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Keeping eye on democracy movements and ongoing democratization efforts throughout the world
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You've Got Mail

You've Got Mail | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

Perhaps the worst part of going online in China is the uncertainty. One day, jasmine is a flower. The next day it's a revolution, and a banned search word. Even with a laptop that connects to a VPN — a virtual private network, which for a fee is supposed to enable users to circumvent the Great Firewall — I can't access Facebook or other banned sites in my Beijing apartment.

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Syria's protesters turn to Facebook to expose 'citizen spies'

Syria's protesters turn to Facebook to expose 'citizen spies' | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Activists use the internet to find and unmask those they suspect of reporting their neighbours to security forces...
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Spam Bots Flooding Twitter to Drown Info About #Syria Protests

After recent protests demanding freedom and democracy in Syria and the regime's brutal crackdown started, information warfare has been taking place on twitter.
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How Social Networks Can Empower Enemies of Freedom

How Social Networks Can Empower Enemies of Freedom | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Social networks might promote democracy, but they also empower the enemies of freedom. In this week's Newsweek, Niall Ferguson looks at how the power of online networking is used by all sides in battles of democracy.
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Lawrence Solomon: Arab world’s Steve Jobs need freedom

Lawrence Solomon: Arab world’s Steve Jobs need freedom | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Syrians, and Arabs in general, are proud to learn that Steve Jobs had a Syrian biological father, calling him “the most famous Arab in the world.” But the pride is often touched with lament.
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If Syrian protests and violence continues, why is Syria no longer trending? - What's Trending - CBS News

If Syrian protests and violence continues, why is Syria no longer trending? - What's Trending - CBS News | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Protests in Syria continue amidst violence and death, but it appears the West has stopped paying attention Read more by Erik Tavcar on CBS News' What's Trending.
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Syrian Conflict Played Out on Social Media

Syrian Conflict Played Out on Social Media | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
I first began to notice how widespread human rights abuses were in Syria when I was a student in Damascus. I remember one day seeing a group of security officers beating up a traffic policeman on the street, in public, just because they disagreed with the way he was regulating the traffic.
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A Middle-Class Revolutionary of Tahrir Square

A Middle-Class Revolutionary of Tahrir Square | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
In the United States, a Facebook group is more often than not a limited-liability convergence of weak, casual social ties. In Egypt, and elsewhere in the volatile world, a Facebook group may be a conspiracy so large as to warrant being called a pact.
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