Harvard survey shows one third of Arab bloggers have bean threatened for their opinions, one fifth reported on-line accounts have been hacked





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Written by yoni67
3011 days ago

I think autocratic and despotic regimes have always spent a great deal of time, effort and resources in spying on their own citizens. Technology and posting in public forums is a dual-edged sword: it makes it easier to spread your word and also easier to have Big-Brother watch.



Written by businessavante
3011 days ago

I'm pretty sure Google will soon become as close to "Big Brother" as anything we've experienced in the U.S. - with the possible exception of J. Edgar Hoover's tenure in the FBI. He had dossiers on everyone, but he didn't have Google's reach into literally everything we do online (a thought which makes my skin crawl).



Written by saraib820
3011 days ago

Duncan,

I have mixed feelings and am very wary. Maybe even paranoid. If these countries become true democracies or something similar I will look back and laugh.

If however they become hardcore radical regimes (example - post-Shah Iran), we might look back on the good old days of these dictators.

Maybe I'm thinking too hard?

R.



Written by businessavante
3011 days ago

Nobody knows What's going to happen - I don't envy the citizens going through such literally radical changes. It's a perilous time - but there's at least the hope of something better.



Written by businessavante
3011 days ago

Hi Rivkah.

Monday morning the news had President Assad saying the same things Quadhaffi said February 28th: Me leave office?? Hahahaha!!

1st they crack down - what happens next is in the hands of the people.

Duncan



Written by saraib820
3011 days ago

It's also big news here that Iran has cut of all financial support for Hamas. Ahmedinejad is VERY upset that Hamas has not been vocally supportive of Assad's regime.



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