Category Archives: Blogs and bloggers

Understanding #amina

On Monday, June 6th, a post appeared on the blog “A Gay Girl in Damascus” announcing that Amina Abdallah Araf al Omari, the “girl” in question, had been kidnapped, possibly by Syrian authorities. Bloggers, including my friend and colleague Jillian … Continue reading

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Who freed Eynulla Fatullayev? And what does his release mean for Twitter activism?

Azerbaijan is far from an easy place to be an independent journalist – the nation ranks 152nd in Reporters Without Borders 2010 survey on press freedom. Even given a hostile press environment, Eynulla Fatullayev has had a particularly rough experience … Continue reading

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Civic Disobedience and the Arab Spring

I spent the past two days in Cambridge, primarily around MIT, and almost exclusively talking about the “Arab Spring” and what we’ve learned about social media and protest in authoritarian states. Early Wednesday morning, the MIT Museum hosted a “soapbox” … Continue reading

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Watching Bahrain through a friend’s eyes, heartbroken

Like anyone else trying to keep track of the revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia, the protests in Libya, Bahrain, Iran, Yemen and elsewhere, a pivotal election in Uganda, the ongoing collapse of the Ivory Coast, I’m feeling a little behind, … Continue reading

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What if Tunisia had a revolution, but nobody watched?

On December 17, a 26 year old Tunisian man named Mohamed Bouazizi reached the end of his rope. An unemployed university graduate, Bouazizi had become a seller of fruits and vegetables in the southern Tunisian town of Sidi Bouzid. When … Continue reading

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“Kenya Matters”

I posted a tweet yesterday afternoon: “The good news: I’ve found the co-working space I’d been searching for. The bad news: it’s in Nairobi.” Beth Kanter speaks at the iHub I’ve spent most of the past two days at the … Continue reading

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Could Canada help release Hossein Derakhshan?

My friend, Canadian/Iranian blogger Hossein Derakhshan has been imprisoned in Iran since November 2008. A few days ago, we got the disturbing news that Tehran’s prosecutor would seek the death penalty for Hossein’s alleged offenses: “collaborating with enemy states, creating … Continue reading

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Learning the Lessons of Bell, CA

I was trying to figure out what “civic media” is the other day. My friend Henry Jenkins helped coin the term – as well as co-founding MIT’s Center for Future Civic Media – and he told me that civic media … Continue reading

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Who to support? Algorithms for World Cup 2010

The 2010 FIFA World Cup starts on Friday, which means that football fans across the world have a difficult task this week: determining who to support. At first glance, this doesn’t seem to be a difficult task – contrarians aside, … Continue reading

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Overcoming apathy through participation? – (not) my talk at Personal Democracy Forum

Micah Sifry, one of the founders of the Personal Democracy Forum conference, asked me to focus my speech at his conference on some of the recent writing I’ve been doing on digital activism and theories of change. Given that provocation, … Continue reading

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