The revolution will be whatsapped

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What happens when a militant organization fighting a revolution for over 50 years in remote tropical jungles suddenly has to adapt to the largely urban and increasingly digital world of modern politics? Former FARC guerrillas are using social media to communicate with one another, the media and ordinary Colombians. As civilian politicians, FARC leaders rely on social media platforms to campaign on social justice issues. Low connectivity keeps the poorest Colombians off the tech grid. They are the FARC’s natural constituency. Dawn breaks in Icononzo, a cold and isolated place high in the Andes mountains of central Colombia, and a...

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