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Breaking the Cycle of Internet Repression

Timothy Karr | Posted 07.07.2014 | Technology
Timothy Karr

It's both the best of times and the worst of times for the free speech rights the network is supposed to support. To break the cycle of repression we must look more closely at the tools protesters and reporters use and ask whether they further the cause of freedom, or just make speakers more vulnerable.

Who Cut Egypt's Internet?

Daniel Nisman | Posted 05.28.2013 | World
Daniel Nisman

Here are three possible motives which may decipher who aspired to cut off Egypt's communications.

What Is the Arab Third Estate?

Uriel Abulof | Posted 01.03.2012 | World
Uriel Abulof

For two long centuries, the Arab Middle East has struggled to meet the challenge of modernity, a task exacerbated by the lingering, and increasing, dissonance between the glorious past and the shameful present.

Clinton's "Long Game" Advancing Internet Freedom

Monroe Price | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Monroe Price

There's now an incipient tradition: an annual Clinton Internet-celebrating speech. Mobilization, demonstration, action -- these, Secretary Clinton seems to conclude -- are the consequence of a system of approaches.

Egypt Government Found 'Off' Switch For Internet

New York Times | JAMES GLANZ and JOHN MARKOFF | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Epitaphs for the Mubarak government all note that the mobilizing power of the Internet was one of the Egyptian opposition's most potent weapons. But q...

Being There: Kristof's Game Changing View from Egypt's Streets

Bill Lichtenstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Bill Lichtenstein

Proof there's hope. Nick Kristof walked the streets of Cairo for days, and writes of the needed paradigm shift in the attitudes of Americans regarding the Middle East.

Egypt and Human Rights in the Digital Age

Aron Cramer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Aron Cramer

The recent developments in Egypt have provided hope for all of us who believe in democracy, human rights and the rule of law, as well as new material for the "cyber-optimists" versus "cyber-skeptics" debate.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Arianna Huffington

In response to Mubarak stepping down, President Obama delivered a pitch perfect speech calling for "nothing less than genuine democracy," not just a government aligned with U.S. interests. There will be many foreign policy takeaways from Egypt, but here's an obvious one: invading a country, toppling its regime, destroying civil society, and then trying to put all the pieces back together with a ten-year occupation and a few trillion dollars turns out not to be the only way to increase the spread of democracy in the Middle East. Wired was more effective than warred. People can now connect to each other faster than any government can connect with its people. And while governments may be able to shut down the hardware, they can't shut off the social effects of digital networks. Any leader who doesn't understand this dynamic should book a room next to wherever Mubarak is heading.

Egypt's Community Organizers Teach the World a Lesson

Marwan Bishara | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Marwan Bishara

Over the last few days, I have watched and spoke to many community organizers taking center-stage in Tahrir Square. One of these coalition builders is George Ishak.

Egypt: The King's Speech Where Everyone Is King

Charlie Firestone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Charlie Firestone

While the radio of the 1930's was the stammering George VI's proving ground, today we see new media amplifying the "king's speech" in Egypt. Except this time, the people are "king."

Egyptian and American Democracy: Information Please

Frederick Thomas | Posted 06.02.2011 | Media
Frederick Thomas

In an age when most of America recognizes the need to better understand this interconnected world, our media's greatest shortcoming may be its lack of consistent international reporting.

Egyptian Journalists Take a Stand

Mohamed Abdel Dayem | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Mohamed Abdel Dayem

The wave of defiance against entrenched censorship and interference by the state in Egypt is likely to reach a crescendo tomorrow, when journalists are calling for a massive demonstration by media practitioners.

The Resilience of Egypt

Jim Cowie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Jim Cowie

The Egyptian "kill switch" was simultaneously a technical success and a mystifying strategic blunder. Could other governments implement such a kill switch?

Power and Information in Egypt -- and Beyond

Joseph Nye | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Joseph Nye

An information world will require new policies that combine hard and soft power resources into smart power strategies. This is proving a difficult task as the administration tries to walk a tightrope in the Middle East today.

U.S. Has Secret Tools To Force Internet On Dictators | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

When Hosni Mubarak shut down Egypt's internet and cellphone communications, it seemed that all U.S. officials could do was ask him politely to change ...

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Arianna Huffington

With chaos still roiling Egypt, it's hard to tell if this uprising is Iran 1979, China 1989, or East Germany 1989. We'll have to wait and watch before we can know. But it's not too early to know that if America had done more to nurture a moderate opposition for the last 30 years, instead of choosing a strongman who sided with us over uncertain democracy, we might have some better choices right now. More importantly, so would the Egyptian people. Social media is once again playing an integral role in a popular uprising. Mubarak and his saber-wielding thugs have desperately tried to shut down the Internet and the press in a frantic attempt to keep the whole world from watching. But that's so much harder to do in the age of Twitter, Facebook, cell phone cameras, and YouTube uploads. These new media tools will play a key role in determining whether Tahrir Square 2011 is more Berlin Wall or more Tiananmen Square.

Egypt's President Contradicts Himself on Press Freedom

Claude Salhani | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Claude Salhani

When Mubarak went before Egypt to talk, he made a point of stating that he was in favor of freedom of expression. Perhaps he meant it was alright so long as it is his speech and views being expressed.

Egypt: Pulling the Plug on the Internet

Rep. Howard L. Berman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Rep. Howard L. Berman

In response to the Egyptian government's actions, Google and Twitter launched a new service called Speak-to-Tweet.

Egyptians Demonstrate Digital Citizenship

Stephen Balkam | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Stephen Balkam

We in the West and those of us laying the foundational stones for this emerging concept of digital citizenship have much to learn from our Arab friends.

Twitter Users Dismayed With U.S. Response To Egypt

The Huffington Post | Amy Lee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

As the crisis in Egypt continues to provoke a flurry of web conversation, the talk on Twitter has been predominantly negative about the Obama administ...

Connected Arab Youth Are the Secret to Present Uprising

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

The Arab youth of today are connected and determined to take part in deciding their own future. Understanding them and giving them an opportunity to share in power is the only logical way to help find solutions.

Egypt's Facebook Use Skyrockets Following Internet's Return

The Huffington Post | Bianca Bosker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

Use of Facebook by users from Egypt has surged following the restoration of Internet service to the country. Egypt was plunged into an Internet bla...

What it Looked Like When Egypt Came Back Online

Larry Magid | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Larry Magid

A graphic from Renesys says it all, but the net tracking firm also spelled it out: "Egyptian Internet providers returned to the Internet at 09:29:31 UTC (11:29am Cairo time)."

Egypt Returns to the Internet (Chart)

Jim Cowie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Jim Cowie

All major Egyptian ISPs appear to have readvertised routes to their domestic customer networks in the global routing table. We can also confirm that Facebook and Twitter are up and available.

Egypt Internet Returns

Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

Internet access has resumed in the Egyptian cities of Cairo and Alexandria after five days of cut connections, Internet users reported on Wednesday. ...