Press Review: May 2011

In a speech at an MIT symposium Tim Berners-Lee says that two decades after creating the World Wide Web, humans have become so reliant on it that access to the Web should now be considered a basic right.

Dans ce billet de blog, Yves Gonzalez – Quijano, s’interroge sur un “internet egyptien”. Il nous propose un historique de l’internet arabe, plus particulièrement de l’internet en Egypte.  Il nous décrit tout d’abord, l’internet politique egyptien de 2004 à 2006, puis la diversification de la blogosphère et la montée de la répression de 2007 à 2009. Enfin, cette publication numérique nous donne un bilan et les perspectives de la mobilisation politique et de l’internet en Egypte.

Despite the challenges of reporting from Syria, a few recent articles have identified the ways that online activism in Syria right now consists largely of risking one’s security to broadcast information from the streets of protest. But are Syrian authorities displaying increased innovation in stifling this information?

Amnesty warned in a new report that dictators in the Arab world could crush uprisings against their iron-fisted rule using the same social media that have been credited with boosting the revolts.

The Obama administration laid out plans to work aggressively with other nations to make the Internet more secure, enable law enforcement to work closely on cybercrime, and ensure that citizens everywhere have the freedom to express themselves online.

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