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· January, 2011

Stories about Digital Activism from January, 2011

Iran: Egypt Uprising a Vivid Reminder of Iran's Green Movement

This post is part of our special coverage of Egypt Protests 2011. For several Iranian bloggers, the current Egyptian protests and activist use of social media, is a vivid reminder...

Egypt: Visualizing Topics Shared on Twitter

Twitter has played an instrumental role in keeping the world abreast of the latest developments in Egypt, where demonstrations against the 30-year rule of president Hosni Mubarak have entered their...

Egypt: Videos Are Worth a Million Words

The Egyptian government is bracing itself for a fourth consecutive day of demonstrations. Activists have been circulating pamphlets and sharing videos via the Internet. The government has reacted by shutting...

Cuba: Second Arrest for Fariñas

On learning that Guillermo Fariñas was arrested for a second time in less than 24 hours, Uncommon Sense says: “Nothing is unusual about what is happening…what is unusual is for...

Egypt: Countdown for Day of Rage Continues

Netizens from around the world are holding their breath, as widespread demonstrations are scheduled to begin in Egypt in less than an hour. International support is overwhelming, as well as...

Egypt: Netizens Rise for the Support of Egyptians on their Day of Rage

The countdown for mass protests across Egypt has started, with very little information trickling from the ground after the Egyptian authorities shut down the Internet and virtually all other communication...

Ukraine: YouTube Helps Discipline Traffic Police

Tetyana Bohdanova reports on how Ukrainians are using the Internet to expose unlawful actions committed by traffic police.

Egypt: An Internet Black Hole

Over the past few days, as protesting Egyptians have utilized social media tools for organizing and disseminating information, they've also come across numerous obstacles to access. Tonight, the biggest barrier...

Ukraine: Police Treatment of Foreigners Raises Concerns Ahead of Euro 2012

Tetyana Bohdanova reviews the netizens' reactions to a recent episode of ill-treatment of foreigners by the Ukrainian police, a trend that is especially alarming since Ukraine is currently preparing to...

Ecuador: Blog Competition Focusing on Public Safety

Ecuadorian bloggers are encouraged to participate in a Blog Competition [es] organized by the Guayaquil Canton to, “encourage the use of blogs as a platform for expression of ideas by discussing proposals related to public safety in the canton.” Visit...

Syria: Internet Users Race to Support Egyptian Protesters

As protests to take down the Mubarak regime in Egypt rage on, Syrians are rushing to aid the protesters in every way they can.

Cuba: Fariñas Arrested & Released

Uncommon Sense has been following the recent arrest of Cuban independent journalist Guillermo Fariñas and calls his detainment a “We told you so” moment. He has subsequently been released.

Russia: Domodedovo Bombings Expose Imbalance Between Traditional and Social Media

Social media played a significant role in the coverage of the terrorist attack in Domodedovo International Airport near Moscow. Russian bloggers and journalists discussed the consequences of increasing role of...

Arab World: New Media and the Egyptian Demonstrations

The Arab World is looking in awe at the developments unfolding in Egypt. Today, mainstream media is taking a back seat, while citizen media triumphs. Arab bloggers share their reflections...

Russia: Students Launch Online Map of Illegal Gambling

Students of Saratov University of Technology launched gdecasino.ru, a crowd-sourcing website dedicated to map illegal gambling sites. A representative of Russian police said [RUS] to “Komsomolskaya pravda” newspaper that the website has already helped...

Egypt: Continuous Coverage of the Protests on Facebook

A continuous coverage page is available for the January 25 protests on this April 6 Youth Movement Facebook page (Ar). Reports surfaced today that Facebook was blocked in Egypt.

Iran: A blogger's life in danger

Hrana, human rights activists news agency, reports [fa] that Hossein Maleki Ronaghi ‘s life is in danger and he needs urgent medical care. Hossein Maleki Ronaghi has been sentenced to...

Chile's “Green Revolution”: Fighting Coal Mining in Isla Riesco

Daniel Arellano [es] writes about Chile's “Green Revolution”: Environmental activists and concerned citizens are trying to raise awareness about 5 coal mining projects and the effects they would have on...

Peru: Discussing Gay Marriage During a Presidential Campaign Year

Carlos A. Quiroz discusses gay marriage in Peru in a video in his blog Peruanista [es]. Peruvians are debating equal marriage in the wake of this year's presidential elections.

Bahamas, D.R.: Fish Poaching

Bahama Pundit‘s Larry Smith notes that “a recent report…has confirmed that poaching by commercial fishermen from the Dominican Republic is the greatest single threat to Bahamian seafood resources.”

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