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World Bank Report: Tunisia, Empowered By Social Media, Still In A Fragile Transition

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Tuesday, March 20 2012

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Tunisia, whose networked citizens earned their place in modern history as the inspiration for the wider world-changing Arab Spring movement, is still in turmoil more than a year after those disaffected citizens ... Read More

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New Media Sites in Iran Blur Lines Between Citizen Journo, Professional Journo, & Activist

In 2010, Newsweek declared Iran the “birthplace of citizen journalism.” Iranian bloggers were hailed by Westerners as “brave” for their coverage of the aftermath of the disputed 2009 election. A 40-second video of the death of Neda Agha-Soltan during an anti-government protest won a prestigious George Polk Award, the first anonymously-produced work to be so honored. And then came the 2013 study “Whither Blogestan,” which sought to explain Iran's shrinking blogosphere. Of nearly 25,000 highly active and connected blogs in 2008 and 2009, only 20 percent were still online in September 2013.

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