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Internet Silence In Syria – UPDATED

Posted November 29th, 2012 at 3:55 pm (UTC-4)

Claims That “Terrorists” Cut The Web Fall Flat Doug Bernard | Washington DC Update December 3, 1330 UTC: Renesys’ Jame Cowie writes on the company blog that Internet service has been almost fully restored in Syria. Traffic began flowing into and out of Syria at 4:30pm Damascus time on Saturday afternoon: “The restoration was achieved […]

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Spying Online In Syria

Posted June 7th, 2012 at 11:09 am (UTC-4)

Damascus Mines The Web To Target Activists Doug Bernard | Washington DC As the situation and armed conflicts in Syria enter a new period of uncertainty and militarization, it increasingly appears the same may well be said about Syria’s Internet. Of course, it’s old news to say that Damascus restricts citizen’s access to the web […]

Soundtracks For Autocrats

Posted March 26th, 2012 at 1:37 pm (UTC-4)
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And Dialing Back On Kony 2012 And Virality Doug Bernard | Washington DC 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: What’s Playing On Bashar’s iPod? Over the […]

Lying Liars Online

Posted June 14th, 2011 at 5:05 pm (UTC-4)
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Old Questions About Truthfulness in the Internet Era Her name was Amina Abdallah Arraf al-Omani, Amina for short, and for several days she was headline news.   As author of the blog “A Gay Girl in Damascus,” Araf wrote about the conflicts of living as a U.S.-born lesbian in Syria.  But now she was part of […]

UPDATE: Syria Cuts The Internet

Posted June 3rd, 2011 at 2:02 pm (UTC-4)

Why Nations Block The Web, And What May Follow UPDATE: 1500 hours UTC Friday: Earlier we posted about the near flat-lining of Internet traffic within Syria, wondering whether Damascus was adopting a tactic tried earlier this year by Egypt.  As detailed earlier this year, Egyptian authorities squeezed the Border Gateway Protocols – the road maps […]

Syria’s Internet Hijack

Posted May 12th, 2011 at 4:35 pm (UTC-4)

Using a “Man-in-the-Middle” to Target Activists Given the civil unrest roiling the Middle East, Syria’s recent decision to unblock Facebook seemed…well, puzzling.  After all that’s been made of the social network’s role in helping organize the Egyptian and Tunisian uprisings, why would Damascus choose this moment to open it up? Perhaps now we have the […]

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