Malcolm Gladwell’s Still Got it Wrong

In October of last year Malcolm Gladwell wrote a much-read piece in the New Yorker arguing that the value of social media for activism was greatly overstated and older analog methods of organizing were more effective. The piece drew considerable criticism from the blogosphere, which picked apart his argument from a variety of angles. On…

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The Modern State Under Attack

Western Democracies Feel the Strain The revolutions in the Middle East are politically Darwinian. The authoritarian post-colonial state, so well suited to life in the twentieth century, finds itself maladapted to life in the twenty-first, when satellite television has pierced the information vacuum, removing the tyrant’s ability to define political realty, and the Internet has…

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Private Sites Attack Political Content: Flickr Removes Amn Dawla Content

After Egyptian protesters seized Amn el Dawla documents a flurry of photos have been uploaded on social networking sites and other web platforms including Flickr. Given the volume of the documentation seized it has been difficult to effectively design mechanisms to ensure authenticity and redaction of sensitive personal information. When Flickr removed content from uploaded…

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Amn Dawla Leaks: Egyptians Use WikiLeaks Model to Publicize State Security Secrets

Though initial hype about a “WikiLeaks Revolution” in Tunisia has largely proven unfounded, the format of open source collection and publication of documentation has obviously inspired Egyptian activists. On Friday March 4th, when the Ministry of the Interior announced that all state security operations were suspended until the Ministry underwent “restructuring,” all staff vacated office…

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