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#NotAMartyr Is #HereToStay

BY Jessica McKenzie | Monday, January 13 2014

Last week I wrote that the most powerful campaign online right now started with a selfie. The #NotAMartyr campaign took off on Twitter and Facebook after a political assassination in Lebanon killed six, including an innocent teenage kid. Lebanese citizens took to social media networks to express sadness and frustration with the current state of affairs in their country by writing messages and taking selfies. Yesterday, the people behind #NotAMartyr announced on Facebook that they will continue those conversations online and off.

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The Most Powerful Campaign Online Right Now Started With A Selfie

BY Jessica McKenzie | Friday, January 3 2014

On December 27, a car bomb exploded in downtown Beirut, killing six people, including the targeted Lebanese politician and former ambassador to the United States, Mohamad Chatah.

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Lebanese Army Tries to Stem Tide of Violence With New Smartphone App

BY Jessica McKenzie | Tuesday, September 3 2013

Fireworks or gunshots? Who knows--check Way to Safety (baron valium/Flickr)

Tech-savvy entrepreneurs in Lebanon are making the streets safer to walk by warning users of gunfights, roadblocks and other hazards. The smartphone app Ma2too3a takes crowdsourced information about protests, traffic and conflict and maps it. Another app analyzes sounds and can tell you if what you're hearing is gunfire or something less threatening, like fireworks. Taking their cues from the public demand for this kind of tool, the Lebanese army last week released their own security app called LAF Shield.

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Online, Shaping a Narrow Debate After Newtown Shooting

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, December 18 2012

When President Barack Obama spoke Sunday at Newtown High School in Newtown, Conn, he promised to take action to fix what's broken in an American society that could not protect 20 young children and seven adults from death at the hands of a single disturbed person, and could not protect that killer from himself.

"We can't tolerate this anymore," he said. "These tragedies must end. And to end them, we must change. We will be told that the causes of such violence are complex, and that is true. No single law -- no set of laws can eliminate evil from the world, or prevent every senseless act of violence in our society."

But he was really just setting the table for a narrower conversation about gun control.

Most people, or anyway, most people on Twitter, seem to have got that point.

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After Surviving Colorado Tragedy, Going Online to Cope

BY Nick Judd | Friday, July 20 2012

Whenever something out of the ordinary happens — just plain weird or, in this case, tragic — it seems like someone who uses the social link-sharing site Reddit was there, and is willing to share their experience with others online. After a shooting at a midnight screening of "The Dark Knight Rises" in Aurora, Colo. that has so far left a reported 12 dead and 24-year-old James Holmes in police custody as the alleged attacker, people affected by the violence turned to their friends and family for support. In some cases, this meant turning to fellow Reddit users. Over the next few hours it'll be safe to expect a lot of coverage about how the Internet offers a new lens for people outside of these events to connect with people who were there. In this case, though, we're also seeing people who went through a traumatic experience going online to share what they saw — partly, it seems, for help getting it off of their chests. Read More

Gruesome Video of Alleged Syrian Torture Victim Back Up on YouTube

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, June 1 2011

A graphic video showing the body of a 13 year-old Syrian boy allegedly tortured and killed by the Assad government was pulled down from YouTube for a short time, reports the Nation's Ari Melber, but has since been ... Read More

Can Social Tech Help Stop the New Haven Murders?

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, April 14 2010

A string of muders in the neighborhoods of Dixwell and Newhalville in New Haven have the city scared, and local social entreprenuers looking for ways to help. Ben Berkowitz helps run SeeClickFix. That's the social ... Read More

When what the web connects is violent anger

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, December 16 2009

Tom Friedman puts a clever tagline on a idea that we've notice popping up with increasing regularity lately. Read More

No room on Facebook for fans of Berlusconi attacker (Updated)

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, December 16 2009

This weekend's attack on Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi by a statuette wielding assailant tapped into some rising anti-Berlusconi sentiment in Italy, but that isn't the sort of bottom-up political organizing that ... Read More