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Social Media Has Been a Mixed Blessing for the Arab Spring

BY Lisa Goldman | Friday, February 15 2013

Cairo graffiti (image: Hossam El-Hamalawy/Flickr)

Two years ago, social media was the star of the Arab Spring. Today it is still important, but there is ample evidence to support the theory that it is also harmful. Read More

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In Egypt, Digital Maps Start a Conversation About Harassment that Continues In the Street

BY Lisa Goldman | Friday, November 30 2012

Screenshot from Harassmap.org

Several months before the Egyptian revolution, a group of Cairo-based volunteers launched Harassmap, an Ushahidi-based interactive map that provides a visualization of reported sexual harassment incidents. Two years later, the organization has grown and secured its funding. But what role has mapping played in their community outreach work? Read More

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Egyptian Belly Dancer's Salacious Video Mocking Muslim Brotherhood Goes Viral

BY Mahmoud Salem | Monday, November 19 2012

Sama El Masry (publicity shot)

Last week Sama El Masry, a famous Egyptian belly dancer, uploaded a home-made video to YouTube; it shows her in a skin tight outfit, swinging her hips seductively to a song rife with anti-Muslim Brotherhood political innuendo. The sexy little number set the Egyptian social media and political worlds ablaze — but not only because it mocked the prudish Islamists with the double whammy of gyrating hips and lyrics that were a blatant political satire that pulled no punches. In a bizarre twist that could only happen in post-revolutionary Egypt, the dancer was also famous for claiming to be the ex-wife of a Salafi member of parliament. Read More

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Examining eDiplomacy: Like it or Not, It is Essential and Here to Stay

BY Lisa Goldman | Tuesday, October 30 2012

Secretary Clinton, State Dept Flickr stream

A new paper from the Brookings Institute examines the reach and effectiveness of eDiplomacy. Read More

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Morsi Meter Releases Status Report on Egyptian President's First 100 Days

BY Lisa Goldman | Monday, October 15 2012

Screenshot of the MorsiMeter site

The people behind the MorsiMeter, a website that monitors and updates readers about the Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi's progress in implementing his campaign promises, have released a report assessing his first 100 days in his office. Read More

In Egypt and Libya, Evidence Mounts: Unlikely 9/11 Unrest a Response to Film Clips Alone

BY Lisa Goldman | Wednesday, September 12 2012

It sounds like the plot of a B-movie: Mobs of enraged Muslims attack US embassies in the Arab world on the anniversary of 9/11 because of a film that purportedly insults the Prophet Mohamed. But the facts don't support the theory of spontaneous rage at a YouTube video gone viral. Read More

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Websites as Political Organizers

BY Lisa Goldman | Tuesday, September 11 2012

A prominent Egyptian activist and labor organizer explains in detail how websites can be used for effective political organization. Includes fascinating data about the rise in Internet access amongst the very poor, whose primary portal is increasingly their mobile phones. Read More

The Egyptian Twittersphere, 18 Months Into the Revolution

BY Lisa Goldman | Saturday, August 25 2012

Cairo demonstrator (photo: Mosa'ab Elshamy)

In January 25 they were the face of the Egyptian revolution. Young, tech savvy, fluent in English, Cairo-based activists tweeted constant updates from the streets of the Egyptian capital. Their photos, videos and live reporting catapulted many of them to celebrity, especially after Hosni Mubarak resigned. Where are they today? Read More

Kahrabtak: Mapping Egypt's Summer Electricity Blackouts

BY Lisa Goldman | Monday, August 13 2012

Screenshot taken from Kahrabtak.com homepage.

In response to a country-wide energy crisis, Egypt's newly elected government has instituted rolling power cuts, leaving people without air conditioning for hours during the heat of the summer, when daytime temperatures soar to 40 degrees Celsius (104 Farehnheit). While many Egyptians are venting their frustration on social media platforms, one group of Egyptians is mapping the blackouts on a site called Kahrabtak. 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