Tag: bahrain

by Hiba Zayadin

Abdullah Al-Maglooth and Raif Badawi are both Saudi bloggers. They both enjoy a massive online following. But while one of them was honored at the Arab Social Media Awards for employing social media channels to promote positivity and tolerance, the other is serving a ten-year prison sentence, and the very reason for his incarceration is […] more »

by Jillian C. York

With the rise of the Islamic State (or “ISIS”) and increasing repression in several countries — including Egypt and Saudi Arabia — 2014 has proven to be a rough year for freedom of expression in the Middle East and North Africa. Here are a few of this year’s big stories: Egypt The hopes of the […] more »

by Julie Keck

1. Inside Google’s big plan to race Amazon to your door (Jason Del Rey / Re/code) 2. Investigation shows NSA tracks individuals who search for articles about privacy tools (Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing) 3. Byliner gone bad and the business of longform journalism on the web (Laura Hazard Owen / GigaOm) 4. Ukraine’s civil […] more »

by Zach C. Cohen

Among the younger generation in the Middle East, Internet use is surpassing TV, and that could have long-term implications in the region. And that increased engagement online comes with important, unresolved questions about media regulation online, according to new research by Northwestern University in Qatar. The study paints an in-depth picture of the role of […] more »