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Weekly Global Readings: Creativity

BY Lisa Goldman and Antonella Napolitano | Wednesday, January 23 2013

This week's theme is "creativity," whether it be photos of graffiti by Syrian anti-regime activists or a social media platform that fosters creativity and collaboration between young Indians. Read More

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New Syria Website Creates a Web 2.0 Portrait of a Complex Conflict

BY Julia Wetherell | Monday, January 14 2013

The new website Syria Deeply.

Syria Deeply is a new site that aims to broaden understanding of the Syrian conflict in the English-speaking world, through a multimedia portrait of its history and ongoing development. Read More

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Questions of Privacy, Politics and Murder in Lebanon Text-Message Row

BY Lisa Goldman | Wednesday, December 19 2012

In the wake of a high-profile car-bombing in Lebanon, text messages might finger the killers — or they might just be a useful diversion. Read More

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After 3-Day Internet Shutdown, Syria's Regime is Now Targeting Activists with Powerful New Malware

BY Lisa Goldman | Thursday, December 6 2012

When the Syrian Internet system was cut off last week, observers feared the regime had cut the civilian population off for good so that the army could do its worst without having to worry about activists filming massacres and uploading the footage to YouTube. In fact the Internet was restored after three days. But now the regime is using powerful new malware to target activists. Read More

Syria's Internet Completely Cut Off for the First Time Since its Civil War Began

BY Sam Roudman | Thursday, November 29 2012

After a Damascus car bomb (credit: FreedomHouse/Flickr)

Since early this morning, the Internet has been effectively cut off in Syria. Internet intelligence company Renesys reported that all 84 of Syria’s ISP address blocks have become unreachable. The most recent update at noon shows 92 percent of Syria’s networks still down. 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

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Interactive Map Tracks Defections of High Ranking Syrians

BY Lisa Goldman | Thursday, September 20 2012

Screenshot of Aljazeera's interactive map of Syrian defections.

As Syria's civil war rages on, with no end in sight, defections of high ranking citizens — government officials and arm officers — continues. An interactive map produced by Aljazeera English tracks the defections, provides context and details. It's an excellent resource for Syria watchers. Read More

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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

Mapping Deaths in Syria's Civil War

BY Lisa Goldman | Thursday, August 9 2012

Screen shot of the Guardian's new visualization that shows Syria's death toll in a timeline.

With limited access to NGOs and unverifiable figures from both regime sources and the opposition, it has been difficult to ascertain the death toll in Syria's year-old uprising - now called a civil war. But recently the Guardian published a map that uses the most accurate data available to track the death toll in a timeline. It's a sobering picture. Read More

In Syria's Civil War, Cyber Attacks are the "New Modern Warfare"

BY Lisa Goldman | Wednesday, August 8 2012

The intelligence service of Syria's embattled regime is engaging in sophisticated cyber warfare against anti-regime activists. This, say expert observers, is the new reality of modern warfare. Read More