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Another Co-Opted Hashtag: #MustSeeIran

BY Jessica McKenzie | Wednesday, April 23 2014

The Twitter hashtag #MustSeeIran was created to showcase Iran's architecture, landscapes, and would-be tourist destinations. It was then co-opted by activists to bring attention to human rights abuses and infringements. Now Twitter is home to two starkly different portraits of a country. Read More


Digital Platform Empowers Women Within Pakistan's Patriarchal System

BY Jessica McKenzie | Wednesday, February 5 2014

Barriers to the workforce for women in Pakistan have compelled them to get creative (Leo Reynolds/Flickr)

In Pakistan, where many women are discourage from working outside of the home, technology has opened up different avenues through which women can enter the workforce. One start-up called the Women's Digital League is helping to facilitate this shift and to get more women working.

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Movement Times: TechPresident's Top Posts of 2011

BY Micah L. Sifry and Nick Judd | Wednesday, December 21 2011

Tahrir Square in February. By Ramy Raoof

From the streets of Tunisia to Wall Street, and online from the WikiLeaks wars to the early election skirmishes of 2012, this has been a tumultuous time. Next year, who knows, maybe everything will just get really boring. Though we kind of doubt it. But in case you missed anything, or just want a refresher on what went down on these pixels, here's our subjective, selective and unrepresentative sampler of the Best of techPresident 2011. Read More

Twitter as Mainstream Media's Meta Minder

BY Nick Judd | Friday, November 18 2011

A freelancer for Reuters in Yemen won't be reporting from that country anymore after a Twitter-stoked brouhaha over his other job — as a translator for Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh. The capstone of the ... Read More

Guilty-by-Gear in Syria?

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, April 26 2011

Is it dangerous to simply own a satellite phone in Syria these days? Al Jazeera English is reporting that a prominent activist is in serious trouble in the western part of the country with the official charges against ... Read More

A Close Watching of YouTube's Revolutionary Videos

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, March 31 2011

Over on Foreign Policy, David Kenner breaks down the view that YouTube gives us on the Arab Street. Kenner plucks out nine videos from everywhere from Bahrain to Egypt to Libya, and, importantly, tells us why they ... Read More

No Room on Facebook for "Third Palestinian Intifada" Page

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, March 29 2011

The government of Israel called on Facebook to take down a group page that called for Palestinians and allies to fight "against injustice, division, and corruption," with a nod towards resistance movements ... Read More

"It Has Taken the Power Away"

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, March 18 2011

“In a lot of ways, it has taken the power away from the traditional powerful leaders, especially older men,” says the leader of a Jordanian social media workshop in a strong new Michael Slackman piece in the ... Read More

Let's All Build a MENA Protest Map

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, February 23 2011

Wikipedia's editable map of recent protests in the Middle East and northern Africa Read More