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Libya Uses World's First Mobile Voter Registration System for Parliament Elections

BY Rebecca Chao | Wednesday, June 25 2014

An advertisement for SMS voter registration in Tripoli. (Credit: Josh Levinger)

In just six months, a small staff of 20 people using open source tools, built a complex, first-of-its-kind mobile registration system in Libya, a transitioning country beset with violence. Today, Libyans will vote for a new parliament and 1.5 million citizens have registered. Since the fall of Libya's long-ruling dictator, Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, the violence and tribal clashes that plague the country have overshadowed the work of a new government straining to rebuild it through innovation and openness. Read More

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EU Initiative Will Map Cyber Repression Around the World

BY Lisa Goldman | Thursday, November 8 2012

The EU is about to launch "a global monitoring system that will help chart digital repression by mapping the Internet’s "cyber geography" in near real time," reports Slate. Read More

Bahrain and Belarus named Enemies of the Internet

BY Miranda Neubauer | Tuesday, March 13 2012

Reporters without Borders released an updated report yesterday of the countries that it has designated Enemies of the Internet. Read More

Evidence of Gaddafi's Death -- and U.S. Reactions -- All On YouTube

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, October 20 2011

Source: CBS News U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was in front of a CBS News camera when someone handed her a BlackBerry bearing reports of Muammar Gaddafi's death. CBS News has disabled embedding on the video, ... 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

Mass Text Urged Tripolitanians To the Streets

BY Nick Judd | Monday, August 22 2011

The U.K.'s Channel 4 News reports that in Tripoli, subscribers of the (formerly?) state-run Libyan telecommunications service recieved an unusual text message early Monday morning: If technology helped to co-ordinate the ... Read More

As Revolution Unfolds in Libya, Tripoli Returns to the Internet

BY Nick Judd | Monday, August 22 2011

As forces rebelling against the regime of Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi moved to gain control of the capital city of Tripoli yesterday, something strange happened: Tripoli's citizens could, suddenly, talk about it again ... Read More

"What Part of 'Dictator' Do You Not Understand?"

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, March 29 2011

Going around: one of those xtranormal videos that throws anti-Bush arguments on Iraq back at Obama supporters when it comes to Libya. (via Shaun Dakin) Read More

Ushahidi Japan vs. Ushahidi Libya

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, March 29 2011

Mix a terrible natural disaster with a highly networked and tech savvy Japanese population, and you get a potentially "quite powerful" use of the crowd-mapping platform Ushahidi, says Patrick Meier, Ushahidi's ... Read More

Mohammed Nabbous Killed in Benghazi

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, March 21 2011

Nabbous, a 27-year-old software engineer, had become the eyes and ears for western news organizations in Libya in recent days, in part because he managed to rig up ways to bypass the Gadhafi regimes information ... Read More