Little “i” Internet: The “Innocence of Muslims” Video’s Impact on Free Speech

Over the past couple of years, Iran has not-so-secretly been building the foundations for an internal Iran-only version of the Internet, separated from the rest of the world.  Two weeks ago they took it out for a spin, shutting out Google properties such as Gmail and YouTube.  When many Iranians voiced their displeasure at losing [...]

Egypt arrests yet another Facebook user for blasphemy

On July 30, Bishoy Kamel was arrested in Egypt for sharing cartoons on Facebook that allegedly defamed the Islamic faith and the Prophet Muhammad.  The 32 year-old Coptic Christian teacher from Sohag Province could face up to 5 years in prison.  Egyptian citizen Mohamed Safwat pressed the charges, claiming that Kamel also insulted President Mohamed [...]

Internet Filtering in the Jasmine Revolution

As protests and unrest continue to destabilize the Middle East and North Africa, the effects of these popular revolutions have predictably affected Internet access in these countries. Below is a list of recent filtering measures implemented by governments who continue to face opposition from their citizens. Internet traffic from Libya has been following a curfew [...]

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