Posts tagged “Tunisia”

Manipulating social networks

In this op-ed article, author Jillian C. York discusses the tendency of activists to censor themselves using special tools like Tor, or staying off certain networks altogether, due to the knowledge that posting the wrong picture on Facebook can get them arrested, if not worse.

Anonymous takes down Tunisian government site in the name of AntiSec; Calls it fight against Internet censorship

Source: Amrutha Gayathri, International Business Times

Albeit LulzSec calling it quits, the hacking saga continues. Hacker group Anonymous claimed responsibility of taking down Tunisian government’s official website moments ago. The seized domain now displays text posted by Anonymous, along with a masked image that signifies the hacker collective.

The display post alleged that the Tunisian government “ignored demands from Anonymous” to withdraw from their “quest for internet censorship.” The hacking group claimed that “more and more have joined Anon, only to prove that for each fallen Anon there are many.”

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Tunisia: Internet Censorship Makes a Comeback

“Internet censorship is making a comeback in Tunisia, much to the annoyance of many cyber activists across the country.

During the rule of ousted Tunisian president Zein El Abideen Ben Ali, the government exercised a harsh censorship policy by blocking all web pages and websites that criticized the regime, including websites such as those of Al Jazeera, Amnesty International, WikiLeaks, YouTube, Nawaat and DailyMotion, as well as dozens of Facebook pages.”

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Porn site popularity worries Tunisians

“Uncensored cyberspace emerged after the Tunisian revolution. For young people, a wide-open web is exciting. For parents who see the dangers in limitless browsing, it is a nightmare.

Pornographic websites are now the most visited in Tunisia, internet information company Alexa revealed last month. Several Facebook groups have already called for re-instating the ban on X-rated sites.

Amid the ongoing debate, Tunisian Internet and Multimedia Association (ATIM) chief Moez Souabni said in a press release in Sabah that the decision to censor pornographic websites can only come after a petition is signed by those adversely affected and presented to the district attorney whereby they communicate their refusal to make these websites accessible.”

From Magharebia

Tunisian bloggers expect role to grow

“Two months after Mr. Ben Ali’s fall, the caretaker government that is to lead Tunisia to summer elections has embraced the very tools its predecessor tried to destroy.

It has lifted Web censorship. Key ministries – including the Interior Ministry, once in charge of the feared political police – now communicate with citizens through Facebook.

Some of the bloggers, once under threat from Mr. Ben Ali’s secret agents, are courted as heroes. One serves in the interim government, others have been awarded an online media freedom prize, and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton met with Internet activists during her first post-revolt visit to Tunisia this month.”

From The Washington Times

When Unrest Stirs, Bloggers Are Already in Place

“As the protests spread across Tunisia for weeks, many international news organizations scrambled to cover the unrest just before President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali fled on Jan. 14, ending 23 years of authoritarian rule. But Amira al-Hussaini was all over the story.

Ms. Hussaini oversaw a handful of bloggers who gathered information about the mounting protests in Tunisia for Global Voices, a volunteer-driven organization and platform that works with bloggers all over the world to translate, aggregate and link to online content. As part of its reporting, she said, the site turned to Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, where other bloggers and hundreds of ordinary people stepped into the role of citizen journalists and shared their experiences, cellphone photos and videos online.”

From The New York Times

Tunisian bloggers win online media award

“PARIS — Reporters Without Borders on Friday gave its annual award for online media freedom to a Tunisian blogging group – highlighting the role of social media in Arab world uprisings this year.

Tunisia’s Nawaat.org won the media watchdog’s Google-sponsored euro2,500 ($3,450) Netizen Prize for efforts to promote freedom of expression online.

Nawaat.org played an important role rallying anti-government protesters in Tunisia, where President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali’s regime routinely quashed dissent and strictly controlled traditional media.”

From The Washington Post

The truth about Twitter, Facebook and the uprisings in the Arab world

“As commentators have tried to imagine the nature of the uprisings, they have attempted to cast them as many things: as an Arab version of the eastern European revolutions of 1989 or something akin to the Iranian revolution that toppled the Shah in 1979. Most often, though, they have tried to conceive them through the media that informed them – as the result of WikiLeaks, as “Twitter revolutions” or inspired by Facebook.

Precisely how we communicate in these moments of historic crisis and transformation is important. The medium that carries the message shapes and defines as well as the message itself. The instantaneous nature of how social media communicate self-broadcast ideas, unlimited by publication deadlines and broadcast news slots, explains in part the speed at which these revolutions have unravelled, their almost viral spread across a region. It explains, too, the often loose and non-hierarchical organisation of the protest movements unconsciously modelled on the networks of the web.”

From The Guardian

Facebook Officials Keep Quiet on Its Role in Revolts

“With Facebook playing a starring role in the revolts that toppled governments in Tunisia and Egypt, you might think the company’s top executives would use this historic moment to highlight its role as the platform for democratic change. Instead, they really do not want to talk about it.

The social media giant finds itself under countervailing pressures after the uprisings in the Middle East. While it has become one of the primary tools for activists to mobilize protests and share information, Facebook does not want to be seen as picking sides for fear that some countries — like Syria, where it just gained a foothold — would impose restrictions on its use or more closely monitor users, according to some company executives who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were discussing internal business.”

From The New York Times