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Washington Times: Social media stew plays potent role in global digital activism

The Washington Times recently did a write up of work I’ve been doing with the Digital Activism Research Project team.

The strengths — and drawbacks — of Web-based political organizing have received increasing scrutiny following the popular uprisings after the disputed 2009 Iranian election and the so-called “Facebook Revolution” that toppled longtime Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak. But the organizing power of social media sites also has inspired a counterattack from authoritarian regimes, who have grown increasingly sophisticated in monitoring and restricting the flow of online information.

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