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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 […]

The Revolution Will Be Televised – and Tweeted

Posted February 10th, 2011 at 10:56 pm (UTC-4)

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)

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 […]

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