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Hoping to Help Curb Corruption in Morocco by Mapping It Online

BY Hanna Sistek | Wednesday, May 30 2012

Illustration: kentoh via Shutterstock

Tarik Nesh-Nash conceived of and became part of the team that built Mamdawrinch, a just-launched site to map incidents of bribery in Morocco. Built with Transparency Maroc, the Moroccan chapter of Transparency International, the site tackles what Nesh-Nash says is an "endemic" problem in the North African country. Transparency International ranks perception of corruption in Morocco as about as bad as it is in Greece and Columbia, but slightly better than in India. ("Mamdawrinch" means "we will not bribe" in Moroccan dialect.) The focus, says Nesh-Nash, is on the petty corruption that has become part of everyday life in Morocco. "I wanted to open up the debate on the topic," says Nesh-Nash. Read More

Author's Query: Help Andy Carvin Title His Book Proposal

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, January 4 2012

NPR senior strategist and PdF pal Andy Carvin just put out a call on Twitter for help titling his book proposal. He tweets: "Need to brainstorm a working title for my book proposal. Any ideas? Would really like to avoid using social media cliches. #acarvinbook" Read More

Exporting Technology in the Middle East: Western Credibility in the Online World

BY Antonella Napolitano | Wednesday, September 7 2011

At Nordic Techpolitics MEP (and PdF friend) Marietje Schaake exposed one of the darkest side of the Internet: Western countries are exporting technology in Middle East countries fighting for independence ... Read More

Sneakernets, Football Hooligans, and the Arab Spring Online

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, August 23 2011

Go read John Pollock's insightful, well-written explanation of how online activists in Egypt and Tunisia used a mix of technology and tactics to foment revolution, which appears online and in the September/October ... Read More

NATO to Arab World: Check Us Out on YouTube

BY Nick Judd | Monday, August 22 2011

Make videos, not bombs? The North Atlantic Treaty Organization announced on Twitter recently that it has launched an Arabic-language YouTube channel. Bloomberg News reported today that NATO has said it will not stop its ... Read More

In Syria, the Dead Conceal the Living

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, August 4 2011

From The Guardian's ongoing live blog of events in the Middle East: Protesters say they have been taking the sim cards of those shot dead so that they can talk to each other and media without being tracked, Nour Ali (a ... Read More

The Networked Spring Reaches Israel

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, August 3 2011

Add Israel to the growing list of countries (Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen, Syria, Spain, Italy, England...) where a new form of network-based mass protest against the status quo has suddenly blossomed on the streets. ... Read More

Amnesty International Website Blocked in Saudi Arabia After Group Posts Draft Anti-Terror Law

BY Nick Judd | Monday, July 25 2011

The Saudi Arabian government may soon learn the answer to a deeply philosophical question: If the draft of a bill is posted to the Internet, but is inaccessible from inside the country where the bill may become law, can ... Read More

For Activists, the Syrian Internet Hasn't Gone Dark — It's Just a Dark Place

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, July 13 2011

Fear of Syrian government retaliation against people who use social media to find and coordinate protests is now keeping Syrians off those platforms, Reuters reports: I am too scared to speak about my political activity ... Read More