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Mapping Syria's Civil War

BY Lisa Goldman | Tuesday, August 21 2012

Screenshot of the map created by the Institute for the Study of War

The BBC reports that the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) has compiled a map that shows what parts of Syria are in the hands of the Free Syrian Army and what parts are still under the regime's control. Read More

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YouTube Now Lets You Blur Faces in Videos: What This Means for Safety-Minded Activists

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, July 18 2012

Today YouTube is rolling out a new feature that allows users to obscure faces that appear within videos before posting them.

"Whether you want to share sensitive protest footage without exposing the faces of the activists involved, or share the winning point in your 8-year-old’s basketball game without broadcasting the children’s faces to the world, our face blurring technology is a first step towards providing visual anonymity for video on YouTube," YouTube policy associate Amanda Conway wrote in a blog post.

One expert in video in activism calls this "a step in the right direction," but warns that the most important tool for videographers is an understanding of when and why to use this kind of feature.

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How the New York Times Uses Citizen Media to Watch "Syria's War"

BY Lisa Goldman | Monday, July 16 2012

Source: YouTube via nytimes.com.

Forced to watch ongoing violence and unrest in Syria from afar, the New York Times launched "Watching Syria's War," an interactive page that presents, parses and explains videos coming out of the country from a growing group of activists and everyday citizens. In an edited interview with Lisa Goldman, page editor J David Goodman explains how the project works, from the way the Times breaks down what is or isn't credible for its visitors to what the entire endeavor might say about the future of conflict reporting. 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

Middle Eastern Bloggers May Be Unprepared for Online Security Threats, Study Finds

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, August 2 2011

In the face of increasing threats to their safety and their ability to publish, bloggers in the Middle East don't have a firm grasp on how to protect themselves online, according to survey results released yesterday by ... 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

W.H. Organizes Post-Speech Twitter Conversation on the Middle East with @carvin and @abuaardvark

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, May 18 2011

NPR's Andy Carvin (@acarvin) and Foreign Policy's Marc Lynch (@abuaardvark) will be facilitating a Twitter conversation with Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes shortly after President Obama delivers a speech ... Read More

Andy Carvin's Middle East Tweeting

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, April 13 2011

The Washington Post's Paul Farhi profiles Andy Carvin, the NPR social media strategist who has been tweeting and retweeting about the uprisings in the Middle East for months now. Farhi considers what Carvin is up to: ... Read More

Larry Klayman Wants Facebook to Pay for "Third Intifada" Page

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, April 1 2011

Larry Klayman says he's suing both Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg for more than a billion bucks for not pulling down a "Third Palestinian Intifada" page more quickly, reports TechCrunch's Robin Wauters. Wauters ... Read More