Obama meets with Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, April 7, 2009.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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(Newser) – Iraqi lawmakers tweeting during sessions? YouTube campaign videos? Execs from communications and social media firms, including the likes of Google, AT&T, YouTube, MeetUp, and Twitter are in Iraq this week at the behest of the State Department. Their mission: to consider how their tools might be used to boost transparency, battle corruption, and bring people together in the fledgling democracy, Reuters reports.

“As Iraqis think about how to integrate new technology as a tool for smart power, we view this as an opportunity to invite the American technology industry to be part of this creative genesis,” says a State rep.