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Arab Spring

People Power 2.0

  • 04.20.2012
  • By John Pollock

How civilians helped win the Libyan information war.


The Flip Side of the Arab Spring

  • 10.20.2015
  • By Jason Pontin


Beyond Streetbook

On-the-ground reporting of the Arab Spring revolutions will foster a more nuanced discussion of how digital tools matter, and how they don't.


The Voice of Libya

  • 09.05.2011
  • Web
  • By John Pollock

An inspiring story of citizen journalism.


New Media and the People-Powered Uprisings

Social media is a potent tool for change, one that upends the collective action dynamics that, until now, have constrained Arab citizens.


The Middle Ground between Technology and Revolutions

  • 08.26.2011
  • Web
  • By Aaron Bady

Social media didn't cause the revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia, but it did achieve unique visibility.



How Egyptian and Tunisian youth hacked the Arab Spring.


Is September 17 America's Own Tahrir Square-Style 'Facebook Revolution'?

Protests in the Middle East and elsewhere capitalized on the spontaneity of social media, but can it also be deployed deliberately?


Play it Again, King Mohammed

Oldest Arab monarchy uses classical tactics to stifle latest protests.


Watching a Digital "Jasmine Revolution" Unfold

  • 06.21.2011
  • Web
  • By John Pollock

Using Facebook and Twitter to track trouble on the streets of Tunisia.


Technology and Revolutions

Reactions to a conversation with the leaders of Egypt's "April 6" movement.

In this section, we examine the social technologies driving political change in the Arab world.

Are Facebook and Twitter really behind the revolutions shaking the Middle East? Or just artifacts of modern social upheaval?


How Egyptian and Tunisian Youth Hacked the Arab Spring

By John Pollock