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Protecting Arabs Online

Posted April 9th, 2011 at 1:48 pm (UTC-4)
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…And Taking Armenia Off Two items recently caught our eye.  There’s not much on our part to add, but in retrospect they both seem to speak to a similar theme – that of how fragile our online worlds can be. First, the nonprofit Access Now – a loose group campaigning for expanded online freedom and […]

Hitting the Panic Button

Posted April 7th, 2011 at 3:30 pm (UTC-4)
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…And Whom It Might Benefit Most There’s been a certain amount of buzz following a series of stories on the development of what’s being termed a “cell phone panic button.”  At first view, it may seem like a sensible, even helpful idea for democracy advocates.  But there are growing worries that it may not just […]

Filtering the Mideast Web

Posted March 28th, 2011 at 3:44 pm (UTC-4)
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And Shuttering One Channel of American Public Diplomacy Paul Sonne and Steve Stecklow at the Wall Street Journal have an eye-opening feature today, and the headline says it all:  “U.S. Products Help Block Mideast Web.” Sonne and Stecklow document how the governments of Bahrain, the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, among others, have been acquiring […]

Alive In Benghazi

Posted March 23rd, 2011 at 2:48 pm (UTC-4)
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Libyans Sharing Stories From The Front Lines The video is as direct as its story is powerful. A young Libyan, Ali Salem Ali Milad Shaoud, looks directly into the camera – and, by extension, into the eyes of everyone watching him online.  He’s wearing a kafiya, a black t-shirt, a green flak vest…and a bandage […]

Virtually Ousting a Dictator

Posted March 10th, 2011 at 1:35 pm (UTC-4)

Video Games Being Used to Teach Non-Violent Civil Disobedience Deborah Block    Washington Popular social networks, such as Facebook and Twitter, played a significant role in organizing the non-violent protests that led to the resignation last month of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Some in Egypt and other parts of the world have also been using other […]

Psychological War, Social-Media Style

Posted March 3rd, 2011 at 5:54 pm (UTC-4)
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“Frenemies” and the Uses, or Abuses, of Social Media We’re currently working on an update of the roiling cyber-theater that is Anonymous vs. HBGary.  Like any great drama the story is complex, has a large cast, and requires time to fully digest.  Sadly we – like many – were a few minutes late to the […]

Taking Credit Where It’s Due

Posted February 25th, 2011 at 1:54 pm (UTC-4)

Are Social Networks Inherently Democratizing? “Libya is not Egypt, it is not Tunisia.”  It’s an observation recently made by many – no less in this quote than by Saif  al-Islam, son of Libyan autocrat Moammar Gadhafi. Unlike Tunisia, there’s less national and more tribal identity in Libya.  Unlike Egypt, there are no strong Libyan institutions […]

Look Who Wants To Be Facebook Friends

Posted February 18th, 2011 at 3:57 pm (UTC-4)
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And Bloggers Pay the Price for Free Speech Online Periodically we like to share a few of the stories and posts from across the web that caught our eye.  There are no editorial threads implied connecting these items together, other than being interesting. #1 Terrorists Move to Social Media.  The open-source group Public Intelligence recently […]

Right, or Wrong, On Internet Freedoms?

Posted February 16th, 2011 at 12:00 am (UTC-4)

“Internet freedom isn’t about any one particular activity online. It’s about ensuring that the internet remains a space where activities of all kinds can take place, from grand, ground-breaking, historic campaigns to the small, ordinary acts that people engage in every day.”

“Internet Rights and Wrongs”

Posted February 15th, 2011 at 5:53 pm (UTC-4)
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UPDATE, 18:30 UTC: There will be a live webchat produced by the US State Department on Sec. Clinton’s “Internet Rights and Wrongs” speech starting at 19 hours UTC.  Guests will include State Department Special Advisor on technology Alec Ross. You can access it by clicking here. 17:00 UTC: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is speaking […]

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