Conversations I Wish I Had

The Rise of Social Media Surveillance and Censorship in the Middle East


Person of Interest, Homeland, Revenge, Spooks, and The Wire. Besides being excellent examples of addictive American TV, they all have one thing in common: the theme of surveillance. From Wikileaks to London Riots, Arab Spring to man-hunt by Saudi Arabia for anti-monarch tweets – social media surveillance has seen its share of limelight in recent years. The entertainment industry has taken more than a little keen interest in taking this idea and exploding it all over our screens. The reality can be grim and less glamorous for people passionate for social change in the Middle East. I have always been interested in the interaction of social media with movements of social change. Having researched the role of twitter in the Egyptian Rising that led to the toppling of Mubarak, it was interesting for me to see how oppressive governments interact with social media.

While social media can…

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