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The Revolution Will Be Televised – and Tweeted

Posted February 10th, 2011 at 10:56 pm (UTC-4)
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Who Got The News First…And Who Got It Right? UPDATE 11:05am ET: Today’s announcement from Vice President Omar Suleiman Friday that Hosni Mubarak was stepping down from the Presidency was transmitted instantaneously via the ‘old’ and ‘new’.  TV news channels over the world carried the announcement from Egyptian State TV live, and the Internet lit […]

Arabs Find – and Lose – Their Voice Online

Posted February 4th, 2011 at 3:34 pm (UTC-4)
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Digital Connections Sprout in a Difficult Environment The images collected over the last two months have been nothing if not compelling. Masses of Tunisians surrounding government office buildings as President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali flees the nation.  Thousands of Yemenis filling the streets of Sanaa to protest the rule of President Ali Abdullah Saleh.  […]

Egypt Comes Back Online

Posted February 2nd, 2011 at 1:25 pm (UTC-4)
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The Internet Fights Back Against a Blackout, and Wins Early reports Wednesday morning are that Egyptian ISPs have reversed course and are once again making Egypt visible to the Internet. The Renesys Corporation, which was the first to note and track Egypt’s erasing of the BGP maps into and out of the nation, is now […]

Erasing Egypt from the Net – Updated

Posted January 31st, 2011 at 4:47 pm (UTC-4)
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And How Low-Tech is Being Enlisted in a High-Tech Battle UPDATE #1: Mobile Phone Service Returning: News organizations are reporting that mobile phone service is beginning to return in Cairo and some other cities.  Earlier, mobile providers like Vodafone had been ordered by government officials to suspend service to the cities of Cairo, Suez and […]

Facts and Rumors in Egypt

Posted January 27th, 2011 at 4:17 pm (UTC-4)
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Is Egypt Blocking  Social Media?  Or Is It Not That Simple? Friday UPDATE: Shortly before midnight local time on Thursday, Egyptian officials ordered nearly all Internet and mobile phone service shut off across the nation.  Officials at several ISPs and mobile service providers, such as Vodafone, issued statements explaining their actions by order of Egyptian […]

Are Nations Worried About the Internet?

Posted January 25th, 2011 at 3:08 pm (UTC-4)
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New Signals that Governments Might Crack Down on the Web Swiftly moving events in Tunisia continue to challenge headlines’ ability to keep up.   And now come signs that what’s happening there may be presenting challenges in the minds of leaders of neighboring states, and elsewhere as well. At the recent Arab Economic Summit held […]

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Are Blogs to Blame for the Jasmine Revolution?

Posted January 20th, 2011 at 3:24 pm (UTC-4)
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The Role the Internet Did – And Didn’t – Play In Tunisia’s Turmoil Like any revolution, a host of factors can help explain the fall of long-time Tunisian ruler Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali.  Faltering economic conditions, decades of autocratic rule and media suppression and a civic culture of corruption and nepotism are but a few.  […]

Google Goes Back to Iran

Posted January 19th, 2011 at 1:08 pm (UTC-4)
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“We want the people of Iran to have access to the same information as people in other countries in the world.” – Scott Rubin, Google

Trafficked, and Trapped, Online

Posted December 27th, 2010 at 2:54 pm (UTC-4)
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Escaping a Virtual Sex Trade Jason Strother | Seoul North Koreans continue to flee their impoverished homeland in search of food and to escape political oppression. Christian missionaries have been at the forefront of the effort to bring these defectors to South Korea. But the work is difficult because of China’s crackdown on those who […]

Wikileaks and the Right to Know

Posted December 22nd, 2010 at 1:38 pm (UTC-4)
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Does National Security Trump Freedom of the Press? Elizabeth Lee | Washington Sensitive information released by the Wikileaks website has generated a  heated debate in the United States: should the news media publish  classified information, and does it compromise national security?  And who decides? Those questions, and others, after the jump.

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