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As Protests in Sudan Spread, Reports of Teargas and Arrests On Twitter First

BY Lisa Goldman | Monday, July 9 2012

Despite the growing momentum of the protest movement, the violent response of security forces, arrests of journalists and activists and media censorship, the Sudanese uprising has so far failed to capture the world's attention. Instead, it is largely covered by young Sudanese who tweet and blog in Arabic and English, using the hashtag #sudanrevolts. Read More

UNHRC Backs Freedom of Expression on the Internet

BY Lisa Goldman | Thursday, July 5 2012

Reuters reports that "...the U.N. Human Rights Council's 47 members states agreed on Thursday that this right should be protected by all states and access to the Internet should also be guaranteed." Both Cuba and China supported the resolution, though internet access is limited by the governments of both countries. US Ambassador Eileen Donohoe called the resolution "momentous," adding: Read More

Why Open Government Data Would Not Be a Good Idea for Yemen

BY Lisa Goldman | Thursday, July 5 2012

In an insightful and counter-intuitive argument, Global Integrity's Nathaniel Heller responds to Yemeni journalist Walid Al-Saqaf's article in the Guardian, in which he calls for open government data in his country. While Heller agrees that open government data is desirable in principle, he explains why the unique set of circumstances in Yemen make open data "incredibly tricky and laden with difficult trade-offs in a post-conflict, low-income context." Read More

With "Syria Files," Has WikiLeaks Broken Its Slump?

BY Lisa Goldman | Thursday, July 5 2012

WikiLeaks began today to publish the "Syria Files" — more than two million emails that the document-leaking organization says chronicle exchanges with Syrian officials dating from August 2006 to March 2012. WikiLeaks itself warns that not every document it is publishing can verifiably be said to be authentic, and has not indicated yet where it got the tranche. Read More

Indonesian Website Names and Shames Corrupt Officials

BY Lisa Goldman | Tuesday, July 3 2012

The Wall Street Journal reports on a new website that names and shames Indonesian officials convicted of corruption. Transparency International ranks Indonesia as one of the most corrupt countries. Korupedia was launched by Indonesian activists and journalists. Read More

Activists Are Hoping to Mobilize Sudanese Diaspora With Online "Elbow-Licking Friday"

BY Lisa Goldman | Friday, June 29 2012

A Sudanese expatriate in Sweden supporting protesters. Photo: @midanfini

Popular protests against Sudan's authoritarian regime are now in their second week, with demonstrations that began in Khartoum spreading across the country. Sudan Change Now 2012 is mapping the demonstrations here. Read More

Measuring President Morsi

BY Lisa Goldman | Thursday, June 28 2012

Egyptian activists have established the Morsi Meter to keep track of newly-elected President Muhammad Morsi's performance during his first 100 days in office. Read More

More On Egypt's 'Nullified Ballots' Campaign

BY Lisa Goldman | Monday, June 25 2012

An Egyptian voter nullified his ballot by sketching Batman in the square next to each candidate's photo (Photo: @wessam_s)

Tens of thousands celebrated at Tahrir Square on Sunday afternoon, as the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohamed Morsi was declared the victor in Egypt's presidential elections. Morsi made history by becoming Egypt's first elected civilian president - and the first Islamist elected head of an Arab state. For other revolutionary activists, however, neither candidate was acceptable. To express their dissent, they organized a Mubtellon ('nullify') Campaign . Participants nullified their ballots with slogans and doodling images on their ballots, photographed them and published the photos on Twitter and Facebook. According to official estimates, more than 800,000 ballots were nullified in this manner. Read More


Reporter Detained in Sudan After Posting YouTube Video of Khartoum Protests

BY Lisa Goldman | Friday, June 22 2012

Protesters at an anti-government protest in Khartoum, Sudan

For the sixth day in a row, Khartoum university students were out protesting massive increases in the price of meals and transportation that stem from new government austerity measures. Reporters and activists on the ground in Sudan say the size of the protests are clearly worrying the government of Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir — and government forces are cracking down, attempting to limit people's ability to publish video and photos from a political moment that some are debating whether or not to call the arrival of the Arab Spring in Sudan. Efforts to capture images of the unrest, they say, are being hampered by government forces, including the brief detention of one reporter who posted video to YouTube. Read More


In Cairo, #Jan25 Activists Sidelined as Muslim Brotherhood Marches On

BY Lisa Goldman | Wednesday, June 20 2012

A voters' nullified ballot with the English/Arabic comment: "No offense, but the truth hurts."

Thousands of Egyptians thronged Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Tuesday night to protest a judicial decision that hands sweeping powers to the ruling military junta, in a move many see as a consolidation of the military’s power. The Revolutionary Socialist Youth and the April 6 movement, both composed of liberal and leftist anti-Mubarak activists, called for a protest in Tahrir Square. And so did the Muslim Brotherhood. All issued their calls via their Facebook pages. But according to many observations tweeted by people on the scene, the crowd at Tahrir was dominated by Muslim Brotherhood supporters who chanted in support of their candidate, Mohamed Morsi. Read More