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September 26, 2011

Fear of Repression Spurs Scholars and Activists to Build Alternate Internets

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By Jeffrey R. Young, Chronicle of Higher Education

Computer networks proved their organizing power during the recent uprisings in the Middle East, in which Facebook pages amplified street protests that toppled dictators. But those same networks showed their weaknesses as well, such as when the Egyptian government walled off most of its citizens from the Internet in an attempt to silence protesters. That has led scholars and activists increasingly to consider the Internet’s wiring as a disputed political frontier.

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