The Blog — Digital Activism Daily
Since 2004, social media has grown to become a determining factor in the reporting of any story we come across. Without it, one wonders what might have happened over the last 16 months in the MENA region, or if the Arab Spring would have occurred at all.
Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Wikipedia, Reddit, Digg – social media is what brings many of us together. And despite the sweeping changes taking place in the Middle East, one thing remains the same: there are not as many women using social media tools as men.
An Iranian blogger known by the pseudonym, Vakil al-Raoaya, has a new post titled, “The First Post After Filtering.” Al-Raoaya’s blog had previously been targeted by filters, which the Iranian government frequently uses to block public access to websites that express criticism toward the regime.
As expatriated Syrian activists use Facebook and other social networking sites to express their thoughts and keep in touch with Syrians on the ground, the Assad regime continues to harass them both in real life and online.
Today in Digital Activism: 40 people killed in Syria on Friday, campaign to free imprisoned Egyptian activist @alaa, updates from Bahrain, and Ugandan opposition leader arrested.
Today in digital activism: More bloggers and journalists are detained in Syria, Twitter is a valuable tool for Chinese activists, an Egyptian man is tortued to death by prison guards, and other stories from Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, and Sudan.
Today in digital activism human rights violations continue in Iran especially for students, jailed Iranian blogger Hossein Ronaghi Malki lost a kidney because of prison medical neglect, protests continue in Syria, Khaled Said murder trial spurs call to renew the Egyptian revolution, and Yemeni women burn their veils in protest.
Today in Digital Activism: The Iranian regime has sentenced Actress Marzieh Vafamehr to 90 lashes and a year in prison for her role in a film. In Egypt Coptics were violently attacked and killed during a peaceful protest in Cairo. As the 'Occupy Wallstreet' movement gains force activists all over the world are joining in, including China.
Today in Digital Activism: Mexicans are using social media not to organize, but to survive. Crackdown agaisnt protestors in Mauritania, lashings for women who drive in Saudia Arabia, protests in Yemen, hacking in Venezuela, and reports that Wael Ghonim and other Arab Spring activists will be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.
Today in Digital Activism: Students and workers strike at the American University in Cairo, protests continue in Yemen where women bravely stand up to security forces, a beloved activist is killed in Syria, and Iran attempts to block Tor.
Today in digital activism: Slutwalks come to Morrocco, human rights crackdown in Bahrain, updates from the Mubarak trial, more protests for Lake Urmia in Iran, Mexicans use Twitter hashtags for citizen-driven 'Narco Censorship', protests agaisnt Mswati bailout, doctors on trial in Bahrain and a hunger strike.