Internet won’t bring real democracy in Egypt (pass it on)

No kidding (and such news should be given to Western journalists who love talking about a “Facebook/Twitter revolution” in the Arab world): Egyptians who turned to Facebook and Twitter to galvanize their revolt against Hosni Mubarak are starting to wonder whether faith in social media as the key to Egypt’s democratic future might be a…

Internet turning into tool of national security state

We see evidence for this everywhere, in both democracies and repressive nations alike. But how many of us in Western states recognise that tools like Facebook can be utilised for both “good” (connecting friends and family) and bad (surveillance)? Freelance journalist Inga Ting interviewed me for this piece in Crikey yesterday: Yet the problem may…

Breaking news; Facebook didn’t bring down Mubarak

Pew shames a Western media that routinely praises the internet for bringing revolutions to Egypt and beyond (thanks to The Angry Arab): Role of Social Networking: Nearly a quarter of Egyptians (23%) say they… have used social networking sites such as… Facebook, MySpace and Twitter to obtain news… about their country’s political situation; 6%… access these sites but have…

Here’s what the US does well; inept propaganda

Seriously: The US military is developing software that will let it secretly manipulate social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter by using fake online personas to influence internet conversations and spread pro-American propaganda. A Californian corporation has been awarded a contract with United States Central Command (Centcom), which oversees US armed operations in the…

Washington; enough of this Arab democracy talk

Evidence one: As more than 100,000 protesters descended into the streets on Friday, women uniformly dressed in black flowing robes carried signs saying, “Revolution: The only solution.” Three weeks of pro-democracy protests in this island nation have followed the pattern of those in Egypt and Tunisia, with cellphones and Facebook posts propelling the movement and…