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Can the Internet Really Be Shut?

In the aftermath of Hosni Mubarak’s fall as Egypt’s dictator, Internet experts have begun to examine how the Egyptian government managed to accomplish what many thought impossible – to completely unplug the Internet across the entire country. As the protests continued to build momentum at the end of January, the Egyptian government took increasingly severe

February 1 Morning Links

• Of all the articles I’ve read about the Israeli take on Egypt, Benjamin Kerstein resonates the most. Otherwise, Reuters describes what’s at stake with just the facts. • Is Roger Cohen channeling his inner Sharansky? • A Seattle reader wants my take on yesterday’s WSJ Q&A with Bashar Assad. Since you asked: Assad has

Al-Jazeera, Egypt, and History’s First Draft 2.0

Yesterday, my colleague, Alex Margolin commented on the role of Facebook and Twitter in Egypt’s protests. There’s no question social media is playing a key role. But there’s a facet that needs more scrutiny. The media’s role, specifically Al-Jazeera. George Washington U. professor Marc Lynch would call it not a “Twitter Revolution,” but more accurately,

Planning a Revolution? Use Facebook or Twitter?

Did social media bring down Tunisian dictator Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali two weeks ago or force Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to appoint a successor? Well, no. But it clearly played some role in the unrest in both countries. Social media, and particularly Twitter, came into public consciousness two years ago when protestors in Iran turned

Bad Day For a Meeting

When I scheduled a meeting with HonestReporting’s wunderkind graphic designer to make a mockup of what Backspin will look like (this is not the final look), nobody had an inkling that a decade’s worth of Palestinian documents would be leaked to the press, and that Hezbollah would choose Lebanon’s next Prime Minister all in the

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