· March, 2011

Stories about Middle East & North Africa from March, 2011

31 March 2011

Understanding Iran's Cyberpolitical Context

Since I last posted, events on the ground and online in Iran have continued to escalate. This is broadly in line with my belief that the Iranian government has decided...

30 March 2011

Muhammad Bakr Radwan: an Egyptian activist detained in Syria

On March 26 Egyptian engineer Muhammad Bakr Radwan was detained in Damascus, Syria, following Friday’s demonstrations in the country. He has been accused of espionage. Radwan is an Egyptian-American citizen...

Bahraini “Blogfather” Mahmood Al-Yousif Arrested

Shortly after 3am local time, prominent Bahraini blogger Mahmood al-Yousif was arrested in his home. Before leaving with police officers, the blogger tweeted, "Police here for me." His brother and...

28 March 2011

Liberal Jewish Blogger Under Attack

Richard Silverstein, a liberal Jewish blogger, has come under attack from right wing nationalists and religious hard liners. In his blog Tikun Olam, Silverstein has posted a statement sent to...

25 March 2011

Microsoft Compromises Users’ Privacy: No HTTPS in Arab Countries, Iran

With the ongoing protestes and violent crackdown from governments in the Middle East, compromising online security could have dire repercussions on the wellbeing of internet users in the region. Email security is...

23 March 2011

Syria: A Blogger Arrested, a Journalist Missing

Amidst a crackdown on protests in Daraa, Syria, a journalist is reported missing, while a blogger has reportedly been arrested, not long after being released for a previous arrest.

18 March 2011

Alert: Ali Abdulemam goes missing in Bahrain

We just received the following news from the Bahrain Human Rights Society alerting us about the missing of our dear friend and colleague Ali Abdulemam. Ali Abdulemam, a leading Bahraini...

10 March 2011

How Much Does Internet Access Matter?

Amidst the ongoing debate of the role of social media in revolutions across the Middle East and North Africa lies another question: To what degree does Internet access matter in...